CENTURY at John Marshall
7 p.m. Friday, John Drews Field
Records: Century is 1-1 in the Big Southeast Red District, 1-1 overall. JM is 0-1, 0-2.
Last week: Century stunned top-10 ranked Mankato West, winning 35-14. John Marshall lost 48-14 at Kasson-Mantorville
Last meeting: Century beat JM 29-18 last season.
Century notes: The Panthers have won the last two in the series, but JM still holds a 15-10 overall edge. Century is coming off a win over a Mankato West team that had beaten JM 49-14 in the season opener. The Panthers won last week with backup quarterback Nathan Eberhart placing in place of Brock Shamblin (hamstring) and throwing for 219 yards and a TD. Isaiah Huber also had a breakout game last week as the senior rushed for a career-high 203 yards and three TDs. Mark Leonard is coming off a strong game on both sides of the ball as he had an interception to set up a Century TD and he also caught a TD pass. The Panthers had a strong overall defensive effort against Mankato West and did not allow a point in the second half.
John Marshall notes: Besides having a tough start to its season, losing both its games by a combined 97-28, JM has a number of players fighting flu bugs and sprained ankles this week. . .JM has had its toughest time on the defensive side of the ball. The Rockets were outscored 42-0 in the first half against West and 21-0 in the first quarter against Kasson-Mantorville. JM seemed to get a spark from the play of quarterback Cole Peterson who was inserted into the K-M game less than midway through. Peterson finished 6-for-8 passing for 47 yards and also ran three times for 17 yards. . .JM coach Kevin Kirkeby was imploring his big offensive line to play better after a sub-par effort against West. Things improved there in the loss to K-M, according to Kirkeby.
Century coach Jon Vik: "We played a much better game against West than we did in week one and it is the way we played that is significant. I was proud of the physical nature of our play and most importantly the passion with which we played. We will need to repeat that this week as we draw crosstown rival JM. John Marshall has not started the season as well as they would have liked. They played a West team that has one of the best passing games in the state and then played a highly motivated KM team last week who run an option attack that is difficult to defend. In both games they got behind early and had field position problems made it hard to recover. When you watch film it is evident JM has some talented players. On offense, JM has an offensive line that is large and mobile. QB is helmed by two players who both are duel-threat players making them a challenge to defend Coach Kirkeby does a nice job running stretch plays and sweeps to threaten the perimeter as a compliment his inside running game. He uses a quick passing game with Woodford catching the ball well. We must play gap sound defense and read our keys to keep this offense in check. Defensively JM has some speedy athletic backs to go with their powerful line and aggressive linebacker group that includes returning All-District player Braden Black. We need to be able to protect and create some running lanes to be an effective offense against this group.
"Most importantly, we will have to match the passion and intensity we had last week to be ready for a crosstown battle with a team who is better than their record indicates."
JM coach Kevin Kirkeby: “Century’s line is much bigger than people have been led to believe, and they are very physical in all aspects. Our offense has not moved the ball well, so we have to be able to control the ball. Our offensive line did better (against K-M). We have to keep that going and get even better. Defensively, we have to do our assignments and get some three-and-outs.”
— Pat Ruff and Guy N. Limbeck