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7 p.m. Friday, Mayo Stadium

Records: Mayo 4-2; Winona 6-0.

Last week: Mayo beat John Marshall 24-12; Winona beat Northfield 31-7.

Last meeting: Mayo defeated Winona 62-14 in Rochester in 2014. 

Mayo notes: Despite limited playing time on offense, Mayo's Asa Cummings is averaging 95 yards per game from scrimmage and is rushing for an average of 6.6 yards per carry. He also ranks fourth in total tackles for the Spartans. ... Quarterback Cade Sheehan has completed passes to nine different receivers and is averaging 217 yards passing per game. Defensively, he is tied for the team lead in tackles with 31. ... The Spartans have converted 53 percent of their third downs and are 9-for-18 on fourth down, but have allowed opponents to convert 68 percent of third downs. ... Mayo has been penalized 43 times for 260 yards through six games, while their foes have been flagged just 20 times for 155 yards. 

Winona notes: Winona's six opponents this year have a combined record of 12-29. ... The Winhawks have outscored their opponents 60-3 in the first quarter. ... Winona is averaging 15 yards per punt return, with two return TDs. ... Quarterback Jackson Nibbelink has accounted for 17 of Winona's 28 offensive touchdowns, with nine rushing TDs and eight TD passes. ... Winona has piled up 2,048 yards of offense in six games while holding opponents to a total of 443 yards. ... Winona has been penalized just seven times in six games.  

Mayo head coach Donny Holcomb: "Winona has had a lot of success in the past three or four years. They know what it's like to win and be in the state tournament, so they definitely have experience. They have a defensive end who has committed to play at Wisconsin, and he's going to play some tight end this week against us. They're athletic, they've got a big offensive and defensive line, so we're expecting to see a really good opponent. We've put a big emphasis this week on stopping their quarterback, both his running and passing. He's had plenty of time to throw this year, and when he does, he makes some good reads. ... Our No. 1 focus this week has been on eliminating the pre-snap penalties. As coaches, we've taken a little bit more control over how we run our offense to prevent some of those false-start penalties. ... The field will be just fine on Friday, but the ball might be wet, and it's definitely going to be cold and windy, so we're just planning to go ahead and do what we do. If we can't throw the ball as much, we feel like we have a good running game plan." 

Up Next: Mayo plays at Century on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

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Eric is the Post Bulletin outdoors editor and also is a sports reporter and columnist. He has a master's degree in American literature from the University of Kentucky and began working at the Post Bulletin in 2000. He’s an avid hunter and angler.