Prep football: Featured area games
Glencoe-Silver Lake (1-0, 2-1)
at New London-Spicer (1-0, 2-1)
New London-Spicer has a great chance to spread out from its competition in the Wright County Conference's West Division tonight against second-place Glencoe Silver-Lake. The Wildcats could be considered a lucky winner last week against Litchfield. They managed just 63 yards of offense yet won 20-14 in large part because of big plays: Adam Essler TDs on an 85-yard punt return and an 81-yard kickoff return. But in many circles that's called figuring out a way to win when the whole shootin' match seems to be going against you. Here's the nub: NLS is 3-0 against teams with a combined 1-8 record. GSL is 2-1 against teams that are a combined 7-2. This might be the week we find out if NLS is for real.
Paynesville (1-2, 1-2)
at ACGC (2-1, 2-1)
Here's where two West Central Conference teams have a chance to prove what they're really made of. ACGC was handled by BOLD in its season-opener, then rebounded with two convincing wins to barge back into conference title contention. A Paynesville team seemingly decimated by graduation won its season-opener but then lost a 26-24 heartbreaker in its second game against Morris and were thumped by BOLD 43-8. The Bulldogs have a solid run game, led by Nathan Meyer (411 yards, 6 TDs). The Falcons feature no statistical leaders but seem to be back, grinding out a solid season behind a strong defense. This game will tell what the first three games alluded to.
Sauk Centre (2-1, 2-1)
at BOLD (3-0, 3-0)
After last Friday, the Morris/CA statement to BOLD is, more or less, this: 'OK, you saw us, now show us something.' The Tigers versus undefeated Sauk Centre last week was supposed to be a supreme test. The Tigers treated it like an open-book exam, roughing up the Mainstreeters 41-8. BOLD, the cream of the West Central so far, took care of business again, dispatching Paynesville by five touchdowns. So now we get to see how the Warriors, led by quarterback Tyler Rock, running back Chaz Roush and a stout defense, do against a Sauk Centre team obviously not thrilled with its work against MCA. It's as close to a showdown as you'll find in a season when BOLD and MCA won't play each other in the regular season.
Canby (3-0, 3-0)
at MACCRAY (0-3, 0-3)
No offense to the Lancers of Canby. Those kids work as hard as any team's and it's shown to this point with a 3-0 record in the Little Sioux Conference. But if there ever was a time when you'd want to wish for a little divine intervention, it's this week when the MACCRAY Wolverines, winless in three games, play host to the Lancers for Homecoming. The mother of MACCRAY starter Stefan Bedel was killed in a car accident on Labor Day, and just days later, Wolverines' starting center Jake Listerud was seriously injured in another car crash just miles from the Bedel crash. If any team deserved to feel good for a few minutes on a fall Friday night, it's the Wolverines.