Dawson-Boyd (3-1, 3-1)
at Adrian (4-0, 4-0)
A week ago, this was shaping up as a meeting of undefeated Little Sioux Conference teams ranked among the state's best Class A schools. A surprising turn, however, has put a new spin on the game.
If the Blackjacks are to prove they're capable of coming back from a tough loss and rekindling their state-tournament dreams, they couldn't get a better test than this one.
D-B is coming off an 18-14 home loss to Minneota last week, the Blackjacks' first loss in 17 games. Tonight, they'll take on the Dragons, who are 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class A. D-B, the defending Class A champ, held the top spot in Class A until the Minneota defeat.
Justin Lee leads the area with 466 rushing yards and Joey Lee is among the area's top passers with 545 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception. What may trouble the Blackjacks' staff, however, is being unable to score in the second half and giving up 384 yards of total offense last week. That definitely will have to change if D-B hopes to get back on track.
ACGC (3-1, 3-1) at Morris/Chokio-Alberta (4-0, 4-0)
Every week seems to present a new test for Morris/CA and, so far, the Tigers have passed them all.
Last week, it was Benson, which, like the Tigers and BOLD, came into the season as top contenders in the West Central Conferences. The Tigers took care of business, downing the Braves 24-7 on the road.
Now, its ACGC. The Falcons weren't considered poised to challenge for a conference title after being shutout in the opener at BOLD. Since then, ACGC has won three straight by an average score of 30-9.
The Tigers' offense is led by running back Tom Holland (387 yards, 4 TDs) and quarterback Jacob Torgerson (383 passing yards, 4 scores).
ACGC's Jordan Nelson is among the area's top runners this season, with 356 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Since the Tigers don't play BOLD this season, they need to keep winning to keep pace with the Warriors. After playing 3-1 Lac qui Parle Valley on Friday, BOLD finishes the season against three teams which are currently a combined 3-9. Morris' last three opponents are a combined 4-8.
BOLD (4-0, 4-0)
at LQPV (3-1, 3-1)
LQPV holds the wild card in the West Central Conference race. BOLD and Morris/CA lead the league with 4-0 records. ACGC and LQPV are tied at 3-1. But here's where the Eagles could throw the whole thing up in the air: Morris/CA and BOLD won't play this year and BOLD already has defeated ACGC while ACGC plays at MCA tonight. A couple of upset wins by the Eagles and Falcons and the WCC is in a four-way tie.
The problem for the Eagles is that BOLD hasn't appeared very stoppable and the Warriors's defense has been almost impenetrable. BOLD is averaging 40 points per game and is allowing less than four points per game. Quarterback Tyler Rock has been superb, hitting 22 of 30 attempts for 443 yards, 10 TDs and just one pick. Running backs Chaz Roush and Tyler Seehusen have combined for 768 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. LQPV's Lucas Mortenson is second in the area with 451 rushing yards and he's run for 5 TDs.
KMS (2-0, 3-1) at
Ottertail Central (1-1, 3-1)
KMS won its opener and then was blitzed, 47-0, the next week at Barnesville. But the lopsided loss didn't sap the Saints' resolve and they rebounded nicely, winning at home in their third game and then claiming a 31-5 victory on the road last week.
The Saints share the Prairie South Conference lead with Browerville and Ottertail Central is a game back, losing its only game two weeks ago against Browerville. A victory for the Saints would set up a first-place showdown with Browerville -- provided the Tigers can manage a road win at 3-1 Royalton tonight -- on Oct. 5 in Murdock.
KMS is averaging 21 points per game while allowing 18 per game. Ottertail has been scoring a little more (27.5 points per game) and gives up about 17 points per game.
KMS' Jordan Rothers is among the area's top 10 runners, with 338 rushing yards, and he's scored 7 touchdowns.