Ridgewater football MCAC South playoffs preview
SATURDAY: RIDGEWATER (5-3) AT ROCHESTER (7-1), 1:30 P.M.
YELLOWJACKETS OVERVIEW: The Warriors lost to Rochester 26-14 on Oct. 12 after trailing 16-14 at halftime. A late Pick 6 expanded a 19-14 Jacket lead. That game was at Hodapp Field in Willmar while this game will be on turf on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus. The Warriors must tackle well in the open field and contain, somewhat, Alex Schliesmann, who averages a whopping 9.3 yards per chance. The Jackets’ attack has 3 additional backs each averaging better than 4.9 ypc. QB Tanner Menke threw a pair TD passes at Willmar to Jacob Zitzmann, who had 8 TD snags this fall.
WARRIORS OVERVIEW: The Warriors gave up a late TD to Central Lakes in a nailbiter at Brainerd and also lost two starters. Top running back Martell Baker will sit out with concussion symptoms and center Jaleen Carey sustained a broken bone in his heal. Tyler Fountain will get the start. Roosevelt Austin (Sauk Centre) and Dan Maras (Jeffers/Red Rock Central) will fill the void in Baker’s absence. Austin rushed 11 times for 87 yards in the loss to the Raiders. QB Wes Oswald returns after setting out last week after suffering a concussion vs. Rochester. “Our team is ready to go,” said head coach Rob Baumgarn. “They believe they can win.”