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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Backup Ridgewater quarterback Cody Jaeger rushes for a first down in the fourth quarter during the Warriors' touchdown drive Saturday at Hodapp Field.

Ridgewater Football Week 9 Preview

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Central Lakes Overview

Central Lakes's only loss is to Rochester in Week 5 by a 12-2 score, a game tied 2-2 at half. QB Carson Wessinger has thrown for 15 TDs again 11 interceptions. RBs Aaron White and Taz Seibert each have run for 4 TDs and a combined 900 yards. Ryan Tri, out of Eden Valley-Watkins, had 18 catches for 218 yards and 4 TDs while Averey Duncan has 18 receptions for 356 yards and 8 TDs. The Raiders defense has parceled out just 161 yards per game and is especially strong against the run deploying a 275-pound nose guard 6-5, 250-pound defensive end.

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Ridgewater Overview

The winner of this game advances to the MCAC semifinals against the No. 1 seed from the North, either at Northland or at Mesabi Range. Those two teams played Thursday with the winner getting the No. 1 seed in the North and the loser the No. 2 seed, which means a trip to Rochester for the semifinals. Ridgewater coach Rob Baumgarn said the Warriors were too emotional for the Rochester game (a 27-7 loss) and the offensive line repeatedly blew assignments. "I can see a lot more focus this week," he said Wednesday. "This will be a huge challenge for our offense since running is our game and they're biggest strength is stopping the run. Their linebackers are very fast. Trevor Nystrom gets the start again at quarterback but Cody Jaeger is available if he falters. Jaeger, also the team's punter, had hamstring problems in his right leg vs. Rochester and Daryl Thomas relieved him starting in the second quarter. The Warriors defense allowed only 20 points to the Yellowjackets and two scores came off short fields after turnovers.

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