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Prep football: Featured area games

BOLD (2-0, 2-0) at

Paynesville (1-1, 1-1)

The BOLD Warriors appear as strong, or possibly stronger, than the outfit that won the West Central South last season. And despite their loss last week, the Bulldogs haven't lost much of their momentum from last year's state tournament team. The Warriors are averaging 35 points per game and haven't yet been scored upon. Quarterback Tyler Rock is playing efficiently, like Kyle Athmann last year, completing just 10 passes but for 183 yards, 5 TDs and just one interception. Back Chaz Roush is averaging 5 yards per carry and has scored twice. Paynesville is averaging 33 points per game while allowing 13 per game. The Bulldogs' Nathan Meyer is second in the area in rushing with 266 yards and his 5 TDs lead area backs.

Sauk Centre (2-0, 2-0) at Morris/Chokio-Alberta (2-0, 2-0)

This game, along with the BOLD-Paynesville matchup, will clear up the top half of the West Central Conference standings. Somewhat. BOLD, the Mainstreeters and Tigers are all tied for the conference lead. Sauk Centre has been machine-like so far, averaging 43 points per game and giving up just 6 per game. MCA is playing like the veteran team it is, best exemplified by its 26-24 win over Paynesville on the road last week. Quarterback Jacob Torgerson is third among area passers with 300 yards and a pair of TDs. The Tigers roll behind three runners -- Tanner Picht, Tom Holland and Jordan Staples -- who have been sharing carries.

New London-Spicer (0-0, 2-0)

at Litchfield (0-0, 1-1)

The Wildcats and Dragons meet for the first time as Wright County Conference teams. NLS head coach Dan Essler felt strongly about his team entering the season and the 'Cats have proved him right so far. Quarterback Ryan Vraa has completed 21 of 31 for 349 yards and 2 TDs. He's been targeting, with great results, receiver Aaron Ruter, who is averaging almost 28 yards per catch on 6 receptions. Back Austin Stone has run for 172 yards and 3 touchdowns. Litchfield quarterback Zach Kinny also has started the season well, throwing for 292 yards and 3 scores. Joel Madsen has been his prime mark, with 8 catches for 110 yards.

Hancock (0-3, 0-3) at

Brandon-Evansville (0-2, 0-2)

This is an interesting matchup for the Owls, and it will be one of their better opportunities to bring home a win this season. The Owls can score, averaging 28 points per game behind quarterback Taylor Holleman, who has thrown for 635 yards and 9 TDs (although he's also thrown 8 interceptions) and receiver Jordan Miller, who has 23 catches for 400 yards and 5 TDs. What's killed the Owls thus far is a defense that is allowing almost 50 points per game. That's why this game is theirs for the taking: B-E's offense is averaging just 3 points per game while surrendering an average of almost 40 points per game.