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Prep football: Featured area games

Tribune Staff Report

Yellow Medicine East (0-5, 0-5)

at BOLD (5-0, 5-0)

There aren't two teams on the furthest extremes in the area.

YME is struggling again this season, winless in five games and averaging just a smidge more than one touchdown per game. The Sting defense has been riddled, allowing 47 points per game. They were thumped 72-0 at Paynesville last week.

And they must travel to BOLD.

The Warriors have been as dominant as could be reasonably expected. They are averaging 38 points per game and winning by an average of 32 points per game. They have a quarterback, Tyler Rock, who is completing 71 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and just one interception. Chaz Roush is the area's leading rusher with 678 yards (an average of 7.3 yards per carry) and 5 TDs. Receiver Trent Athmann is averaging almost 19 yards on each of his 14 catches. That's tough to beat.

It would do the Sting well to roll into Olivia, play a solid game and, win or lose, come away with the feeling that they aren't a team that is resigned to lose by 40 points each week.

Sauk Centre (2-3, 2-3)

at Minnewaska (1-4, 1-4)

Is Minnewaska primed for a late-season flourish?

After some personnel changes, the Lakers led Lac qui Parle Valley on the road by three scores before letting it slip and losing. The next week, they notched their first win in 23 months, 38-21 over Montevideo, before a hometown crowd that must have exhaled a big sigh.

Can the Lakers keep it going? It's no secret that Sauk Centre isn't playing as well as its teams in the past. That reenergize hometown crowd will be there behind them again. Then, it's a road at Benson and a regular-season finale at home against Paynesville. Is .500 in Minnewaska's future?

Benson (3-2, 3-2) at ACGC (3-2, 3-2)

In the run for a West Central Conference title, time is running out on both teams, especially since West Central Conference leaders BOLD and Morris/Chokio-Alberta won't play each other and be able to hang a loss on the other this season.

This might be best described as the battle for third place.

Benson's Matt Ahrndt is, without doubt, the best running quarterback in the area. He ran for 249 yards and 3 TDs -- he also threw for two scores -- last week in a 36-14 win over Sauk Centre. He's the third-ranked runner in the area this season with 605 yards and 11 touchdowns on 93 carries.

But ACGC has reestablished its rushing game while incorporating more passing into its Friday night game plan. The Falcons are averaging about 30 points per game in its victories this season, and its two losses have been to BOLD and Morris/CA.

Maple Lake (4-0, 5-0)

at BBE (2-2, 2-3)

BBE is on a similar tack to one it was on last season when it stumbled to a 1-4 start, punctuated by a two touchdown loss at Maple Lake. After that game, the Jaguars won three of five, with both losses coming by one point.

Maple Lake is as strong, or more so, than it was last season when it won the Section 4AA championship before losing to Caledonia in the first round of the AA state tournament.

This year, the Jags dropped their first three games but now have won two straight. If BBE is able to reprise its late-season run from a year ago, this could be where it starts. Quarterback Brian Goodwin, a sophomore last year, found his legs late in the year and he's fourth among area passers this year, hitting 55 percent of his throws for almost 700 yards.