It is probably unprecedented. Four neighboring school districts, four former SEC teams from 20 years ago, Spring Grove (#1 in 9-man), Rushford-Peterson (#1 in A), Caledonia (#1 in AA), and Houston (#3 in 9-man) all are ranked top three in state. Adding Winona High (#1 in AAAA), four #1 ranked football teams in state are in the same tri-county area. Three are set for huge week six clashes, thanks to taking care of business in week five.
Trojans Stay Perfect, Await Goodhue
It was a tussle, but R-P stayed unblemished (4-0) by beating Cotter (2-2). Davin Thompson’s Trojans trailed once, 7-0. It was back-and-forth for three quarters (7-7, 14-7, 14-13, 21-13, 21-20), Trojans ahead. Cotter scored late in the third and converted to pull even at 28. But Ethan Sense, the man of the night, immediately broke off a 64-yard run. He capped the series with a short scoring burst (35-28). Cotter went three-and-out. R-P drove again, Sense feeling and smelling his way to a fourth TD. Cotter couldn’t recover. R-P prevailed 42-28. The 5’7” 160-pound junior tailback, Sense, carried a major load; 34-216, 4 TDs rushing. Landon Skalet (6-9, 113 yards, TD passing) and Jake Paulson (4-90, TD receiving, interception, 6-6 PATs) continued their connection. Ethan Hermanson had a 6-yard first quarter TD run. Dawson Dahl was credited with 14 solo tackles. And thus it is set; from Ben Niggle Complex, R-P (#1 in Class A, 5-0) will host co-Mid-Southeast/East leader Goodhue (#5 in Class A, 5-0) in a huge week six match-up. The Wildcats beat #7 in Class A Blooming Prairie 35-13 in week five.
Hurricanes Crush Rockets, Await SG
Houston (4-0) churned its way to another win, taking the long drive to Randolph (3-1) and surging over the Rockets 56-8. For a second straight week, a trio of double-H rushers eclipsed 100-yards. Joey Fishel (28-147, 4 TDs rushing) had the biggest night. Jaytin Millen (12-105 rushing) and Zach Schneider (10-104, 2 TDs rushing) also hit the century mark. Brady Happel (6-33 rushing; 2-39 receiving) also put up yardage. Aaron Francis and Alex Van Gundy each added rushing TD’s. Cody Hungerholt’s group has amassed 1,884 rushing yards through five games (376.8 per) with 30 ground scores. Week six big game number two is set; from Houston, the Hurricanes (5-0, #3 in 9-Man) will host South-East co-district leader Spring Grove (5-0, #1 in 9-Man).