Around the MAC: A Look At Tonight's Games

Minster (3-2, 1-2 MAC) at Anna (3-2, 1-2 MAC)

Coming off their second loss in a row, the Minster Wildcats look to get back in the left side of the win-loss column as they travel to Anna to take on the Rockets Friday night.

Minster (3-2, 1-2 MAC), is coming off a 34-6 loss to state-ranked Coldwater in a game that was played over two days because of a lightning delay — the second such delay this season. While Minster moved the ball with some success against the Cavs, a pair of fumbles deep inside Coldwater territory kept the Wildcats out of the end zone.

The Rockets (3-2, 1-2 MAC) are coming off a 28-7 loss to Delphos St. John’s.

“Anna is a good football team,” Minster head coach Nate Moore said. “They are very big — probably the biggest team line wise we will face. They are physical and on offense, they like to establish the run and if they can line up with two backs and pound their way down the field, they would.”

Because of the MAC’s rotating schedule, Minster hasn’t played Anna since 2009. The Wildcats are 0-4 against the Rockets since 2005, including a 62-0 loss in 2009.

Fort Recovery (3-2, 1-2 MAC) at New Bremen (1-4, 1-2 MAC)

The New Bremen Cardinals entertain a  Fort Recovery team that enters Week 6 with a 3-2 record for the second straight season.

“Fort Recovery is a team that will give you a couple different looks on defense,” McGaharan said. “They have a couple of A typical alignments that we have seen the past few weeks but hey do them a little different.”

Quarterback Mason Evers leads the Fort Recovery attack. “Offensively they like to run the spread and they have a quarterback who has had two 300 yard rushing games and he is a great athlete and we have to make sure we contain him and keep him under control,” McGarahan said. “We think we have a good game plan but we have to execute it on Friday night.”

New Bremen lost to St. Henry last Saturday.

St. Henry (4-1, 2-1 MAC) at Coldwater (5-0, 3-0 MAC)
These two schools don’t like each other. And for the first time in a few years, the game lives up to the game’s reputation as one of Ohio’s best small-school rivalries. Both are state-ranked and St. Henry is above .500 when the teams meet for the first time since 2009. Coldwater beat Minster, 34-6, with an opportunistic defense and steady offense last Saturday, while St. Henry took New Bremen’s early punch and then responded with 49 straight points for a 49-7 win.

St. John’s (3-2, 2-1 MAC) at Marion Local (4-1, 2-1 MAC)
The two teams have met twice in the last three playoffs, including last year at Wapakoneta. Marion Local won that match-up 21-14 before going on to win the state title.

Versailles (3-2, 2-1 MAC) at Parkway (0-5, 0-3 MAC)

Many were licking their chops at an unbeaten Marion Local and unbeaten Coldwater team meeting in Week 8. Versailles had other plans, with a 24-14 win over Marion Local last week. The Tigers are now back in the MAC race with a 2-1 record and they already have Coldwater and the Flyers in their rearview mirror. Their next two opponents have a combined one win this season. Parkway has scored a combined six points the past two weeks against New Bremen and Fort Recovery.