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MAC Football Previews: Minster with another MAC showdown ahead

September 15, 2011

Minster's Ryan Will chases down Delphos St. John's quarterback Mark Boggs last Saturday night. Minster hosts Marion Local this Friday night. (Neal Stoner Photography and Video)

MAC Schedule for Friday, Sept. 16
Coldwater at St. Henry

Delphos St. John's at Anna

Ft. Recovery at New Bremen

Marion Local at Minster

Parkway at Versailles

Last Week
Coldwater, 17, Anna 0

Versailles 46, Ft. Rec. 33

Mar. Local 55, New Bremen 8

St. Henry 42, Parkway 13

DSJ 7, Minster 0


This Week's Match-Ups

Marion Local at Minster

MINSTER — The Minster Wildcats look to rebound from their first loss of the year last week when they host the Marion Local Flyers Friday night in a pivotal early season game.

Minster is ranked No. 9 in the Division VI AP poll with 62 points and a first-place vote. Marion Local is ranked No. 3 in Division VI with 99 points and three first-place votes. Marion Local defeated the Wildcats 41-6 in Week 4 last year — after that Minster went on a five-game winning streak to put itself in playoff contention. Rob Wente leads the Wildcats with three sacks on the season.

Last week, Minster (2-1, 0-1 MAC) traveled to Delphos in hopes of ending its 15-year-drought against the Blue Jays. Despite a strong defensive efforts, the Blue Jays eked out a 7-0 in a contest that was dominated by defense and field position.

“We played a great football team and we felt we had some great chance,” Minster coach Nate Moore said. “I am proud of how we played, we played well on defense and now we just need to focus on Marion.”

Against the Blue Jays, the Wildcats won the offensive battle 173 to 145, but committed seven penalties for 58 yards and had a pair of turnovers. The Blue Jays scored early in the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass. For the remaining three-and-a-half quarters, the teams were pitted in a battle for field position.

This week, the Wildcats turn their attention toward a Marion Local team they defeated last year in the playoffs. The Flyers (2-1, 1-0 MAC) are coming off a 55-8 win over New Bremen and roll into Minster of its homecoming match-up.

“They have a good offense, a solid quarterback and a running back who runs hard,” Moore said. “We are pretty good defensively and we have to do the things we have been doing for the last three weeks and hopefully we can score some points.”

Moore said his team needs to do a better job of running routes. With a defense allowing an average of 8 points per game, Moore said putting together a few scores should help the Wildcats Friday night.

“We can’t win if we don’t score points,” Moore said. “We need to put points on the board and play good defense. The kids believe in what we are doing and we are not going to make wholesale changes. We’ll just put our noses to the grindstone and get back to work.”

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Fort Recovery at New Bremen

NEW BREMEN — It wasn’t pretty last Friday night for the New Bremen Cardinals football team as they were drilled by Marion Local 55-8, but the Cardinals are hoping for better this Friday as they battle a Fort Recovery team that is averaging 37 points per game through three weeks.

“I think we match up a little bit better against this team,” Messick said. “We have some of the same type of players and it will be like one of those games where it comes down to who decides they want to play and win this one more.”

“We are almost a carbon copy of Fort Recovery,” Messick said. “We have almost the same kind of kids. This is going to come down to execution and who wants it more.

Injuries plagued the Cardinals last week, but New Bremen gets key pieces back for the game against the Indians.

“It was horrible last week,” Cardinals head coach Rob Messick said. “Hopefully we won’t have this again this season.

“This week we will have our running back returning from injuries,” Messick said. “We expect to see Aaron Clune ready to come back and play for us. He is not 100 percent yet but he has been at practice this week and that will be a benefit for us.”

Messick said his team hopes to turn the tide quickly.

“We are running that same road as we did last year,” Messick said. “Our biggest thing is to put together a good, solid four quarter game. Last week was very bad. We have to match people’s physicallness and we didn’t do that last week. Hopefully we can learn that we have to fight back instead of letting teams take it to us.”

Fort Recovery has scored 33 or more points in all three games this season, with running back Kenny Wenning and quarterback Jason Pottkotter leading the way.

“They have a couple of guys who are really fast,” Messick said. “We have to make sure we take care of them.”

Game time is Friday at 7:30 at New Bremen.

Coldwater at St. Henry

Last Season: Coldwater 7, St. Henry 6

Notes: Friday will be the 40th meeting of the Backyard Battle between Coldwater and St. Henry, separated by just five miles along Ohio 118. Coldwater has won the last 15 meetings between the teams and holds a 28-10-1 record in the series. St. Henry’s frustration includes 2009’s four-overtime playoff loss at Wapakoneta in which the Redskins were an extra point away from eliminating the Cavaliers and last year’s 7-6 lossat Cavalier Stadium.

Coldwater blanked Anna with in a 17-0 statement win last Friday night to improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in the MAC.

St. Henry is 1-2 after a 42-13 win over Parkway last Friday night.

Delphos St. John at Anna

Last Season:DSJ 27, Anna 13.

Notes: Delphos St. John’s gutted out a 7-0 win over Minster last Saturday to earn its first win of the season.

The Blue Jays’ offensive struggles continued in the 7-0 win, with DSJ gaining just just 145 yards of total offense.

But the Blue Jay defense was tough, limiting Minster’s strong ground attack to just 3.1 yards per carry on 34 attempts.

Anna averaged just 2.5 yards per carry against the Coldwater defense in a 17-0 loss last Friday night.

Anna running back Cole Furgason was a triple threat on Friday night, throwing on a trick play for 43 yards, rushing for 43 yards on 21 carries and catching a pass against the Cavaliers. Anna quarterback Jay Meyer went 8-for-15 for 86 yards.

Parkway at Versailles
Last Season: Versailles 43, Parkway 7

Notes: Versailles is the only undefeated team left in the Midwest Athletic Conference after 46-33 win over Fort Recovery last week.

The Tigers lead the MAC in scoring at 41.7 points per game and give up 27 points per game, good for sixth in the MAC.

Parkway is scoring 19 points per game and giving up 34.7 points per contest in Dan Cairns' first season. The Panthers have lost six straight MAC contests dating back to last year's game against Fort Recovery.

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