Around the MAC: Minster hosts Coldwater in key MAC match-up

Combined MAC Record: 46-44 (.511)
MAC Teams Currently in Playoff Spots: 5

MAC MAC Overall
Coldwater 6-1 7-2
Marion Local 6-1 7-2
Delphos St. John's 6-1 6-3
Versailles 5-2 7-2
Minster 4-3 6-3
Anna 3-4 5-4
Fort Recovery 2-5 4-5
Parkway 2-5 3-6
St. Henry 1-6 1-8
New Bremen 0-7 0-9

Coldwater at Minster

Minster faces a high stakes showdown with MAC foe Coldwater — a team the Wildcats haven’t beaten in their last 17 tries.

The Cavs (7-2, 6-1 MAC) are coming off a 30-21 win over New Bremen and can win a share of the league title with a win. A win for the Wildcats could give them a first-round home playoff game next week.

“Getting a win last week is huge for momentum,” Moore said. “Going into that game, we were able to get the bad taste out of our mouths from the Versailles game. We have a really good football team and we are looking forward to a big time showdown at Memorial Field Friday.”

Coldwater leads the all-time series between the schools, 44-12, Coldwater stat man Chris Cron reported in his Cavalier Football Weekly report.

Scoring could be at a premium as the teams have two of the top three stingiest defenses in the league. Coldwater tops the league in allowing 11.7 points per game while Minster is third with 12.1 points per game.

Coldwater’s stingy defense gives up just 2.9 yards per carry against opponent’s running games. Minster is stuffng opponents to the tune of 2.0 yards per carry. The Wildcats’ sacks and tackles for loss left Parkway with negative-51 yards rushing last week.

Minster will face the spread this week.

Coldwater’s Austin Bruns is 117-of-223 for 1,505 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

“We have our two-back teams out of the way and we are starting to see a lot of spreads in the second half of our schedule,” Moore said. “Coldwater is very similar to Parkway and similar to Versailles in the types of sets they get into. They do have a very good quarterback and he’s the key to their offense. They like to run him and he’s a good runner and throws the ball well.”

A good start could be important for Minster. Coldwater is outscoring opponents 68-15 in the first quarter this season.

DSJ at New Bremen

The Cardinals entertain Delphos in the final game of the season.

Last week Delphos defeated Marion Local 21-14 that created a three way tie for the MAC lead.

“Delphos is a typical Delphos team,” New Bremen head coach Rob Messick said. “They have a power running game which has given us fits all year. We just have trouble stopping the run. Size is a big reason for that.

“Delphos has no problem running the ball 60 times a game,” Messick said.

DSJ has spread out its carries this season, with no players over 400 yards rushing for the season. Blue Jay quarterback Mark Boggs is 38-for-79 for 538 yards and three TDs passing.

DSJ’s Tanner Calvelage has been a ballhawk on defense, picking off five passes.

New Bremen’s Ben Chaney had a big game a week ago, catching nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-21 loss to Coldwater.

Fort Recovery at Marion Local
The Flyers lost for the second time this season on Saturday against Delphos St. John’s, but don’t shed any tears for Marion Local. The Flyers are still atop Division VI, Region 24’s standings and will host a first-round playoff game.

Parkway at Anna
The Rockets won’t be in the postseason for the first time since 2007. Parkway is looking for its first four-win season since 2008, when Jordan Thompson was leading the Panthers.

Versailles at St. Henry
Versailles enters the game in 7th in Division V’s Region 20. The Tigers aren’t promised a playoff spot with computer-point sparse St. Henry on the schedule., but the teams below Versailles in the region all have games against one-win teams, so the Tigers should be returning to the postseason for the first time since 2005  (Versailles lost to LCC in the first round of the postseason, 21-20).