NEW ULM - The second week of high school football on the local scene will see all three New Ulm schools heading west.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran will play at Wabasso, New Ulm Cathedral will head west on Highway 14 to Lamberton to face off against Red Rock Central while New Ulm High School will play its first-ever Big South Conference game at Worthington.
MINNESOTA VALLEY LUTHERAN (0-1) at WABASSO (1-0) 7 p.m. at WABASSO
Wabasso is coming off a 14-0 win against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart while MVL is trying to rebound from a 27-8 loss to Sleepy Eye St. Mary's.
MVL head coach Jim Buboltz said the Rabbits had a lot of young kids who played real well - only seven of the team's 39 players are seniors.
The Rabbits do what they like to do on offense.
"That is power the ball down the field," Buboltz said. "They have a couple of big blockers. Their offense did not look a lot different than from what we saw last year."
Buboltz said that the Rabbit backs are of average-sized.
"They run real tough and block well," Buboltz said. "I was impressed with what they did Friday."
And Wabasso uses a running back by comittee.
"They did not have one standout back," Buboltz said. "They all take their turns so defensively we are going to have to defend the outside game as well as when they pound the middle."
They will use the running game to set up an occasional play-action pass.
Buboltz said that the key to a win will be to play better defense.
"We need to do a better job up front," Buboltz said. "I think that it is hard to emulate a team's speed in practice. That was why when we all had squads of 60-80 players it was easier to do that. With a game under their belt, our team knows how much faster they have to be."
NEW ULM CATHEDRAL (1-0) at RED ROCK CENTRAL (0-1) at 7 p.m. at LAMBERTON
Cathedral is coming off a 30-18 road win in Sherburn against Martin County West while RRC is coming off a 33-0 road loss in Springfield.
Cathedral coach Denny Lux said that the Falcons use a number of different formations on offense.
"They like to play power football, they have good size on their offensive line and they have a tailback that runs very hard," Lux said. "You can see that in their three or four offensive formations that they are a running team - their quarterback does drop pretty hard and likes to throw in the slant."
Even though RRC lost 33-0 to Springfield, Lux knows it will be a tough opponent.
"We all know that Springfield comes out at full speed so these first two games you just have to do the best scouting and not be concerned about who anyone played [the week before]," Lux said. "It is not going to be until about game two or three that you really find out the level that people are playing at."
With that in mind, what does he expect from this road game?
"They are playing at home so their incentive is high and they are big, strong kids," Lux said. "They are going to come out and play very hard. On our side of the ball, we learned some things from last week what we can do on offense. On defense we need to be a better job defending the ball."
Lux said that he was happy with the way that his team finished last week's game, scoring 30 second-half points.
"That lets you know where your team is offensively and also the things that we need to work on," Lux said. "The biggest thing that we did well last week was that our running backs kept their feet moving and our linmen stayed on their blocks.
"And defensively if you watched film of us we had five, six, seven guys coming to the tackle. That is something that we have to continue into this game."
NEW ULM (0-1) at WORTHINGTON (0-2) 7 p.m. at WORTHINGTON
New Ulm hopes that Sept. 5 will be a date that will end up being the first win in the Big South Confernce.
While the Eagles are coming off a 34-13 loss to New Prague, Worthington is reeling from losses of 52-14 to Redwood Valley and 47-0 to Waseca.
'They have a pretty solid running back [Robert Lovan] and good size up front," said coach Tony Ortmann. "We all know how strong of a team Waseca has and athletically it was a tough matchup for Worthington.
"I think we can do some things against them that will give us some success."
Ortmann said that the two teams are comparable depth-wise.
"They are large up front and have some kids who are in the upper-200 pounds," Ortmann said. "So we are going to have to use some movement up front to work past them."
He said that the Trojans are a run-based team with Lovan in the backfield.
"They try and get him the football as much as possible," Ortmann said. "And this week they are getting back their starting quarterback."
Ortmann said that he wants to create some confusion to the Worthington offense.
"And offensively for us we want to keep doing what we have been - I saw some progress last week with our skill guys and our line," Ortmann said.
One of the key players for New Ulm will be Jordan Hillesheim who broke a 98-yard touchown run last week.