New Ulm teams prepare for Week 6

NEW ULM – Both New Ulm Cathedral and New Ulm have home games this Friday while Minnesota Valley Lutheran will be on the road as Week 6 of the high school football season kicks off.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran hopes to get back on the winning track when it heads west to play Sleepy Eye. Cathedral hopes to earn its second-straight win when it hosts Cedar Mountain/Comfrey at Johnson Field. New Ulm faces yet another strong football team in No. 9-ranked Waseca.

CEDAR MOUNTAIN/COMFREY (0-5) at NEW ULM CATHEDRAL (2-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Johnson Field

Cathedral coach Denny Lux said that Cedar Mountain/Comfrey has a lot of athletic players and they show that on the football field and the basketball court.

“Even though they have to replace some of their skill players, they were able to find some athletic kids to do that,” Lux said. “Along with the linemen that they returned from last year, you can see that they are playing better as the year has progressed.”

Lux said that the Cougars are throwing the ball a lot more and have a fullback in Andy Lux that runs well.

“We feel pretty good coming into this game because we defended Springfield pretty good and they also have some nice receivers,” Lux said.

Lux said his team has been playing a lot of sophomores.

“We felt that we have a lot of players who are the same level of talent,” Lux said. “We are not a team of superstars but we are getting more and more solid with the players that we have. If we can play a lot of kids that will help us come playoff time.”

And the Greyhounds may be soon adding some depth as fullback John Gillis, who hurt his right knee in the MVL game is off crutches and walking without the aid of crutch.

“He is doing some light lifting but we will get him back this season,” Lux said. “We do not know when but when he does come back that makes us more solid both offensively and defensively.”

MVL (2-3) at SLEEPY EYE (2-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Sleepy Eye

MVL is coming off a tough 36-23 loss to Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s while Sleepy Eye enters this game riding a two-game winning streak in which it has scored 42 points each in two wins.

“They are playing very well right now and have a lot of momentum,” MVL coach Jim Buboltz said. “They will be ready to play and we need to be ready to play four quarters.”

Buboltz said that the Indians are playing well because they have gained confidence.

“They have a talented running back and a good offensive line – that helps things out,” he said. “They have always had the potential and now they have gotten better as the year has gone on.”

Buboltz said that the Indians want to establish their running game and then use the play-action pass to trick defenses.

“But they like to run so we have to show a good run defense from the start of the game,” he said.

Buboltz knows that his team has to play a solid four quarters especially after its second-half collapse last week at St. Mary’s.

“The fourth quarter got away from us,” he said. “We were up 23-7 but the wheels kind of came off for us. I know that the guys wanted to get back on the field because that is not the way that they wanted to end the game. So we are going to do out best to get our confidence back. We need to play four quarters.”

WASECA (4-1) at NEW ULM 2-3), 7 p.m. Friday at New Ulm High School

Waseca defeated Belle Plaine 47-14 and Belle Plaine topped New Ulm 39-7.

Waseca has scored 62, 48, 47 and 44 points in four of its five games with only Marshall holding tit to six points in a 45-6 contest.

“They had a tough time with Marshall, but who has not had a hard time with Marshall?” Eagles coach Corey Kneeshaw said. “They run a Power-I running game both out of the shotgun and from under center. They are good at what they do.

“I was able to scout Waseca twice in person when we had a Friday night off. Their running back may be the best running back in the conference – he is even better than Marshall’s running back. And they have a good quarterback who can throw the ball when needed.”

But what Kneeshaw said the Bluejays do best is jump on teams right off the bat.

“The last three weeks in a row they have put up 21 points in the first quarter and a lot of those points have come off of turnovers,” Kneeshaw said. “So we have to make sure we are fundamentally sound and not turning the ball over and we are doing things right. We cannot give them a short field.”

Kneeshaw said that his players saw the score of the Bluejays’ game with Belle Plaine and said that he has addressed that with his players this week.

“We watched the film of that game and Belle Plaine turned the ball over on their first three possessions – one was a pick-six and the other was a fumble recovery for a touchdown,” Kneeshaw said. “So Belle Plaine was in trouble right off of the bat.”