Cathedral, New Ulm H.S. are home for Week 7

NEW ULM — Week 7 of the high school football season here in New Ulm means two things.

After this week, all teams have short weeks because of MEA Week forcing Wednesday games and playoffs are just around the corner.

Minnesota Valley Lutheran is the only New Ulm team on the road this week when it heads to Medford Friday for a Mid-Southeast District, West Subdistrict meeting in Medford.

Meanwhile, both New Ulm Cathedral and New Ulm High School have home games, with the Greyhounds hosting Tracy-Milroy-Balaton at Johnson Field in a Southwest District, East Subdistrict meeting.

The Eagles of New Ulm High School will entertain Jordan at New Ulm High School in a South Central District, Red District contest. All games kick off at 7 p.m.

MINNESOTA VALLEY LUTHERAN (2-4) AT MEDFORD (3-3) FRIDAY 7 P.M. MEDFORD

The one thing that you notice right away about the Tigers’ 3-3 record is that they won their first three games before losing their last three.

MVL head football coach Jim Buboltz has an explanation for that.

“They ran into some of the teams that we had to play earlier in the season in Mayer Lutheran, Lester Prairie and St. Clair/Loyola,” Buboltz said. “They have had a tougher go of things lately. But yet they are packed with athletes. They have some specialty guys like United South Central has — they run the option a lot like us with a lot of the spread veer look. And oddly enough, there is a lot of resemblance of ourselves out there.”

Meanwhile, the Chargers are coming off their best offensive performance of the year with 38 points along with a school record 503 total yards in offense.

“Everything came together last week,” Buboltz said. “We have played well at home so we need to do a better job on the road this game and I think that we will. It is a case of our guys believing that we can do it and we showed last week that we could.”

Defensively, the Tigers will show the Chargers different looks similar to what Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton did.

“We got our first win this season on the road at Southland so like everything else we have to get ourselves off to a good start and if we can do that right away, the confidence will come,” Buboltz said.

“If we want to possibly get a home field for the playoffs, we need to keep winning. We are plus-three on our turnover ratio and last year at this time we were minus-24.”

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON (5-1) AT NEW ULM CATHEDRAL (3-3) 7 P.M. FRIDAY JOHNSON FIELD

New Ulm Cathedral football coach Denny Lux said that the Panthers were very good last year and they bring back their quarterback [Sawyer Otto] from last season.

“He is a shifty runner and he can throw,” Lux said. “But mostly they will run the option and he runs that well.”

Lux said that the Panthers’ offense mirrors the offense run by Murray County Central.

“But it is a little more unique in how they run it,” he said. “We need to make sure we have good flow to the ball and your backside players are flowing. Because anytime you are trying to read the option, if somebody on the play side makes a mistake, it could be a big play.”

The Greyhounds come into this game riding a two-game winning streak with wins over Adrian (43-7) and Wabasso (35-24).

“We played against a good defensive team last week in Wabasso and we hit the right play at the right time,” Lux said. “We feel good about where we are going. We have work to do yet. The players believe in what we are doing and the game plans on offense and defense have been pretty solid.”

JORDAN (5-1) AT NEW ULM (0-6) FRIDAY 7 P.M. NEW ULM HIGH SCHOOL

Jordan comes to New Ulm after suffering its first loss of the year last week, 42-15 to Waseca.

The Hubmen have outscored opponents on an average of 40-18 this season.

“They are a very solid team,” New Ulm coach Corey Kneeshaw said. “They only have one loss and that came last week to Waseca 42-15.”

Kneeshaw said that trying to find a way to slow down the Hubmen’s offense is a concern for the coaching staff.

“We want to get into a chess match with them,” he said. “We have played press coverage the last two weeks and my fear is that teams know that and will game-plan for that so we are going to have to mix and match defenses.”

Friday will also be a night where the 2003 Eagles football team wil be honored during halftime. The 2003 team won the South Central Conference title and also won the Section 2AAAA championship, earning a trip to the state tournament. All players and coaches from that team are invited to attend and should check in at the concession stand prior to the game.

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