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Week 7 sees 2 local teams playing at home

NEW ULM — Week Seven of the local high school football schedule means two things.

Games Friday night mean a short week of practice next week because of MEA Week with games on Wednesday and playoffs are just around the corner.

Both New Ulm High School and New Ulm Cathedral have home games Friday against St. Peter and Sleepy Eye respectively while Minnesota Valley Lutheran heads to Wabasso to take on the Rabbits.

All games have 7 p.m. kickoffs

ST. PETER (1-5) AT NEW ULM HIGH SCHOOL (3-3) 7 P.M. NEW ULM HIGH SCHOOL

This game may well again feature a New Ulm High School opponent that likes to air it out as the Saints take on the Eagles in a South Central-Red District game.

“They are a lot like Jordan — they want to throw the ball,” New Ulm High School head coach Eric Kauffmann said. “They have a tall quarterback [6-foot-6-inch Wyatt Olson] who likes to sit in the pocket and sling the ball around. So defensively we want to do the same things we did against Jordan. But he is different than the Jordan quarterback — he does not like to scramble much. He takes a three-step drop and throws it right away. Their offense is their strength — they have given up a lot of points this year (38.5 points a game) — offensively they are not as up-tempo as Jordan.”

While St. Peter will throw the ball, New Ulm will use its ground-and-pound offense.

“We want to keep the ball as long as we can,” Kauffmann said.

New Ulm’s offensive line has allowed running back Cole Ranweiler rush for 847 yards and 10 touchdowns going into this game.

Defensively, Kauffmann hopes that New Ulm can carry over from last week’s second half performance when they shutout Jordan.

“The kids have confidence — we held Jordan to 15 offensive plays in the second half and what helped us do that was that we were able to get some offensive drives on he ground.”

SLEEPY EYE (0-6) AT NEW ULM CATHEDRAL (1-5) FRIDAY 7 P.M. JOHNSON FIELD

New Ulm Cathedral head coach Denny Lux said that the Indians bring a familiar offense to this game from past seasons.

“They use quite a few misdirection plays and they like to throw the screen pass — they like the short passing game,” he said. “So our game plan wil be similar to what we have done the last few years but they will attack certain areas.”

“Their quarterback [Kegan Heiderscheidt] is more experienced and that is a big plus for them. They play with a lot of intensity all year and they had a heck of a game with MVL,” Lux said. “We know that they are going to be up for the game and it is going to be game where everyone has to focus on their jobs at hand. They have some quick runners on the edges and a fullback that can run the trap and the off-tackle lead play.”

For the Greyhounds, getting the offense going comes down to one thing.

“We need to get our offensive line going,” Lux said. “We feel that we have backs that get in the hole quick — they run hard — it is just that we need our offensive line to get it done. We are a little perplexed the last couple of games that we have not moved the ball as well as we would have liked too.”

MINNESOTA VALLEY LUTHERAN (1-5) AT WABASSO (4-2) FRIDAY 7 P.M. WABASSO

Chargers head coach Jim Buboltz described the Rabbits as a typical Wabasso team.

“They like to line it up and power it at you,” he said. “They have found some success in that again so that is going to be a real challenge for us.”

Buboltz said that the Rabbits’ offense is similar to Lakeview’s in the way they line up.

“And a little bit of Murray County Central,” Buboltz said. “They are just going to line it up and power it at you and then try and use a play-action pass over the top. They have a good set of athletes again with some big linemen. Their linemen are bigger than ours so it is going to be a challenge for us.

“On defense we need to do a better job of tackling, gang tackling and getting to the ball,” he said. “I like where we are at offensively in mixing up things up between run and pass. We just need to be more consistent with our effort. We have started to get some big plays — we have that big play capability. But now we need to drive the ball and use up the clock. We need to do a better job of that. We have made some good strides that way in the last couple of games.”

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