Regular season wraps up on Wednesday
NEW ULM — With MEA Week here, it means that this is the last week of high school football for the three local teams with playoffs taking over next Tuesday.
Both New Ulm High School and New Ulm Cathedral have tough road tests at Waseca and Springfield with both teams ranked high in the latest QRF rankings with Springfield third in Class A with a 7-0 record and Waseca polled at No. 15 in Class AAA with a 5-2 mark.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran is home Wednesday to take on Adrian at Johnson Field with all games kicking off at 7 p.m.
The Greyhounds (2-5) face a strong Tigers team that is outscoring opponents 38-6 per game this season.
“They are a good football team and we have played good football teams this season,” Cathedral coach Denny Lux said. “They have their own style of play.”
And that starts with quarterback Decker Scheffler.
“He is a good athlete who will be on the field all of the time,” Lux said. “On offense they are going to take their shots down the field with the long pass. But they are going to run the football as much as they are going to throw because they have strong linemen up front to use in the run game.”
Lux said that the Greyhounds need to establish their run game.
“We need to make sure we are getting off of the ball — getting into their blocks — keep the fullback in the game [Tony Geiger is back after missing last week with shoulder injury]. We need to make sure the trap game is working. We want to be playing our best football at the end of the regular season.”
Lux said that right now the Greyhounds and Faribault BA are seeded four and five in the section.
“A win would give us a good shot at a home game,” Lux said.
For the New Ulm Eagles, (3-4) their main objective Wednesday is to limit their mistakes.
“Try and play error-free football and then whatever happens after that will be fine,” New Ulm coach Eric Kauffmann said. “We need to go into playoffs [probably at either Mankato East or Jordan] with some confidence and knowing we can do the things that we can do. It is no secret that we want to get our ground game going. We had close to 300 yards on the ground against St. Peter so we want to control the clock. We need to develop a passing game just to keep other team’s defenses on their toes.”
Jim Buboltz and the MVL Chargers (1-6) host Adrian (4-3) at Johnson Field. It will be a game where the Chargers’ defense will be tested by the Adrian running game.
“They are a big physical team that will play one game very good and then come back and struggle the next week,” Buboltz said. “This is the first time we have played Adrian in the 20 years that I have been here so it will be a new experience for both of us.”
Offensively Buboltz said that his team needs to finish more of their drives.
“We need to be able to move the ball more consistently on first downs. We are going in with the mindset of winning.”