Feldy gained a couple games on Phersy after Tuesday's section quarterfinals, so Phersy has some ground to cover. Feldy went 5-2 to bring his mark this season to 44-19. Phersy went 3-4, bringing him to 41-22 for the season.
Feldy has to pick first today, though, and we're into the section semifinals, which, in theory, means we should see some much better or closer games than we saw on Tuesday. So, Phersy, picking second, could make back some of the ground he lost.
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
No. 3 Rochester Mayo (6-3) at No. 2 Rochester John Marshall (6-2)
No. 3 Byron (6-3) at No. 2 Kasson-Mantorville (7-1)
No. 4 P-E-M (6-3) at No. 1 Rochester Lourdes (9-0)
No. 4 Triton (7-2) at No. 1 Caledonia (8-0)
No. 3 Chatfield (8-1) at No. 2 Lewiston-Altura (9-0)
No. 3 Rushford-Peterson (6-3) at No. 2 Faribault B.A. (7-2)
SECTION 1 9-MAN
No. 3 Lanesboro (6-3) at No. 2 Grand Meadow (8-1)
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FELDY: I think I know how Phersy will pick these games, so I'm going to go the opposite on a couple and see what happens. Either my lead grows, or he catches up. Or, as usually happens, we split the difference and nothing changes.
Mayo 27, JM 24: I've flip-flopped on this one all week. I'll probably flip-flop a couple dozen more times between now and the 7 p.m. kickoff tonight. I love this JM team. If it wins, I think it has a really good shot at knocking off Owatonna. But, I also like the confidence and enthusiasm I've seen from Mayo since they beat Austin on Tuesday.
Kasson-Mantorville 36, Byron 28: Byron has put up 125 points in its past three games, but K-M has scored 104 in that span, including a 36-18 regular-season win against these Bears. My score prediction might be low; this could be a shootout.
Lourdes 35, P-E-M 20: A 5-3 regular season, with losses to three teams that were a combined 23-1 in the regular season, constitutes a "down" year for P-E-M. Not a bad "down" year. Lourdes hasn't lost yet, though, and I don't think it intends to. At all. I'll take the Eagles and their three-headed monster at running back.
Caledonia 26, Triton 6: The Warriors just don't give up points, especially at home. They've allowed 21 points in four home games this season. That trend continues.
Lewiston-Altura 20, Chatfield 18: I know Phersy's all aboard the Chatty bandwagon -- and I have been, too, all season -- but, L-A is undefeated. They're a very good team, too, and they're on their home field. They've shown the ability this season to win close, low-scoring games, or win shootouts.
Rushford-Peterson 29, Faribault B.A. 23: R-P's three losses are to Lewiston-Altura, Caledonia and Chatfield. In R-P's six wins, only one team has come within a touchdown. I like the Trojans in a mild upset.
SECTION 1 9-MAN
Grand Meadow 36, Lanesboro 22: The Larks win and set up the rematch everyone in SEC country has been waiting for -- GM at Spring Grove with a trip to state on the line.
PHERSY: OK, now I'm in trouble ... I should be getting crazy with these picks ...
Rochester John Marshall 27, Rochester Mayo 19: This one is simple. No Tommy Fjelsted, no victory for Mayo. I like the Rockets in the rematch.
Kasson-Mantorville 30, Byron 13: K-M is too big and too balanced. The Bears would need a monster effort from their defense to get the job done.
Rochester Lourdes 21, P-E-M 20: Oh man, I really want to pick an upset here. PEM is healthy for the first time all year, and it showed in the opening round as it blasted Z-M. The Bulldogs will give Lourdes a go, but I have to stick with No. 1.
Caledonia 30, Triton 7: Caledonia is good.
Chatfield 13, Lewiston-Altura 7: Chatfield is battle tested. L-A is tough as nails, too. Both can run the ball. I expect a low-scoring, smashmouth brawl!
Rushford-Peterson 34, Faribault B.A. 24: R-P is better than its record, and FBA struggled down the stretch after beating Blooming. I'll take RP because it faces better competition throughout the year.
SECTION 1 9-MAN
Grand Meadow 39, Lanesboro 30: Grand Meadow gets a bit of a scare here because it is already looking ahead to that rematch in the section finals.