PHERSY: Feldy, objects in your rear-view mirror! We comin!! OK, you're still ahead, but I'm closing in and plan to pass you by in the postseason. Feldy, it actually wasn't pretty last week, but the games were darn tough. I went 4-3, bringing my season record to 34-15. Feldy went a gross 2-5, bringing his season record to 36-13. So, I made up ground, but I'm still two back. Let's go!
Austin (2-5) at Albert Lea (1-6)
Rochester Mayo (5-2) at Owatonna (7-0)
HIAWATHA VALLEY LEAGUE
Cotter (2-5) at Goodhue (3-4)
THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE
St. Charles (1-6) at Dover-Eyota (1-6)
Lewiston-Altura (7-0) at Plainview-Elgin-Millville (5-2)
Chatfield (6-1) at Rushford-Peterson (5-2)
Lanesboro (4-3) at Houston (4-3)
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FELDY: Last week was gross, so I'm letting 6-year-old Abby Feldman have some say in this week's picks. She neither knows nor cares much about football, but she couldn't be much worse than I was last week. Good luck against her, Phersy.
Austin over Albert Lea: Abby went to Austin with me a few weeks ago, when I went over there for a work assignment. She loved the SPAM Museum, so she said go with Austin. I agree with her on this one; the Packers' offense has been pretty good this year and I think they'll outscore the Tigers.
Owatonna over Mayo: Abby's a big fan of the indoor water park in Owatonna, so that's apparently enough for her to take the Huskies over the Spartans. This is a tough bounce-back game for Mayo, after an emotional loss to JM last Friday. There's a lot on the line for both teams here. Owatonna hasn't been as sharp in recent weeks as it was early in the season, though.
Goodhue over Cotter: Abby likes cats. So Wildcats win out over Ramblers. I agree with her again; Goodhue is ready to put last week's big loss to Lake City behind it.
Dover-Eyota over St. Charles: Abby says D-E, because it won last week. Can't fault that logic, make it two in a row for the Eagles to end the regular season.
Lewiston-Altura over P-E-M: This was a tough one; Abby's a big fan of bulldogs, but the Cardinals' unbeaten record swayed her. P-E-M is playing well, but, again, hard to argue with the Cardinals' defense; it has allowed more than eight points just once this season.
Chatfield over R-P: Abby's bored with this now, so she just picked the first team I said. One more time, though, can't argue with her. Chatfield's defense has been lights-out all season. It hasn't given up more than six points since Week 2.
Houston over Lanesboro: What's a burro? Abby asked. Oh, well, Hurricanes are scarier than burros. ... I don't know; I've been close to a burro before. They can be scary, too. But, why not go with Houston? The Canes lost a 4-point game to Lanesboro in the season opener; we'll say they flip that score this week and win a close one.
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PHERSY: Really Feldy? So you are trusting a girl who told you last week that she's a Packers fan? What's wrong with you? That said, I'm absolutely certain she's better than you are at picking high school football games. That means I'm in trouble this week. Maybe I should have my dog Tiny make this week's picks ...
Austin 39, Albert Lea 30: Abby has this one right. The Packers are motivated and they're healthy again. Gabe Gerstner and Elijah Dahmen will make a huge difference in that Austin lineup.
Owatonna 30, Mayo 20: The Spartans are a solid team. Owatonna has the potential to be great, but even though the Huskies are unbeaten, they haven't been consistent. I think the Owatonna depth in both the backfield and at receiver will be the difference. Oh yeah, they're offensive and defensive lines are incredible, too.
Cotter 12, Goodhue 8: Ugh, Abby picked my Wildcats. Darn here. This is going to be a close game. If it's more than one score, I'd be shocked. Similar resumes, though they get the job done much differently. But I'll go with Cotter in a barn-burner.
Dover-Eyota 25, St. Charles 13: D-E proved last week that they're not a bad football team, they've simply faced the best of the best in the TRC. They win again.
Lewiston-Altura 14, P-E-M 0: L-A wins again. It will be close and low-scoring, but it's a big game for L-A to prove it belongs among the state's top teams.
R-P 8, Chatfield 7: Toughest game for me to pick this week. R-P at home ... two stolid teams going at it. Going to be fun. Wish I was covering this one!
Lanesboro 30, Houston 28: My "inside source" says that if Houston comes out in the spread and goes four-wide, the Hurricanes will come out on top. But if they stick with the wishbone, they're in trouble. I'll go with Lanesboro, based on Houston sticking with the wishbone. Of course, our track record of picking Nine-man games is outstanding, so ...