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October 24, 2014

High School Football Picks | Section semifinals edition

PHERSY: :-) ... that's all I need to say to Mr. Feldman.

Last week, I went 6-1, improving my record to 41-15 for the season. Not too shabby. Meanwhile, Feldy went 4-3, and he now sits at ........ 41-15. That lead he's held all season? Not.

Now we're down to the best of the best, though. Every game will be brutal from here on out. Let's get it going Feldy!

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall (5-4) at No. 1 Faribault (6-2)

No. 3 Owatonna (7-2) at No. 2 Mayo (5-3)

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 3 Byron (4-5) at No. 2 Kasson-Mantorville (4-4)

SECTION 1AAA

No. 3 Plainview-Elgin-MIllville (6-3) at No. 2 Tri-City United (7-2)

SECTION 2AA

No. 3 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (7-2) at No. 2 Pine Island (8-1)

SECTION 1AA

No. 3 Lewiston-Altura (6-3) at No. 2 Triton (8-1)

SECTION 1A

No. 3 Goodhue (7-2) at No. 2 Blooming Prairie (9-0)

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FELDY: I guess it's time to get serious, or have my promising season crash like the '98 Vikes. Thank you, Phersy, for not including a 9-man game. If you eliminated 9-man games from our records, I'd probably have a 10-game lead on Phersy!

SECTION 1AAAAA

John Marshall 27, Faribault 25: No team in this section is playing better than JM right now.

Mayo 36, Owatonna 26: I thought Mayo was the best team in this section at the start of the season. It'll get its chance to prove it next week.

SECTION 1AAAA

Kasson-Mantorville 28, Byron 20: The KoMets have had 10 days to stew on a big loss to P-E-M. They'll be ready, but Byron won't make it easy.

SECTION 1AAA

Tri-City United 23, P-E-M 20: P-E-M's struggles with La Crescent on Tuesday concern me. I'll go with TCU by the home-field advantage.

SECTION 2AA

W-E-M 30, Pine Island 25: Take heart, Panthers fans, I don't think I've picked your team's games correctly at all this season. P.I.'s struggles against Dover-Eyota and LeSueur-Henderson -- teams with 4 combined victories -- the past two weeks are why I'm going with W-E-M. 

SECTION 1AA

Triton 43, L-A 30: I don't think I've picked a Triton game correctly, either, this year. I guess it's taken an eight-game Cobras winning streak (where no opponent has come closer than 14 points) to make a believer. 

SECTION 1A

Blooming Prairie 37, Goodhue 24: I just think BP's passing attack is too much for the Wildcats. 

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PHERSY: It's almost game time. Here we go...

SECTION 1AAAAA

Faribault 21, John Marshall 20: Game of the week. Rockets are red-hot, but Faribault is rested and has its QB back. It'll come down to the final play.

Mayo 69, Owatonna 6: :)

SECTION 1AAAA

Kasson-Mantorville 21, Byron 7: The KoMets needed the week off. They'll look much better moving forward.

SECTION 1AAA

P-E-M 20, Tri-City United 15: P-E-M struggled last week, but the Bulldogs have faced tougher competition all year. They'll win a close one in Montgomery.

SECTION 2AA

Pine Island 28, W-E-M 27: Pine Island limped to this point, but it's a team that plays to its level of competition. The Panthers win on their home field.

SECTION 1AA

Triton 28, L-A 14: The Cobras are the best team in the section, but L-A will give them a push here.

SECTION 1A

Blooming Prairie 28, Goodhue 20: Goodhue's defense is good, but it hasn't faced a passing team like this. Still, the Wildcats keep it close and have a chance at the end, but BP will survive.

October 21, 2014

High School Football picks | Section quarterfinal edition

FELDY: Phersy gained another game on me last week. I'm pretty sure he cheated, but I'll take my lumps and move on. It should come as no shock that the 9-man games did me in. Phersy knew that would happen, which is why he made me pick three of them. I'm contemplating not putting any 9-man games on the list this week. We'll see. We'll see. 

I went 5-2 last week and am 37-12 this season. Phersy went 6-1 to improve to 35-14. We're down to just a couple weeks left, so he needs to gain some ground. Let's see if he can do it in the section quarterfinals. I say no, he won't.

This round's games to pick, lots of 4s vs. 5s:

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall (4-4) at No. 4 Century (4-4)

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 5 Winona (1-7) at No. 4 Red Wing (2-6)

SECTION 1AAA

No. 5 Jordan (5-3) at No. 4 Lake City (4-4)

SECTION 1AA

No. 5 Dover-Eyota (3-5) at No. 4 Chatfield (4-4)

SECTION 2AA

No. 5 G-F-W (2-6) at No. 4 Zumbrota-Mazeppa (3-5)

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland (5-3) at No. 4 Faribault B.A. (6-2)

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 5 Houston (3-5) at No. 4 Lanesboro (4-4)

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PHERSY: Feldy might not say it, but he's worried. This would be the choke of all chokes. He's very frightened for this week's picks, as he should be. It won't be long until Team Phersy charges into the lead...

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall 34, No. 4 Century 27: Rockets riding high after huge win over West. If they let up, they'll lose. But my guess is they're getting hot at the right time.

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 4 Red Wing 21, No. 5 Winona 0: You know it's a brutal section when the Wingers are hosting a first-

SECTION 1AAA

No. 4 Lake City 14, No. 5 Jordan 7: The Tigers' defense will carry them to a win. Jordan hasn't played the same competition, and that'll pay off at home for LC.

SECTION 1AA

No. 4 Chatfield 21, No. 5 Dover-Eyota 14: It's not going to be easy for Chatfield, and the Gophers aren't playing great. But it's playoff time...they'll dig deep and move on.

SECTION 2AA

No. 4 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12, No. 5 G-F-W 0: These teams struggled to score points all season. Cougars faced tougher competition and they're on their home field...

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland 21, No. 4 Faribault B.A. 20: Upset central? Sure. FBA lost big when it faced good opponents, beat up on lesser foes. Rebels enter with confidence and pull the upset.

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 4 Lanesboro 35, No. 5 Houston 14: This was a shutout win for Lanesboro the first time around. Houston scores, but I don't see an upset happening.

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FELDY: I'll admit it. I'm worried. Worried about Phersy breaking down and bawling in the office when I win this thing for -- what? -- like the third year in a row. Let's get on with the picks.

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 4 Century 27, No. 5 JM 25: This is more about what I saw from Century last week than it is a knock on JM. The Rockets are (obviously) playing quite well and coming off an emotional high. But Century moved the ball effectively against Mayo last week, but shot itself in the foot with turnovers and penalties. The Panthers need to clean those things up, or they won't move on. I trust they'll clean that stuff up tonight.

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 4 Red Wing 18, No. 5 Winona 6: Won't be pretty, but the Wingers advance to play Stewartville on Saturday.

SECTION 1AAA

No. 5 Jordan 24, No. 4 Lake City 20: Lake City had played very well in a loss to Stewartville and a victory against Kasson-Mantorville. Then the Tigers lost by 29 to Lourdes (no shame in that; it's happened to most everyone this year) and lost to Cannon Falls last Wednesday. The Tigers will play better tonight, but I'll take the Hubmen on a late score.

SECTION 1AA

No. 4 Chatfield 20, No. 5 Dover-Eyota 13: I agree with Phersy. Chatfield isn't playing well, but it has some veteran players who know what it takes to win in the postseason. D-E will put up a good fight, but the Gophs win on their home turf.

SECTION 2AA

No. 4 Z-M 14, No. 5 G-F-W 11: Cougars get the home-field advantage and move on to the section semis.

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland 28, No. 4 Faribault B.A. 18: COME ON, PHERSY! This was gonna be my (mild) upset special! Southland's three losses came to Caledonia, Goodhue and Rushford-Peterson. If you're gonna lose three games, there's no shame in those losses. The Rebels are riding high after knocking off defending Class AA state champ Chatfield.

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 4 Lanesboro 63, No. 5 Houston 48: I can't pick 9-man games, so why not expect a fan-pleasing shootout? Gimme the Burros by a bunch. Eeeee-awwww! (Sorry, I really do think the Burros need that sound effect at their home games, to play after they get first downs. That'd be awesome. Someone get me a video if they do that?)

October 14, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 8

PHERSY: For the first time since Week One, Phersy gained ground in the standings! Feldy, don't look now ... objects in your rear-view mirror...

So last week I went 5-2, and Feldy was 3-4. That leaves me at 29-13, while Feldy is 32-10. Still lots of ground to make up, and a comeback is unlikely, but I'll go for broke this week, I'm sure.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (3-4) at Mankato East (3-4).

Century (4-3) at Mayo (4-3)

SFA BLUE

Caledonia (7-0) at Goodhue (6-1)

SFA RED

Kasson-Mantorville (4-3) at Plainview-Elgin-Millville (4-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Randolph (6-1) at Spring Grove (6-1)

Lyle/Pacelli (1-6) at LeRoy-Ostrander (1-6)

Lanesboro (4-3) at Mabel-Canton (4-3)

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FELDY: After a putrid week last week, no more shooting for upsets this week. I'll take Phersy's approach from last week. Not much for comments, just get down to business. Also, I'm calling Shenanigans about having to pick three 9-man games. You know I can't get those right to save my life...

BIG NINE

Mankato East 35, Austin 27: East is playing well and actually has a .500 season in its sights.

Mayo 28, Century 24: Mayo needs to put last week's game against Mankato West behind it as quickly as possible.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 30, Goodhue 20: Goodhue is playing very well, but Caledonia is, well ... Caledonia.

SFA RED

P-E-M 26, K-M 23: This is a toss-up to me. Take the 'Dogs at home.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 37, Randolph 20: Lions want some momentum heading into the playoffs. They'll get it with a good win in the regular season finale.

LeRoy-Ostrander 16, Lyle/Pacelli 13: Gimme the Cards at home, picking up W No. 2 of this season.

Lanesboro 32, Mabel-Canton 24: Taking the Burros with a late score to win on the road. Eeeee-awww! (Is that the sound a Burro makes? I'd like to think so. That would be a cool sound effect at Burros games.)

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PHERSY: Let's see if I can make up some more ground and pass Feldy in the playoffs...

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 35, Mankato East 28: Brandon Edgar needs less than 100 yards to reach 1,000. While East is playing very well lately, Edgar is going to lead this team to a huge win.

Mayo 21, Century 19: I'd be stunned if this game wasn't close. We'll know a lot about both teams after this tilt. Michalak with another big game to carry the Spartans, though.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 27, Goodhue 18: Great game, and the Wildcats proved they're for real last week. But Caledonia is on its way to another state title. Heck, maybe Goodhue is too.

SFA RED

Kasson-Mantorville 21, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 14: The KoMets finish the season on a high note. They're getting healthy and that makes them dangerous.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 41, Randolph 21: Won't be as close as some may think.

LeRoy-Ostrander 59, Lyle/Pacelli 40: Bunne power. Plus the L-O offensive coordinator is a genius.

Mabel-Canton 40, Lanesboro 35: This is a great game. A true toss-up. I'll go with the home team.

October 10, 2014

High School Football picks | Week 7

FELDY: After last week, I think Phesy is waving the white flag. He is French, after all (he's not, and no offense meant to our readers in France). Let's get going with Week 7 games. I went 6-1 last week to improve to 35-7. Phersy went 4-3, in his defense, trying to make up some ground, but now sits at 28-14. Maybe he better go all 7 different than me over the next couple weeks.

This week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester John Marshall (3-3) at Owatonna (4-2)
* Northfield (5-1) at Rochester Century (4-2)

SFA RED DIVISION

* Lourdes (6-0) at Lake City (4-2)

SFA WHITE DIVISION

* Triton (5-1) at Lewiston-Altura (4-2)
* Dover-Eyota (2-4) at Zumbrota-Mazeppa (2-4)

SFA BLUE DIVISION

* Goodhue (5-1) at Chatfield (4-2)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove (5-1) at Lanesboro (4-2)

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PHERSY: I stink anyway, so no research, no wise thoughts, just picks...

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester John Marshall 21, Owatonna 14: Rockets need this win badly.
* Northfield 37, Rochester Century 21: Northfield is the second-best team in the conference.

SFA RED DIVISION

* Lourdes 35, Lake City 34: Closer than most think, but Eagles still win a big one on the road.

SFA WHITE DIVISION

* Triton 27, Lewiston-Altura 20: Good game, Cobras steal a road W.
* Dover-Eyota 20, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12: Sticking with the road theme.

SFA BLUE DIVISION

* Chatfield 29, Goodhue 2: I don't usually bet against the Wildcats, but when I do, it's against a good wrestling school.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove 41, Lanesboro 34: Nine-man ... who knows.

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FELDY: This can never be easy, so I'm sure I'll lose 3-4 games this week, even if I pick the same as Phersy.

BIG NINE

* JM 31, Owatonna 20: JM's a better team than its 3-3 record shows. Think about it: This team is 4 points away from being 5-1, if it flips 1-point losses to Mayo and Northfield.

* Century 33, Northfield 31: Call it an upset if you want. Northfield is a good football team, but so is Century, and Century has flown under the radar all year, even after beating JM. Time for the Panthers to stand up and be recognized.

SFA RED

* Lourdes 38, Lake City 28: I agree with Phersy, Lake City will keep this one close and it'll be one of the best 4-3 teams in the state afterward.

SFA WHITE

* L-A 24, Triton 20: The Cards are ticked after their first division loss last week and they bounce back with a quality victory against the snakes.

* D-E 24, Z-M 10: The Cougars have really struggled to score this year. That continues this week, and D-E gets its third win of the season.

SFA BLUE

* Chatfield 28, Goodhue 17: What a brutal way for Goodhue to end its season: at Chatfield, then home for Caledonia. Chatfield has lost twice this year and won't let it happen again in the regular season

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove 63, Lanesboro 56: As Phersy said, we have no clue how to pick 9-man games. That's a credit to those teams in a balanced SEC, who believe they can win on any given week. Spring Grove put up 98 last week against G-E, so I'll take them to win this week in a defensive battle.

October 03, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 6

PHERSY: Feldy took advantage of me last week ... not like that! Get your minds out of the gutter! No, I put my picks in before learning K-W was ravaged by injuries. Feldy pounced and lengthened his lead. It's getting embarrassing now. I guess I will continue to press ... you know, if you're not first, you're last!

Standings: Feldy 29-6; Phersy 24-11.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (1-4) at Red Wing (1-4)

Mayo (3-2) at Owatonna (4-1)

SFA RED

Lourdes (5-0) at Stewartville (5-0)

Lake City (3-2) at Kasson-Mantorville (3-2)

SFA WHITE

Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1-4) at Kenyon-Wanamingo (1-4)

Lewiston-Altura (4-1) at Pine Island (4-1)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Randolph (5-0) at Grand Meadow (5-0)

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FELDY: So many good games this week. Could probably flip a coin on all of 'em. What football fan wouldn't want to be in Stewartville tonight? It's 12:27 as I write this and I'm guessing you probably needed to get there about six hours ago to get a decent seat. Here we go, I'm guessing me and Phersy will have lots of opposite selections this week:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 30, Red Wing 22: The Packers have to bounce back at some point, right? Right?

Mayo 34, Owatonna 31: I think Mayo figured out at the end of last week's game that it has to throw the ball to win, and it has to protect QB Jay Alston in order to throw the ball. The Spartans are in a tough stretch of schedule and they need a 'W' to get back on track after two losses. This is where senior leadership becomes very valuable, and the Spartans have a lot of it.

SFA RED

Lourdes 33, Stewartville 30 (OT): I've gone back and forth on this one about three dozen times. I'll take the Eagles' offense to slightly outscore the Tigers.

Lake City 27, Kasson-Mantorville 20: Lake City stayed within one score of a powerful Stewartville team last week. Its only other loss was to state-ranked P-E-M.

SFA WHITE

Zumbrota-Mazeppa 19, Kenyon-Wanamingo 16: Both teams have struggled to score points in recent weeks, and something has to give here. I'll take the Cougars on the road.

Lewiston-Altura 35, Pine Island 27: No team has come within 19 of L-A since its season-opening loss to Lourdes, but P.I. is the toughest opponent L-A has faced since Week 1.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 26, Randolph 21: Can't go against the No. 1 team in the state on its home field, even against the No. 2 team in the state. The Larks haven't allowed more than 18 points in a game all season, and have given up a total of 24 over the past three weeks. 

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PHERSY: As much as I wanted to pick every game differently this week, Feldy made that impossible for me ... he's a clown:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 21, Red Wing 13: Austin was better last week, though still far from good. I like Brandon Edgar to get 20-plus carries and that'll be enough to win in my old stomping grounds.

Owatonna 29, Mayo 19: This weather favors Owatonna, IMO.

SFA RED

Lourdes 21, Stewartville 7: I wanted to take the Tigers, but this weather is terrible for a passing team. Not to mention, I'd be run out of town if I picked against the Eagles again.

Kasson-Mantorville 20, Lake City 13: K-M back on track? Must play well to beat a solid Lake City team.

SFA WHITE

Kenyon-Wanamingo 7, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6: Big rivalry ... I'll take the Knights at home.

Pine Island 18, Lewiston-Altura 13: Great game. PI controls game with its running and wins a tight one.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 46, Randolph 12: Not going to be close...Jacobson will top 200 yards and four tuddies.

September 26, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football picks | Week 5

FELDY: Last week wasn't a very shining moment for either of us, Phersy, but especially you. We both were way off the mark on Austin against Faribault and we both thought JM would win a competitive game against Century. Turns out, Century had no inkling of letting it be close. I went 5-2 and am 23-5; Phersy went 3-4 and is now 20-8. Let's put last week in the past and move on to this week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester Mayo (3-1) at Faribault (2-2)

SFA RED

* Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-1) at Rochester Lourdes (4-0)

* Stewartville (4-0) at Lake City (3-1)

SFA BLUE

* Caledonia (5-0) at Chatfield (3-1)

SFA WHITE

* Kenyon-Wanamingo (1-3) at Dover-Eyota (1-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Grand Meadow (4-0) at Lanesboro (3-1)

* Spring Grove (3-1) at Mabel-Canton (3-2)

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PHERSY: Feldy, after another awful week, I need to try something new. So I'm gonna rip through these picks, no research, just first team that comes to mind...I have to break this slump!

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester Mayo 28, Faribault 14: Spartans get back on track.

SFA RED

* Plainview-Elgin-Millville 27, Rochester Lourdes 26: Going with road warriors this week?

* Stewartville 47, Lake City 22: Lake City is solid, but Stewartville is elite.

SFA BLUE

* Caledonia 24, Chatfield 7: Caledonia is balanced and the Warriors will be back on top again this year.

SFA WHITE

* Kenyon-Wanamingo 25, Dover-Eyota 21: All road teams, all night long.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Grand Meadow 33, Lanesboro 21: Best team in the state takes this one.

* Spring Grove 35, Mabel-Canton 28: This should be a good one!

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FELDY: Let's see if I can put some more separation between me and Phersy...

BIG NINE

Mayo 33, Faribault 21: If the Spartans are the team they expected to be at the start of the season, and the team they still believe they can be, they come out and take it to the Falcons in Faribault.

SFA RED

Lourdes 28, PEM 24: I like Phersy's pick here, but coach Kesler won't let Lourdes relax with its No. 1 ranking. The Eagles will have a big bullseye on their backs (as if they already didn't) the rest of the way.

Stewartville 38, Lake City 21: No one has been able to slow Stewie's offense yet. As well as Lake City has played, Stewartville is as tough a test as they'll face all year.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 34, Chatfield 19: Caledonia has had this game marked on its calendar for almost a year. 

SFA WHITE

Dover-Eyota 20, Kenyon-Wanamingo 17: I don't think I've picked a K-W game correctly all season. Maybe I'll start this week.

SOUTHEAST

Grand Meadow 36, Lanesboro 23: Sticking with the defending state champion Larks.

Spring Grove 22, Mabel-Canton 20: I'll take the Lions with a late score to win on the road.

September 19, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 4

PHERSY: Well, that was an ugly week for me. I went 4-3, and Feldy went 6-1 ... so, now Feldy leads in the standings ... Feldy is 18-3 and I'm 17-4. The good news is, please remember to ask Feldy who correctly picked the winner of last weekend's PGA Tour Championship.

Let's play some football!

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (1-2) at Faribault (1-2)

Mankato West (3-0) at Owatonna (3-0)

John Marshall (2-1) at Century (2-1)

SFA RED

Stewartville (3-0) at P-E-M (3-0)

Byron (1-2) at Kasson-Mantorville (1-2)

SFA BLUE

Rushford-Peterson (3-1) at Goodhue (3-0)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro (2-1) at Houston (2-2)

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FELDY: Let's get right to it ...

BIG NINE

Austin 34, Faribault 21: The Packers' defense will be better this week. Their offense will keep clicking along.

Mankato West 40, Owatonna 20: West is the No. 1-ranked team in the state for a reason. Its offense is all but impossible to slow down. We'll get to see if this inexperienced Owatonna team is for real.

John Marshall 33, Century 23: Century won't make things easy on its crosstown rival, but JM is a team that keeps improving each week and will again this week.

SFA RED

Stewartville 38, PEM 24: The Bulldogs are no slouches, ranked No. 3 in the state Class AAA poll, but Stewie has been more unstoppable than its No. 7 ranking in Class AAAA indicates.

Kasson-Mantorville 28, Byron 21: Both of these teams need a good confidence boost. K-M will get it with a win, but Byron will take it down to the wire.

SFA BLUE

Rushford-Peterson 31, Goodhue 21: Goodhue's 'D' has been impressive the past two weeks, but I think R-P has too much for the Wildcats this week. R-P's only loss came by one point to Caledonia, which might be the best team in Class AA.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro 18, Houston 15: every time I pick these 9-man games to go into the 40s for scoring, the defenses rise up. I've learned my lesson. I'll take the Burros in a close one.

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PHERSY: Those picks were brutal Feldy. And by brutal, I mean, they're exactly what I was thinking. But, you know that's not how I roll, so...

BIG NINE

Austin 42, Faribault 36: Austin's defense is young and it still scares me. The line must play better, too. But, I'll stick with Big Red ... with Brandon Edgar having a monster game to lead the way.

Mankato West 42, Owatonna 21: West is the real deal, and I'm not certain Owatonna is legit. We'll find out tonight. I do know Owatonna has the best player in the conference in the middle of that line...I don't care what anyone else says.

John Marshall 17, Century 16: Rivalry game ... that means it'll be closer than expected. JM too talented to let this one slip away. But Century will slow it down and keep it close and have a chance to win at the end.

SFA RED

Stewartville 35, PEM 21: Stewartville has stars all over the field. PEM is a bit more balanced, but the Tigers are legit and they'll get the W in a close game.

Byron 7, Kasson-Mantorville 6: KoMets are going to struggle as they try to find their identity. This will be a nasty rivalry game.

SFA BLUE

Goodhue 14, Rushford-Peterson 12: G-Force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro 38, Houston 22: Let's go Buros. My first thought is to pick the opposite of Feldy on all Nine-Man games. But this week I have to stick with Lanesboro in a war of attrition.

September 05, 2014

High School Football Picks | Week 2

PHERSY: Well that makes a lot of sense Feldy, we tied for Week 1. Go figure. The good news is we both had a good week, checking in at 6-1 each. Not a bad start Feldy, but I'm not sure how long we can keep it up with the fantastic games on the docket tonight.

At any rate, ssssssgo!

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Rochester Mayo (1-0) at Rochester John Marshall (1-0)

Mankato West (1-0) at Northfield (1-0)

SFA BLUE

Rushford-Peterson (1-0) at Caledonia (1-0)

SFA RED

Byron (1-0) at Lake City (1-0)

Stewartville (1-0) at Kasson-Mantorville (1-0)

SFA WHITE

Triton (0-1) at Pine Island (1-0)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove (2-0) at Grand Meadow (1-0)

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FELDY: What a slate of games this week! It'd be nice to be in five places at once! Unfortunately we can't be, but we'll be scoreboard watching all night.

BIG NINE

Mayo 32, JM 27: This isn't a must-win for either team, but there's a very good chance this game could decide the top seed in the Section 1AAAAA playoffs.

West 44, Northfield 20: Northfield will be a good team and a tough beat in the Big Nine, but West is the team to beat until someone proves otherwise.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 26, R-P 21: R-P was impressive last week, but I just can't go against a Caledonia club that has had a chip on its shoulder for almost a year.

SFA RED

• Lake City 24, Byron 16: Lake City knocked off a Kenyon-Wanamingo team last week that I still think will make some noise in the Red. I'll stick with the Tigers in their home opener.

Stewartville 38, K-M 30: this could be the game of the week. Stewie has an experienced group and one of the best QBs in the area.

SFA WHITE

Pine Island 20, Triton 16: Triton had a very tough matchup in its opener, falling to K-M. The Cobras will be better this week, but I'll go with PI scoring late to win it.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 41, Spring Grove 40: I'm going with the defending state champs until someone knocks them off.

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PHERSY: Ugh, I hate it when our picks are so similar...

BIG NINE

Mayo 30, JM 20: This will be interesting. It's a game I'd like to be watching. I want to see if Henry can play as well as he did last week and if JM has someone to cover Michalak.

West 42, Northfield 21: West is the best team in the Big Nine, and I don't think anyone else is close.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 36, R-P 17: R-P had a stellar performance last week, but I think Caledonia is winning the state title this season.

SFA RED

Lake City 13, Byron 6: Byron struggled a bit, and Lake City won a nail-biter against K-W. Going to be a close game.

Stewartville 35, K-M 21: I don't think this game is going to be as close as others. K-M needs some time. It'll be a much closer tilt if they meet later in the season.

SFA WHITE

Triton 21, Pine Island 14: Here's our one different game, Feldy. Triton is better than the score would indicate last week. It's a talented group that's going to get better as the season progresses. PI needs to replace a lot of talent from last season.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 42, Spring Grove 32: Jacobson ... enough said.

October 15, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICKS: Week 8

PHERSY: Whoa, that went left in a hurry. Feldy cleaned my clock last week, essentially ending my season.This will be bad with Feldy winning two years in a row after being blanked for so long. Let's get crazy this week Feldy. Maybe you could pick an upset or two :-)

After my disastrous week (3-4), I sink to 30-19. Gross. Feldy lit it up last week, going 6-1, which makes him 35-14. Five games back ... and the worst week of games I've seen to date. This is brutal.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Mankato West (6-1) at Rochester Mayo (5-2)

Winona (2-5) at Albert Lea (0-7)

SFA BLUE

Wabasha-Kellogg (3-4) at Hayfield (3-4)

Southland (1-6) at Fillmore Central (3-4)

SFA RED

La Crescent (2-5) at Lake City (2-5)

PEM (5-2) at Stewartville (6-1)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Houston (3-4) at Lanesboro (6-1)

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FELDY: I'll hold off on patting myself on the back, as my history is very Vikings-like. I just might hook the field goal wide right and let Phersy right back into this. 

BIG NINE

Mayo 28, Mankato West 27: I'll take the upset here; banking on West continuing to trend downward after a bad second half against Faribault last week. 

Winona 34, Albert Lea 14: This is assuming Albert Lea can convert the PATs. Otherwise, 34-12.

SFA BLUE

Wabasha-Kellogg 25, Hayfield 20: W-K played a good Rushford-Peterson team really tough last week, with the difference being an R-P defensive TD. Both of these teams wins are against Kingsland, Goodhue and Southland, so comparing scores is useless. This should be a good ballgame; I like the way the Falcons are playing, so let's go with em on the road.

Fillmore Central 20, Southland 6: I'll take the Falcons' D against a Southland offense that is struggling to score. The Rebels have been shut out twice and scored 8 points or less in four of their six losses.

SFA RED

La Crescent 31, Lake City 24: Lake City really missed Elliot Cox last week. Not sure if he's back this week, so I'll take the Lancers to pull the mild upset.

Stewartville 21, P-E-M 18: This is a big test for both teams heading into the postseason. P-E-M could be a spoiler here, ruining Stewartville's shot at a share of the division title. But this is a game where Stewy needs to show what it's made of, a great opponent to face heading into the playoffs. I think the Tigers have enough to be a very tough P-E-M club.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro 54, Houston 48: Don't let the records of these teams fool you; Lanesboro only beat Houston by 2 points in the season opener. The Burros want a share of the conference crown and they want the highest seed possible in the postseason. Niko Anderson continues to pile up TDs and the Burros win.

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PHERSY: Disclaimer: I don't believe most of these picks. But I'm desperate...

BIG NINE

Mankato West 37, Mayo 21: If this was the NFL, West would be resting starters. But everyone knows Esch will run up the score on anyone at any time and he is more concerned about records. 

Albert Lea 14, Winona 13: Gross game. But again, I need some miracles.

SFA BLUE

Wabasha-Kellogg 26, Hayfield 23: WK is the better team.

Southland 6, Fillmore Central 0: Do you believe in miracles? yes, yes!!!

SFA RED

Lake City 21, La Crescent 13: Banking on Cox coming back ... and even then, it'll be an uphill battle. But, go Tigers!

P-E-M 30, Stewartville 20: Meh, I need some upsets...

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Houston 18, Lanesboro 14: Yeah, I'd like to go for the win outright in this one ... so, yeah, let's do it.

October 10, 2013

High School Football Picks | Week 7

FELDY: As usual, Phersy and I tried to gain some separation from one another in Week 6 by picking four games differently. As usual, nothing was settled. We both went 4-3. I'm still holding a slim two-game lead, at 29-13, while Phersy is 27-15.

Some good games on tap again this week. Phersy gets to pick first. Here are this week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Rochester Mayo (4-2) at Winona (2-4)

SFA RED DIVISION

Lake City (3-3) at Plainview-Elgin-Millville (4-2)

Rochester Lourdes (5-1) at Kasson-Mantorville (6-0)

Byron (2-4) at La Crescent (1-5)

SFA WHITE DIVISION

Pine Island (4-2) at Zumbrota-Mazeppa (4-2)

SFA BLUE DIVISION

Rushford-Peterson (4-2) at Wabasha-Kellogg (3-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove (6-0) at Grand Meadow (5-1)

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PHERSY: Yeah Feldy I went too far out on a limb last week. And it didn't pay off. I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week because I'm on the move ... gotta get down to Albert Lea for tailgating. :)

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Rochester Mayo 21, Winona 13: Man, Winona is a juicy underdog against the banged-up Spartans. But I think they still get it done. Plus, Winona always gives Mayo trouble. But I gotta stick with Sparty.

SFA RED DIVISION

Lake City 27, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 16: Feldy, this is a sucker game. PEM with a better record and at home ... but I'm going with the team that is playing better right now.

Kasson-Mantorville 27, Rochester Lourdes 21: The Eagles have the best coach in the conference, but KM has way more talent. Their dominant offensive and defensive lines will control the game, and freshman QB Brady Berge gets better every week.

Byron 44, La Crescent 22: Byron is getting healthy. The Bears have their QB back now, and they'll roll.

SFA WHITE DIVISION

Pine Island 20, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6: I'm loving road teams this week. Another tossup game.

SFA BLUE DIVISION

Rushford-Peterson 40, Wabasha-Kellogg 28: Am I missing something here?

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 42, Grand Meadow 35: This game is going to be fun ... wish I could be there.

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FELDY: Lots of good ones this week, let's see if I can put a little more distance between me and Phersy.

BIG NINE
Mayo 27, Winona 20: The Winhawks have a way of playing the Spartans tough. Plus, who knows what Mayo's mindset is actually like after losing to Austin last week for the first time in nine years. It was an unexpected loss, but was it a wakeup call or a game that starts the Spartans on a tailspin?

SFA RED
P-E-M 29, Lake City 28: Yes, Lake City is playing very well right now. P-E-M hasn't given up more than 20 points in a game, though, except to an outstanding K-M team. LC's Elliot Cox will give the Bulldogs all they can handle, but P-E-M sneaks one out on its home field.

K-M 24, Lourdes 20: I went back-and-forth on this one about two dozen times. I'm still not convinced of who I should pick to win. Lourdes' defense has been outstanding this season, but K-M has been so good along the line on both sides of the ball. The KoMets big guys hide diminutive QB Brady Berge really well. How about, the team with the ball last wins. I'll go with K-M on its home field.

La Crescent 33, Byron 28: La Crescent has played pretty well against the top teams in the division. With its QB back and the team getting healthier, Byron's 'O' will put up some more points, but I'll take the Lancers in a mild upset.

SFA WHITE
Pine Island 32, Z-M 21: P.I. is 4-1 in the division with the only blemish a 6-point loss to a very good Triton team. Z-M's offense has been solid when it's had all of its top players, but I just like this P.I. team this season. Sorry in advance for the jinx, Panthers fans.

SFA BLUE
Rushford-Peterson 34, Wabasha-Kellogg 21: R-P is 4-2, W-K is 3-3. But R-P is better than that record indicates, with its two losses coming to two of the top teams in the state, Chatfield and Caledonia. The Trojans win this one by two scores.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
Grand Meadow 34, Spring Grove 31: I'm banking on the SuperLarks being ticked about last week's loss to Lanesboro and ready to prove they're still one of the top 10 teams in the state.