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!
No. 5 John Marshall (5-4) at No. 1 Faribault (6-2)
No. 3 Owatonna (7-2) at No. 2 Mayo (5-3)
No. 3 Byron (4-5) at No. 2 Kasson-Mantorville (4-4)
No. 3 Plainview-Elgin-MIllville (6-3) at No. 2 Tri-City United (7-2)
No. 3 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (7-2) at No. 2 Pine Island (8-1)
No. 3 Lewiston-Altura (6-3) at No. 2 Triton (8-1)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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: :)
Kasson-Mantorville 21, Byron 7: The KoMets needed the week off. They'll look much better moving forward.
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.
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.
Triton 28, L-A 14: The Cobras are the best team in the section, but L-A will give them a push here.
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.