PHERSY: Finally, I went in the right direction last week, picking up a game on Feldy. I'm still way behind, but at least it was a start. The bad news is Feldy picks first this week, and you know what that means ... I'll be pressing!!
Anyway, I went 6-1 last week, while Feldy went 5-2. That means I'm now 22-13 and Feldy is 25-10.
Here we go:
BIG NINE CONFERENCE
Faribault (4-1) at John Marshall (3-2)
Wabasha-Kellogg (3-2) at Fillmore Central (2-3)
Goodhue (1-4) at Southland (1-5)
Lake City (2-3) at Byron (2-3)
Cannon Falls (2-3) at P-E-M (3-2)
Kasson-Mantorville (5-0) at Stewartville (5-0)
Grand Meadow (5-0) at Lanesboro (4-1)
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FELDY: Here we go...
JM 23, Faribault 20: JM's pass defense was impressive against Mayo last week. If the Rockets can play that type of 'D' again, they'll keep Faribault's top offensive weapons in check.
Fillmore Central 28, Wabasha-Kellogg 21: Fillmore Central has faced two of the best teams in the state the past two weeks, losing to Chatfield and Caledonia. The Falcons other loss was a one-point setback to Rushford-Peterson, which was undefeated until losing to Chatfield last week. I'll take the Falcons on their home turf.
Southland 20, Goodhue 16: Both of these teams' lone wins came against a struggling Kingsland team. Both teams have struggled to score this season, so it's a toss-up. I'll take the Rebels at home.
Lake City 31, Byron 20: Lake City's Elliot Cox has been difficult for opposing defenses to contain this season. Cox and the Tigers get back to .500 against a Byron team that's battled some injuries and has struggled to score against three top-notch opponents over the past three weeks -- P-E-M, Stewartville and Lourdes.
P-E-M 30, Cannon Falls 21: P-E-M's losses have come to a pair of state-ranked teams, Rochester Lourdes (by one point) and Class AAAA school Kasson-Mantorville (40-26). The Bulldogs hand the Bombers their third consecutive setback.
Stewartville 28, K-M 27: The game of the week in southeastern Minnesota, for sure. K-M has played in more big games in recent seasons, but Stewartville keeps passing every test set in front of it. This week the Tigers face their biggest test of the season -- and pass, but by the slimmest of margins.
Grand Meadow 42, Lanesboro 33: Grand Meadow wins a shootout against a very good Lanesboro team and set up a showdown of two unbeatens next week when G.M. plays host to Spring Grove.
PHERSY: I'll keep it short and sweet:
BIG NINE CONFERENCE
Faribault 13, John Marshall 7: This might be the game of the week. The Rockets will be motivated after the loss to Mayo, but I think Faribault will make fewer mistakes.
Wabasha-Kellogg 20, Fillmore Central 18: WK received votes this week in the state polls. That's far-fetched, but it's a team heading in the right direction.
Goodhue 13, Southland 6: I just have to believe in G-force.
Lake City 23, Byron 13: The Bears will get healthy at some point and be a dangerous team once again. But the Tigers have enough and they're better than their record indicates.
P-E-M 27, Cannon Falls 20: This will be a barn-burner. CF's offensive and defensive lines are fantastic, but PEM isn't too bad there either. This will come down to the final play.
Kasson-Mantorville 13, Stewartville 12: If the weather is nasty as expected, I feel that favors KM. If it was sunny and nice out, I'd be picking the Tigers. But I'll roll with the KoMets in the mud.
Grand Meadow 24, Lanesboro 12: Man, I'd love to call for the upset. And this is a good situation for Lanesboro as the weather should slow down that dangerous GM offense. It won't be enough, though.