PREP FOOTBALL WEEK 5 PREVIEW: A snapshot of this week’s other area matchups
ADRIAN (5-0) at MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL (2-3)
The Class A No. 5-ranked Dragons are led by Jordan Dingmann, who has rushed for 680 yards and 11 touchdowns, and John Dillon, who has gained 353 yards on the ground. … Logan Rogers is 16 of 26 for 293 passing yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. … Cody Polzine has made eight receptions for 96 yards.
Seth Bass tops the Rebels’ offense by throwing for 482 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also compiled 76 yards and a touchdown on the ground. … Mitch Reinsma (186 yards, four touchdowns) is MCC’s top rusher, while Tyler Scotting (100 yards, one touchdown) also adds punch to the Rebels’ ground game. … Grant Rohrer (12 receptions, 109 yards) is the top receiver for MCC, which also employs Mitch Reinsma (eight receptions, 95 yards and one touchdown), Mitchell Woldt (six receptions, 151 yards, two touchdowns) and Jaden Boerboom (six receptions, 55 yards, one touchdown). … Mason Whitehead has also thrown a TD pass this season.
CANBY (0-5) AT DAWSON-BOYD (4-1)
The Lancers are led on the ground by Brett Hansen, who has 387 yards and two touchdowns. Brock Nothem (163 yards, two touchdowns), Josh Gallegos (45 yards, two touchdowns) and Michael Slaba (103 yards, one touchdowns) also have rushed for TDs. … Mathew Sisk was the Canby quarterback last Friday, going 10 of 29 with 146 yards with one interception. … He replaced Josh Gallegos, who has thrown for 262 yards and one touchdown. … The Lancers’ top target has been Slaba, who has made 19 receptions for 218 yards and one touchdown. Alex Ufkin has made seven receptions, while Kristian Leppke has caught six passes.
The Blackjacks feature the top passer (Joey Lee, 1,073 yards, 11 touchdowns, three interceptions) and the top rusher (Michael Anyasike, 754 yards, 11 touchdowns) in The Independent’s coverage area. … Dalton Palmer adds 410 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. … Michael Lee (21 receptions, 470 yards, five touchdowns) and Noah Stelter (eight receptions, 226 yards, two touchdowns) and Palmer (10 receptions, 236 yards, three touchdowns) are Dawson-Boyd’s top receivers.
LAKEVIEW (1-4) AT MACCRAY (2-3)
Seth Goepferich has thrown for 392 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions to lead Lakeview. … Cody St. Aubin is the Lakers’ top rusher after gaining 156 yards on 38 carries. … Goepferich has three targets in Christopher Berg (nine receptions, 112 yards), Anthony Bossuyt (nine receptions, 152 yards, two touchdowns) and Jacob Neu (eight receptions, 51 yards). … Jaden Hoffman and Juan Garcia have also caught TD passes. … Neu adds 70 rushing yards, while Garrett Wee has 85 yards and a rushing touchdown.
RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON (0-5) AT LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY (1-4)
The Knights are led by Ty Thooft, who has run for 173 yards and thrown for 72 more. … Brett Vercruysse adds 128 rushing yards, while Thooft and Colten Lawson have made three receptions apiece. Creston Dalle, Ross Johnson and Will Peterson each add two catches. … Dain LaRock has also thrown for 74 yards.
MINNEOTA/LINCOLN HI (5-0) AT TRACY-MILROY-BALATON (4-1)
The Vikings have The Independent coverage area’s second-leading passer (Austin Buysse, 895 yards, 18 touchdowns, two interceptions) and fourth-leading running back (Jeff Gladis, 529 yards, six touchdowns). … Nathan Pavek (268 yards, five touchdowns) and Alec Engler (93 yards, three touchdowns) add more firepower in the Minneota/Lincoln HI backfield. … Buysse distributes the ball primarily to Nick Esping (15 receptions, 359 yards, seven touchdowns), Jordan Beck (14 receptions, 192 yards, eight touchdowns), Alec Engler (eight receptions, one touchdown) and Cole Hennen (seven receptions, one touchdown).
Brett Swenhaugen is the Panthers’ top passer and top rusher. He has thrown for 580 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions and has run for 359 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Koenig adds 350 rushing yards and six touchdowns, while TMB’s top receivers are Zach Seaton (17 receptions, 179 yards, three touchdowns) and Josh Kirk (17 receptions, 221 yards, three touchdowns).
MARTIN COUNTY WEST (5-0) at WABASSO (5-0)
This is a battle between two state-ranked teams. Martin County West is rated ninth in Class 2A, while Wabasso is rated seventh in Class A.
The Rabbits have a potent attack with Neil Eichten, who has 840 passing yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions, and Tanner Bock, who is second in The Independent’s coverage area with 548 rushing yards and five touchdowns. … T.J. Fulton is Wabasso’s top wideout with 20 catches for 468 yards and five touchdowns. He also has gained 155 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground. … Mitch Fulton has 141 rushing yards and one touchdown.
RED ROCK CENTRAL (0-5) at SLEEPY EYE (0-5)
Jordan Schroepfer is the best defender in the Independent’s coverage area after compiling 63.5 tackles. He also leads the Falcons in rushing with 263 yards and two touchdowns. … RRC has used two quarterbacks this season with freshman Taylor Bunting tossing one TD pass and picking up 168 yards, while junior Thomas Blomgren has thrown for 51 yards and one touchdown. … Blomgren has also caught nine passes, while Schroepfer has made six receptions and hauled in a touchdown.
WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE (2-3) at RENVILLE COUNTY WEST (0-5)
Westbrook-Walnut Grove is looking to rebound from three straight losses against state-ranked teams. The Chargers have been defeated in nine-man football by Nicollet (tied for seventh in the state), Edgerton/Ellsworth (No. 5) and Mountain Lake Area (No. 4).
Chargers QB Tristan Joel has thrown for 503 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. … Matt Otto tops WWG in rushing with 337 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell Jarmer adds 113 yards and three TDs on the ground. … Shawn McCroskey leads The Independent’s coverage area with 24 receptions for 473 yards two touchdowns. … Levi Bunting, who has 11 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, enters the game with 41 tackles and tops the Independent’s coverage area with 8.0 sacks.
BIRD ISLAND-OLIVIA-LAKE LILLIAN (3-2) at YELLOW MEDICINE EAST (0-5)
Winless Yellow Medicine East faces BOLD, a team that has won three of its last four games. The Warriors are 14-3 since the start of the 2012 season.
The Sting are led by Blake Lidstrom, who has thrown for 395 yards on 29 completions. … Austin Vikander, The Independent coverage area’s third-leading rusher, has compiled 595 yards and four touchdowns on 83 carries. … Chase Richter is YME’s top receiver with seven receptions for 125 yards. … Tyson Velde is second in The Independent coverage area’s in sacks with 6.0.