Football: Mayo at Century game preview
Mayo at Century
7 p.m. Friday, at Century High School
RECORDS: Mayo is 2-1, Century is 2-1.
LAST WEEK: Mayo won at Mankato East, 40-13; Century rolled to its second consecutive victory, 55-6 against Red Wing.
LAST MEETING: Century won the Addington Jug, beating Mayo 7-6 in the quarterfinals of the Section 1AAAAA playoffs on Oct. 24, 2017, at Mayo.
MAYO NOTES: The Spartans lead the all-time series with Century, 18-7. … Mayo and Century have split two meetings in each of the past two seasons, with Mayo winning in the regular season and Century winning in the playoffs. … Mayo’s defense took a big step forward last week, holding Mankato East to less than 200 total yards of offense, including less than 100 on the ground. … Spartans senior running back Israel Lozoya is off to an incredible start. He is averaging 10.7 yards per carry, having rushed for 450 yards on 42 attempts, with five touchdowns. … QB Cade Sheehan has done a nice job of spreading the ball around. Five different Mayo receivers have multiple-catch games this season. … Four receivers have caught at least one touchdown pass. … The temperature is expected to dip into the low 50s by game time Friday.
CENTURY NOTES: The Panthers have outscored their last two foes 80-27, but New Prague and Red Wing are the weakest teams on the schedule. Century now begins the tough part of its season with two ranks foes coming up after this week’s rivalry game. Senior Colin Smith, coming off a 153-yard game, has rushed for 242 yards and 4 TDs. Jack Fisher was hurt early on but he burst on the scene a week ago with three catches for 93 yards and 2 TD catches. Fisher also intercepted a pass last week. Senior RB/DL Steven Nah was sidelined a week ago and he could return to action against the Spartans. Century’s defense has three interceptions in last week’s win while the special teams scored two TDs on a punt return by Isaiah Huber and Jerrad Ohr’s fumble recovery in the end zone. “This is a crosstown rival game where anything can happen,” coach Jon Vik said. “We know we have to mentally play our best game in all three phases and continue to become more physical in our style of play.”
MAYO COACH DONNY HOLCOMB SAYS: “Our guys are excited. Obviously, they remember (how last year ended). This game, it doesn’t matter about the record. We want to prove ourselves, but we have to keep sound minds and execute. Century, year-in and year-out, they run a good offense and defense, rely on their quickness and running a lot of stunts and blitzes on defense. They have a really nice quarterback and group of receivers. We have to watch their speed and the big plays they can make on both sides of the ball at any time.”
CENTURY COACH JON VIK SAYS: “After watching Mayo’s first three games it is evident they are well coached with strong fundamentals. On the defensive side, they have an extremely aggressive front seven and play sound coverage behind it. They are the best defense Owatonna faced this year and proved capable against the No. 1-ranked Huskies. Offensively, coach (Donny) Holcomb has them maximizing their skill players. The passing game is very strong with both the vertical and screen games. (QB Cade) Sheehan is doing a great job avoiding pressure and finding the open receivers. ‘Speedy’ (Lozoya) is a real threat in the running game and his nickname belies the physical nature of his running ability.”
UP NEXT: Mayo returns home to play Faribault (0-3) at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. Century plays at Winona (3-0) at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.
— Jason Feldman and Guy N. Limbeck