Football: Mankato at John Marshall preview
7 p.m. Friday, John Drews Field
Records: John Marshall is 0-1 in the Big Southeast, Red Sub-District; 0-2 overall. Mankato West is 1-0 in the Big Southeast, Blue Sub-District; 2-0 overall.
Last week: John Marshall lost 40-14 to Northfield. The Raiders built a 23-0 halftime lead. West leveled Mankato East 48-20. It was the 13th consecutive time West has beaten East.
Last meeting: The teams also met in Week 3 last year, with Mankato West winning easily 41-0. West held JM to 68 yards rushing and 97 yards passing.
Mankato West notes: The Scarlets have outscored their first two opponents (Century, Mankato East) by a combined 72-20. That includes shutting out Century 24-0. West is ranked No. 5 in state Class AAAAA (Owatonna is ranked first). The Scarlets scored 28 points in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter against East, which came in 1-0. West finished with 462 yards of offense and quarterback Jack Foster was 9-for-16 for 189 yards. Melik Davis rushed 14 times for 176 yards. Against Century, West passed for 219 yards and ran for 106.
John Marshall notes: The Rockets had a disappointing game against Northfield, which figures to have another strong season. JM trailed 23-0 at halftime. Northfield had a 100-yard rusher against JM and also threw for 151 yards. The Rockets’ top offensive player was fullback Braden Black, with 103 yards rushing. Another bright spot came from sophomore Trevale Moe, with 68 yards rushing and 35 receiving. Abdul-Hakeem Mustapha (ankle) and Mike Drucker (concussion) will not play Friday. Jacob Johnson (concussion) is questionable as is Kpeweh Smith (ankle).
JM coach Kevin Kirkeby says: “West has a phenomenal defense. They are fun to watch on tape. We’ll have to find some kinds in their armor; they are a really good team. I’m excited to see how our defense does against their offense. We are just trying to get better week by week.”
Up next: JM plays at No. 1-ranked Owatonna on Sept. 21.
— Pat Ruff