High School Football Week 2 Games to Watch: Cannon Falls, PEM Ready for Another Heartbeat FR24 News English
The last time the Cannon Falls and Plainview-Elgin-Millville football teams met, they delivered an instant classic.
It was the Division 1AAA championship game last fall, where two serious teams appeared to trade knockout blows in a frosty fourth quarter until the Bulldogs stuffed the Bombers on a fourth and a second on Cannon Falls’ own 26-yard line.
PEM capitalized on the short field with Connor McGuire scoring the touchdown with 31 seconds left. The Bulldogs held on for a 21-18 win, claiming the Bombers’ four-straight Division 1AAA title streak, before carrying that momentum to the Class AAA state championship game.
Now the two are hoping to deliver another crush, but this time in Week 2 of the regular season.
“We definitely know Cannon Falls had a team that could have won the state championship last year,” EMP coach Kevin Lamb said. “We are certainly taking into consideration the feelings they are likely to feel after knocking them out of the Sectional Championship playoffs. Our guys need to be aware that this is a huge challenge and there will be a playoff atmosphere for Game 2 this season. We look forward to playing them every year as they are a top program in our league and one of the most physical teams we will play with; competition helps us enormously to improve.
“There’s definitely a buzz around our locker room and training ground heading into the week.”
Cannon Falls, meanwhile, remains tied, downplaying Friday night’s contest. Maybe because it was the Bombers who beat PEM in the regular season 52-26.
“It’s a new year for both teams, we’ve each lost a good group of seniors and have new kids in a number of positions,” Bombers coach Dan Meyers said. “Our goal is to keep improving every week so that we can play our best football at the end of the season.”
The players may be different in some places, but ultimately it’s these two teams who again expect to play for a section title.
And it’s easy to see why.
Cannon Falls is once again loaded up on offense with a core of seniors in C/DT Isaac Fehling, OT/DT Will Regenscheid, QB/LB Colton Otto, RB/LB Kalahan Anderson, RB/DB Jon Banks and RB/LB Colton Black. They helped the Bombers amass 298 yards on 58 carries in a 38-33 win over Goodhue in Game 1 last week. Five different players scored a rushing TD and recorded at least 20 yards on the ground. That’s what makes the Bombers tough every season.
“Colton Otto is a dude“Said Lamb. “We’re definitely expecting him to carry the load for the Bombers this Friday, and we’re dreading that fucking Power-T offense where nobody really knows who’s got the ball. made some changes due to the staff but overall what we see on film is what they got so good at I wouldn’t be surprised if they had something new and special in mind for us, but I also bet that, like us, the most common adjustment to any scheme is to simply execute it better.
The Bulldogs limited the Bombers to 255 total yards the last time these two played. One of the main reasons is PEM’s ability to dash for the ball and not miss when getting there. It’s a trait the Bulldogs have seemed to perfect in recent years.
“What PEM has done well for many years is be great at tackling,” Meyers said. “They play good defense and can limit your great playing ability.”
Because of this defense, PEM is targeting another Section 1AAA title.
That group looked in midseason form in Game 1 last week as they held Lewiston-Altura to 129 total yards in a 28-8 Bulldogs win. The Cardinals’ only score came late in the game, with substitute players on the field.
The Bulldogs’ well-rounded offense pairs well with this defense. They ran for nearly 200 yards with Hunter Tentis leading with 98 yards on 18 carries.
First-year starting quarterback Kyler Lamb threw two touchdown passes to Kaiden Peters — someone who Meyers says is giving the Bulldogs an explosive element this season.
Add it all up and Friday’s game has the makings of another good one.
“We know PEM will be sharp,” Meyers said. “It should be a great game again.”
• Fillmore Central in Rushford-Peterson, 7 p.m., Friday: Bragging rights will be on the line early this season when two of Section 1A’s best go head-to-head. The Trojans won both encounters against RP last season, including 7-0 in the Section 1A title game. Expect another tough and physical game as both teams earned shutouts by identical scores of 14-0 in their opening games, with RP beating Medford and FC knocking out Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton in the second half. week 1.
• Byron to Faribault, 7:30 p.m., Friday: Byron is coming off an emotional victory as they beat Kasson-Mantorvile for the first time in 19 years with a 28-17 win. Now the Bears are hoping they can keep that momentum going against the Falcons. Junior running back Adam Glynn should help with that. He rushed for 165 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns, the longest of which was 64 yards on the Bears’ third play after the second-half scrimmage. The Falcons, meanwhile, had few problems in a 41-7 loss to Albert Lea and beat Byron 32-14 in Week 2 last year.
• Owatonna at Century, 7 p.m. Friday: Century may miss some players through injury and illness. … Owatonna has won 12 straight in the series. …Century started with a tough 23-21 defeat as New Prague took the victory with a basket with three seconds left. Owatonna suffered a 34-27 loss to a strong Mayo team. Century launched its passing offense as Harrison Esau threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Eli Thompson had seven catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. But coach Jon Vik said the Panthers needed to direct the ball better. “Owatonna’s defense kept Mayo down to minimal precipitation and created turnovers,” Vik said. “They had explosive plays in attack. We will have to direct the ball better and continue to focus on our passing game. Our defense played well but will have to play even better this week.
• Northfield at Mayo, 7 p.m.: The Spartans will be looking to start the run game against a Northfield side that looked good in a 35-7 win over Austin. … Mayo is coming off a thrilling victory over Section 1AAAAA rival Owatonna. Senior defensive lineman Ethan Kramer made a screen pass with 4 minutes left in regulation time and rumbled into the end zone for the game-winning points against rival Owatonna. Mayo scored a pair of touchdowns to overcome a seven-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter. Junior receiver Carter Holcomb was spectacular with 138 yards on eight receptions and a pair of touchdowns from new quarterback Rees Grimsrud.
• Saint Charles in Lourdes, 7 p.m., today: It has been more than a decade since these teams met; and it’s a clash of two teams who like to run the ball and traditionally do it very well. … St. Charles is on a high after a big 42-14 win over Lake City. … Lourdes learned a lot about himself after a 35-14 loss to reigning Class AA state champions Chatfield. … Saints RB Tytan Small is a converted offensive lineman. He played center last season. He also has breakaway ability, with three long touchdown runs last week (44, 65 and 37 yards). “They’re doing a great job with their system and have beaten a great Lake City program,” Lourdes coach Mike Kesler said of St. Charles. “They are very confident coming here. (Petit) had over 200 yards, tough kid. It should be one hell of a game of football. We have to do a good job in all three phases.
• John Marshall in Austin, 7 p.m., today: This game corresponds to two programs that have experienced difficulties in recent years. JM thinks he has reason to perform better this year, with excellent speed and a head coach – Kyle Riggott – with new ideas and lots of energy. The Rockets didn’t come away feeling good after their opener, a 23-0 loss to defending state champion Mankato West in a game that only lasted the first half due to lightning . JM played without dynamic quarterback Darius Jordan, who was nursing a sore shoulder. The speedy junior is expected to play against Austin. Austin lost 35-7 to Northfield in their opener last week. The Packers’ only score came on a 54-yard interception return. JM beat Austin 32-12 at the teams meeting last year.