Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-1, 3-1) at Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (4-0, 4-0)
Every week seems to present a new test for Morris/C-A and, so far, the Tigers have passed them all.
Last week, it was Benson, which, like the Tigers and BOLD, came into the season as top contenders in the West Central Conferences. The Tigers took care of business, downing the Braves 24-7 on the road.
Now, its A-C-GC. The Falcons weren't considered poised to challenge for a conference title after being shutout in the opener at BOLD. Since then, A-C-GC has won three straight by an average score of 30-9.
The Tigers' offense is led by running back Tom Holland (387 yards, 4 TDs) and quarterback Jacob Torgerson (383 passing yards, 4 scores).
A-C-GC's Jordan Nelson is among the area's top runners this season, with 356 yards and three touchdowns.
Since the Tigers don't play BOLD this season, they need to keep winning to keep pace with the Warriors. After playing 3-1 Lac qui Parle Valley on Friday, BOLD finishes the season against three teams which are currently a combined 3-9. Morris' last three opponents are a combined 4-8.
BOLD (4-0, 4-0) at Lac qui Parle Valley (3-1, 3-1)
LQPV holds the wild card in the West Central Conference race. BOLD and Morris/C-A lead the league with 4-0 records. A-C-GC and LQPV are tied at 3-1. But here's where the Eagles could throw the whole thing up in the air: Morris/C-A and BOLD won't play this year and BOLD already has defeated A-C-GC while A-C-GC plays at Morris tonight. A couple of upset wins by the Eagles and Falcons and the WCC is in a four-way tie.
The problem for the Eagles is that BOLD hasn't appeared very stoppable and the Warriors's defense has been almost impenetrable. BOLD is averaging 40 points per game and is allowing less than four points per game. Quarterback Tyler Rock has been superb, hitting 22 of 30 attempts for 443 yards, 10 TDs and just one pick. Running backs Chaz Roush and Tyler Seehusen have combined for 768 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
LQPV's Lucas Mortenson is second in the area with 451 rushing yards and he's run for five TDs.