ADRIAN (4-0) at RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON (0-4)
Class A No. 6-ranked Adrian enters tonight's game with a 22-5 overall record since 2011. During that same span, Russell-Tyler-Ruthon, which is 4-17 overall, has dropped 12 of its last 13 games since 2012.
The Dragons are led by Jordan Dingmann, who has rushed for 541 yards and eight touchdowns, and John Dillon, who has gained 255 yards on the ground. ... Logan Rogers is 14 of 20 for 221 passing yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. ... Cody Polzine has made seven receptions for 84 yards.
The Knights, who have struggled to move the football, have scored 13 points and 345 yards of total offense in 2013. ... RTR is led by Ty Thooft, who has run for 78 yards and thrown for 72 more. ... Brett Vercruysse adds 81 rushing yards, while Thooft and Colten Lawson have made three receptions apiece. ... Dain LaRock has also thrown for 74 yards.
CANBY (0-4) AT TRACY-MILROY-BALATON (3-1)
These teams appear to be heading in opposite directions. After going 6-4 in 2012, Canby has lost all four of its games this season. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, which went 4-5 a year ago, has won three of its first four contests in 2013.
The Lancers are led on the ground by Brett Hansen, who has 362 yards and two touchdowns. Brock Nothem (two), Josh Gallegos (two) and Michael Slaba (one) also have rushed for touchdowns. ... Gallegos has thrown for 262 yards and one touchdown. His favorite target has been Slaba, who has made 15 receptions for 155 yards and one touchdown. Kristian Leppke and Alex Ufkin have each made six receptions.
Brett Swenhaugen is the Panthers' top passer and top rusher. He has thrown for 462 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions and has run for 313 yards and one touchdown. Elijah Koenig adds 222 rushing yards and six touchdowns, while TMB's top receivers are Zach Seaton (16 receptions, 166 yards, two touchdowns) and Josh Kirk (14 receptions, 161 yards, two touchdowns).
DAWSON-BOYD (4-0) AT MINNEOTA/LINCOLN HI (4-0)
The winner of this game will likely be tied with Adrian for first place in the conference standings, if the Dragons were to defeat Russell-Tyler-Ruthton tonight.
The Blackjacks feature the top passer (Joey Lee, 850 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions) and the top rusher (Michael Anyasike, 666 yards, 11 touchdowns) in The Independent's coverage area. ... Dalton Palmer adds 373 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. ... Michael Lee (13 receptions, 347 yards, five touchdowns) and Noah Stelter (eight receptions, 226 yards, two touchdowns) and Palmer (five receptions, 145 yards, two touchdowns) are Dawson-Boyd's top receivers.
The Vikings have the area's second-leading passer (Austin Buysse, 744 yards, 16 touchdowns, two interceptions) and third-leading running back (Jeff Gladis, 444 yards, five touchdowns). ... Nathan Pavek (174 yards, four touchdowns) and Alec Engler (58 yards, three touchdowns) add more firepower in the Minneota/Lincoln HI backfield. ... Buysse distributes the ball primarily to Nick Esping (13 receptions, 296 yards, six touchdowns) and Jordan Beck (12 receptions, 138 yards, seven touchdowns).
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY (0-4) AT LAKEVIEW (1-3)
Lakeview is looking to win its second game of 2013 when it hosts winless Lac Qui Parle Valley tonight. The Lakers last won more than one game in a season in 2010, when they went 4-5.
Seth Goepferich has thrown for 381 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions to lead Lakeview. ... Cody St. Aubin is the Lakers' top rusher after gaining 138 yards on 37 carries. ... Goepferich has three targets in Christopher Berg (nine receptions, 112 yards), Anthony Bossuyt (six receptions, 141 yards, two touchdowns) and Jacob Neu (six receptions, 40 yards). ... Jaden Hoffman and Juan Garcia have also caught TD passes. ... Neu adds 70 rushing yards, while Garrett Wee has 87 yards and a rushing touchdown.
MURRAY COUNTY CENTRAL (2-2) AT MACCRAY (1-3)
Murray County Central is looking to go above the .500 mark at MACCRAY tonight. The Rebels have not had a winning season since 2009, when MCC went 7-4.
Seth Bass kickstarts the Rebels' offense by throwing for 326 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also compiled 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground. ... Mitch Reinsma (184 yards, three touchdowns) is MCC's top rusher, while Tyler Scotting (100 yards, one touchdown) also adds punch to the Rebels' ground game. ... Grant Rohrer (10 receptions, 98 yards) is the top receiver for MCC, which also employs 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.
WABASSO (4-0) AT RED ROCK?CENTRAL (0-4)
Class A No. 8-ranked Wabasso travels to Lamberton for a Southern Minnesota rivalry game against Red Rock Central tonight.
The Rabbits have a potent attack with Neil Eichten, who has 544 passing yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions, and Tanner Bock, who is second in The Independent's coverage area with 445 rushing yards and four touchdowns. ... T.J. Fulton is Wabasso's top wideout with 14 catches for 328 yards and five touchdowns.
Jordan Schroepfer is the best defender in the Independent's coverage area after compiling 52 tackles. He also leads the Falcons in rushing with 227 yards and two touchdowns. ... RRC has used two quarterbacks this season with freshman Taylor Bunting tossing one TD pass and picking up 122 yards, while junior Thomas Blomgren has thrown for 51 yards and one touchdown. ... Blomgren has also caught five passes, while Schroepfer and Sam Halter have each made four receptions and both have hauled in a touchdown.
MOUNTAIN LAKE AREA (4-0) AT WESTBROOK-WALNUT?GROVE (2-2)
Westbrook-Walnut Grove is looking to defeat Class 9-Man No. 4-ranked Mountain Lake Area tonight.
Chargers QB Tristan Joel has thrown for 488 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. ... Matt Otto tops WWG in rushing with 312 yards and two touchdowns, while Mitchell Jarmer adds 109 yards and three TDs on the ground. ... Shawn McCroskey leads The Independent's coverage area with 22 receptions for 376 yards with touchdown. ... Levi Bunting, who has 11 catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, enters the game with 28 tackles and tops the Independent's coverage area with 7.0 sacks.
PAYNESVILLE AREA (4-0) AT YELLOW MEDICINE EAST (0-4)
Winless Yellow Medicine East has to contend with Class 2A No. 7-ranked Paynesville in a West Central Conference home game.
The Sting are led by Blake Lidstrom, who has thrown for 347 yards on 25 completions. Austin Vikander, The Independent coverage area's fourth-leading rusher, has compiled 400 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries. C. Richter is YME's top receiver with seven receptions for 125 yards.