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Tigers need a win against run-happy Dragons

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO  — Delano is reeling for a win this week after suffering losses the past two weeks.

The Tigers hope to find that win Friday night at home against Litchfield.

A 13-8 loss at Annandale last Friday night evened Delano’s record at 3-3. That loss came on the heels of a 35-20 homecoming loss to Dassel-Cokato.

Litchfield is also 3-3. The Dragons are coming off a 53-14 slaying of Watertown-Mayer.

“You can throw the records out, these games are always battles,” said Litchfield coach Jim Jackson. “Coach Pav does a great job getting his kids ready to play.”

The win over Watertown-Mayer ended a losing streak at three games for Litchfield.

Delano and Litchfield are even against like-opponents. Both have defeated Holy Family and lost to both Dassel-Cokato and Annandale.

“Delano, traditionally, is a strong team.  They are coached extremely well and play tough, physical football,” said Jackson. “It should be a great night, playing on a turf field, with the improvement their district has made.”

In last week’s loss at Annandale, the wet weather conditions were not favorable for Delano’s passing game, which gained a season-low 102 yards on Max Otto’s 12-for-26 day passing. Otto was held without a passing touchdown for the first time all season.

For the season, Otto has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 1,312 yards.

Max Otto and Delano’s passing game was held in check by the Annandale defense last week. The Tigers need to get the passing game back on track Friday night, when it hosts Litchfield. Photo by Matt Kane

Max Otto and Delano’s passing game was held in check by the Annandale defense last week. The Tigers need to get the passing game back on track Friday night, when it hosts Litchfield.
Photo by Matt Kane

The weather is forecasted to be dry Friday night at Tiger Stadium, meaning there should be no problem with gripping the football for Otto and his receivers or footing on the synthetic turf for the running games of both teams.

Following in line with Holy Family’s Jacob Zay, Dassel-Cokato’s Paul Raisanen and Annandale’s Peyton Fobbe, Delano will once again face an athletic quarterback in Litchfield’s Brandt Pederson.

“Their QB has size and is an excellent runner,” Delano coach Merrill Pavlovich said of Pederson.

The Dragons’ senior leader likes to use his legs more than his arm. Pederson leads the team with 505 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 64 attempts. That’s a 7.9 yards-per-carry average.

Pederson has just 23 pass completions for the season in six games, for 288 yards. He has as many interceptions (3) as touchdown passes.

Pederson’s backup, sophomore Ben Asleben, has been much more efficient throwing the football.

For the season in four games under center, Asleben has completed 19-of-26 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. He has one interception.

Fourteen different receivers have caught passes from either Pederson or Asleben.

Alex Graunke has six receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dragons.

As for the ground game, when Pederson isn’t carrying the football himself, he is usually handing it off to Logan Nelson.

Nelson has 410 yards and four touchdown on 85 carries.

Nelson is coming of 159 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Watertown-Mayer.

“A lot like Annandale — excellent size up front and three experienced backs,” Pavlovich said of Litchfield’s ground game.

The third back is Isaac Rick, who has 92 yards on 28 carries in five games.

The Delano running game has produced only one 100-yard runner all season. That was senior Sam Kern, who went for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ Week 2 40-0 win over Little Falls.

The running game is feeling the effects of injuries to starting guard Carson vanSytzama and tight end Chris Glunz. Both went down with serious injuries in the win at Holy Family.

Delano did have defensive end Isaiah McManus back for the Annandale game. He, too, was injured in the Holy Family game.

Kern leads Delano’s ground game with 388 yards on 80 carries (4.8) for the season.

Kern and senior fullback Caden Link both have three touchdown runs.

Link has 184 yards on 36 carries (5.1). His top game was 89 yards and a touchdown in the 41-10 Week 3 win over Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Delano’s leading receiver,  Brett Unrein, has 20 catches for 310 yards and one touchdown.

Unrein was held without a catch last week at Annandale.

Coach Jackson knows the best way to defeat Delano is to limit its time with the football.

“For our standpoint, we just need to control the ball and eliminate mistakes,” Jackson said.

With just two weeks of the regular season remaining, it’s not too early to look at the playoff picture.

Delano currently sits third, according to its QRF rank (24) in Section 6-4A, behind Zimmerman (17) and Big Lake (18).

“The importance of the game is that it directly impacts section seeding. Winning the next two games still gives Delano a chance at home field for the semifinals and a first-round bye,” said Pavlovich. “The results of the other games this Friday will provide section seeding clarity.”

Foley (36), Becker (37) and Princeton (45) round out the bottom three.

At 4-2, Zimmerman is the only section team with a winning record.

Big Lake and Delano are both 3-3; Foley and Becker are both 2-4; and Princeton is 0-6.

Following this Friday night’s games, the turnaround to the next game is shorts. Thanks to MEA week, the Week 8 games are Wednesday, Oct. 17. Delano plays at Watertown-Mayer.

FOOTBALL: Dalano hoping to bounce back at Annandale

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO  — Delano will look to the road to try and recuperate from a tough homecoming loss to Dassel-Cokato last week. The Tigers head to Annandale Friday night to play a Cardinals team that is riding a three-game winning streak.

Annandale enters the game against Delano off a 42-18 win at Watertown-Mayer. The Cardinals are 4-1.

Dassel-Cokato’s running game, led by Blake Johnson’s 174 yards and three touchdowns, shocked the Tigers 35-21 last week.

The Tigers are 3-2 overall.

Annandale’s only loss is to that same Dassel-Cokato team, 29-26, in a Week 2 thriller.

Johnson ran for three touchdowns in that game, but the Cardinals kept him in check, allowing him to rush for 25 yards on just 10 carries.

Dassel-Cokato is the only like-opponent for Delano and Annandale.

Annandale limited the Chargers’ offense to 249 yards — 123 on the ground and 126 through the air.

Dassel-Cokato gained 460 yards — 201 on the ground and 259 through the air — against Delano last week.

Delano would like to get the ground game going Friday night against Annandale. Sam Kern leads the Tigers with 351 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Here, Kern follows the lead block of Justin McNeilly during a game earlier this season. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano would like to get the ground game going Friday night against Annandale. Sam Kern leads the Tigers with 351 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Here, Kern follows the lead block of Justin McNeilly during a game earlier this season.
Photo by Matt Kane

As for what Delano can expect from Annandale’s offense Friday night, a duel-threat quarterback.

According to Football Hub, senior Peyton Fobbe has thrown for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns, and has run for 179 yards and two scores.

To say the Cardinals spread the ball around is an understatement. Twelve Cardinals have run the ball, and 10 have caught passes.

Fobbe easily leads the team with just 51 rushes through five games. His 179 yards is one less than the team lead of 180 gained by Riley Niedzielski in just 18 carries.

Niedzielski has two touchdowns.

Jordan Picka’s 27 carries ranks second on the team. He has 111 yards.

Fobbe’s two main targets in the passing game have been senior Cam Howard and junior Paul Meyer.

Howard has caught 22 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Meyer has 21 catches for a team-leading 343 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior Alan Luna has 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and senior Boyd Rassatt has nine catches for 139 yards and one score.

On defense, the Cardinals do have some ball hawks. Collectively, Annandale has intercepted 10 passes.

Cornerback Andrew Bowman and Picka, a linebacker, both have three interceptions. Linebacker Nick Moe has two, and cornerbacks Jack Magrum and Mitchell Sullivan have one each.

These defenders will be busy against the Delano offense, which isn’t afraid to throw the football.

Playing from behind all game, junior quarterback Max Otto chucked the football 39 times last week against Dassel-Cokato. He completed 18 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.

It was the first 300-yard passing game of Otto’s career. It was his third-consecutive game with three touchdown passes.

Otto has thrown two-or-more touchdowns in all five games. He threw for four scores in the Week 2 win over Little Falls. Otto threw two touchdown passes in the Week 1 loss at Zimmerman.

For the season, Otto has 1,210 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air. He has been intercepted three times, and has a passer rating of 123.9.

Reno Bredahl and Brett Unrein have been Otto’s favorite targets.

Unrein has 20 catches for 310 yards. His 16-yard touchdown catch in the loss to Dassel-Cokato was his first touchdown of the season.

Unrein had 113 receiving yards against the Chargers.

Bredahl has 18 catches for 396 yards and six touchdowns.

Tight end Trey Longstreet has 15 catches for 210 yards and four touchdowns, and halfback Sam Kern has 13 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown.

Kern is Delano’s leading ground-gainer. He has run for 351 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries (5.2 yards per carry).

Fullback Caden Link has three rushing touchdowns.

Link is the leader of the Tiger defense. The senior linebacker has 42 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.

Annandale is coached by Matt Walter.

Delano, of course, is coached by Merrill Pavlovich.

Delano tennis hosts Anoka today in section quarterfinals

Matt Kane
Sports Editor
The Delano tennis team hosts Anoka in the quarterfinals of the Section 5AA team tournament today at the Delano courts. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m.

Delano's Lydia Ramstad and Emma Condon shake hands with their opponents after a doubles win at the WCCE Championships last week. The two hope to do the same today, when the Tigers host Anoka in the Section 5AA team quarterfinals. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano’s Lydia Ramstad and Emma Condon shake hands with their opponents after a doubles win at the WCCE Championships last week. The two hope to do the same today, when the Tigers host Anoka in the Section 5AA team quarterfinals.
Photo by Matt Kane

The host Tigers are the No. 5 seed. The Tornados are the No. 12 seed.

Anoka won a pigtail match 4-3 over Park Center Tuesday to move into the match against Delano.

In the other pigtail meet on Delano’s half of the bracket Tuesday, No. 9 Coon Rapids defeated No. 16 Minneapolis Edison 7-0.

Coon Rapids plays at No. 8 Rogers Wednesday.

The winner of the Delano/Anoka meet plays at No. 4 Buffalo Thursday afternoon. The winner of the Rogers/Coon Rapids meet plays at No. 1 Robbinsdale Armstrong Thursday.

In the pigtail meets on the other half of the bracket, No. 11 Monticello defeated No. 14 Robbinsdale Cooper 7-0, and No. 10 Osseo defeated No. 15 Minneapolis Patrick Henry 7-0.

Monticello plays at No. 6 Champlin Park, and Osseo plays at No. 7. St. Michael-Albertville.

No. 2 Wayzata is waiting to play the winner of the Osseo/St. Michael-Albertville, and No. 3 Maple Grove is waiting to play the winner of the Champlin Park/Monticello.

 

Subdistrict leaders meet when Tigers host Chargers on homecoming

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO  — Teams have hit the midway point of the regular season, and the powers around the state are starting to rise to the top of the standings.

In the East Central South Subdistrict, the top two teams are Dassel-Cokato, which remains undefeated in the subdistrict (3-0) and overall (4-0), and Delano, which enters Week 5 with a 3-1 record overall and a 2-0 mark in the subdistrict.

These two teams meet Friday night at Tiger Stadium in what is Delano’s homecoming game.

Both offenses have been well-balanced over the course of the first four weeks.

Brett Unrein has been one of Delano's playmakers so far this season. He and the Tigers will need to make some plays Friday night when they host Dassel-Cokato, which sits on top of the standings. Photo by Matt Kane

Brett Unrein has been one of Delano’s playmakers so far this season. He and the Tigers will need to make some plays Friday night when they host Dassel-Cokato, which sits on top of the standings.
Photo by Matt Kane

Dassel-Cokato averages 159.5 yards rushing and 232.8 yards passing. Delano averages 152.2 yards rushing and 209.5 yards passing per game.

Paul Raisanen is the Chargers’ third-year starting quarterback, and he is a good one under center. Raisanen has completed 62 percent of his passes this season, and has throw for 632 yards and five touchdowns.

Raisanen doesn’t discriminate when it comes to finding a target, as he has thrown the football to six different targets.

Senior Caleb Keith leads Dassel-Cokato with 17 receptions, 333 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior Sanders Asplin has 15 catches but has not found the end zone yet.

The leading back for the Chargers is senior Blake Johnson, who is eyeing a 1,000-yard campaign.

Johnson has 563 yards and 13 touchdowns through four games. He averages 8.7 yards per carry.

Raisanen can also run with the football. He has 97 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

“The quarterback is an excellent passer and has been very effective as a runner,” said Delano coach Merrill Pavlovich. “The running back may be the best back Delano will face on our schedule.”

Delano junior quarterback Max Otto has completed 54 percent of his passes, and has thrown for 838 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Like Raisanen, Otto moves the ball around, with six receivers having caught a pass.

Reno Bredahl has emerged as Delano’s playmaker. The senior has 15 catches for 344 yards and five touchdowns. He averages 22.9 yards per catch.

Junior receiver Brett Unrein and sophomore tight end Trey Longstreet both have 13 catches over the first four games.

Unrein has 197 yards, and is looking for his first touchdown.

Longstreet has 167 yards and four touchdowns. He is a favorite target of Otto’s in the red zone.

Delano’s leading ground-gainer is senior Sam Kern, who has 314 yards and three touchdowns on 59 carries.

Kern is also involved in the passing game, having caught eight balls for 91 yards and one touchdown.

A statistic that sticks out when it comes to Dassel-Cokato’s defense is 28 tackles for a loss.

Junior defensive lineman Josh DeBoer has three quarterback sacks for the Chargers.

Delano, as a team hasn’t gotten to the quarterback much — four sacks for the season — but the Tigers are hawking the ball at the other end of those passes and limiting big plays.

Longstreet has two interceptions, and Caden Link and Adam Brown have one each.

“Delano is a very good team,” said Dassel-Cokato coach Ryan Weinandt. “They are well-balanced on offense, being able to run and throw efficiently.  Defensively they look to be very athletic and physical.

“They have a lot of weapons and playmakers.”

One thing Delano will have to overcome is the injuries to three starters who played both sides of the ball. Lineman Carson vanSytzama, and ends Isaiah McManus and Chris Glunz all exited the Holy Family game with serious injuries.

“With the loss of three experienced starters, our depth is being challenged,” said Pavlovich.

Homecoming week always puts worry into the mind of Pavlovich, as his players are pulled in many directions to participate in the various events that go on during the five days.

“We have addressed the need to remain focused,” said the coach. “Practices thus far have gone well, and we are hopeful that the game versus Holy Family is a subtle reminder of the importance of being prepared.”

Considering the records both teams are carrying into Friday night’s game and precedent from past games, this week’s meeting between the Tigers and Chargers should be a good one.

A season ago at Dassel-Cokato, the visiting Tigers used a late touchdown to claim a 41-36 win. Delano won 14-7 in 2016.

Delano to deal with Holy Family’s experience

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO  — On Delano’s schedule for Week 3 of the season is a road game Friday night at Holy Family.

Both teams enter with a 2-1 record.

Holy Family came back to defeat New London-Spicer 32-23 in Week 1. The Fire then fell 14-7 to Litchfield, and recovered last week with a 48-0 win over Watertown-Mayer.

“In the first three weeks, I have seen a lot of guys stepping up and making plays when we need them. It’s not just one or two players we rely on all the time,” said first-year Fire coach Tim Triplett. “The belief our players have in each-other is also very solid.”

Delano has been much-improved in its last two games, topping Little Falls (40-0) and Glencoe-Silver Lake (41-10).

Delano’s passing game has been good through three games, and a number of different receivers have been involved. Here, fullback Chris Glunz picks up some yards after the catch last week against Glencoe-Silver Lake. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano’s passing game has been good through three games, and a number of different receivers have been involved. Here, fullback Chris Glunz picks up some yards after the catch last week against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Photo by Matt Kane

The Tigers’ offense has been balanced over its first three games. Its rushed for nine touchdowns and thrown for nine touchdowns.

On the ground, Delano has rushed for 513 yards. Senior Sam Kern has seen the most carries. He’s toted the ball 45 times for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

Led by junior quarterback Max Otto, the Tigers’ passing attack has been lethal, so far. In three games, Otto has thrown for 624 yards and the nine touchdowns.

The passing game is benefitting from great protection up front and from having a plethora of receivers who can catch the ball and run.

Three receivers have 10-or-more receptions in three games.

Sophomore tight end Trey Longstreet has caught 11 passes for 148 yards and four touchdowns. Senior receiver Reno Bredahl has caught 10 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns. And Brett Unrein has caught 10 passes for 158 yards.

Kern and Christopher Glunz are also targets out of the backfield.

Bredahl has been a big-play receiver so far this season. Two of his touchdown catches went for more than 50 yards. Bredahl caught a 53-yard touchdown in the win at Little Falls, and hauled in an Otto pass for a 58-yard touchdown in the win over Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Bredahl had 120 yards and two touchdowns receiving against Glencoe-Silver Lake.

The threat Delano presents by air and land has opposing coaches on alert.

“Delano looks tough and systematic. They are very good at executing what they do. They are well coached- and the size they have has to be amongst the top in our league,” said Triplett. “We need to execute our game plan and take care of the football.  We also need to reduce big-play opportunities for Delano.”

As for what Delano’s has to look forward to whenit comes to the Fire, a good team, according to Tiger coach Merrill Pavlovich.

“Experience at nearly every position,” he said. “One of the teams I picked to win the district.”

The Fire are athletic and have a veteran leading the team on the field.

“Excellent team speed and size, and they are led by a seasoned quarterback,” Pavlovich said. “Experience on both sides of the ball, with a very strong senior class.”

Jacob Zay is that quarterback under center for Holy Family for his third season.

Zay likes to run with the football. A season ago, he ran for a team best 803 yards and two touchdowns in nine games. He threw for 653 yards and three touchdowns.

Delano controlled Zay a season ago in a 26-7 win over the Fire. Zay ran for 74 yards and threw for 64 yards and one interception.

Behind Zay, Nick Hendler is in his second season as Holy Family’s top back. Hendler is a tremendous athlete. He ran for three second-half touchdown’s last week in Holy Family’s 32-23 comeback win over New London-Spicer on opening night.

Last season, Delano held Hendler to 31 yards rushing, and forced him to fumble.

Zay and Hendler will work behind the push of four-year offensive lineman Jackson Rushmeyer, who has D-1 talent, just like his older brother, Alex, who is a freshman walk-on at the University of Minnesota.

“Experienced group. Lack depth. Need to do a better job of moving the chains consistently,” said Chaska Herald Sports Editor Eric Kraushar.

Triplett is just the second coach in Fire history, but he has vast experience, having worked as an assistant at the University of St. Thomas and at the Division-I and Division-II levels.

“They have a new coach and seem to have adjusted to their new offensive scheme,” said Pavlovich. “They defeated a very good New London-Spicer team in their first game.”

While Triplett is in his first season at Holy Family, Pavlovich is in his 43rd season at Delano. Pavlovich recorded his 300th win last week in the victory over Glencoe-Silver Lake.

It’s Glencoe week; Pav looking for monumental win

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO  — Delano excelled on both sides of the football last week in a 40-0 romping of Little Falls, but the Tiger players, coaches and fans all know there is no time to dwell on the success of last week when longtime rival Glencoe-Silver Lake on its way to Tiger Stadium Friday night.

Delano is 1-1 entering the game. Before dominating Little Falls, the Tigers suffered a 37-19 loss at Zimmerman in Week 1.

Glencoe-Silver Lake make the visit to Delano with a 2-0 record. The Panthers opened the season with a 27-20 home win over Foley, and returned home last week to dominate a thin Watertown-Mayer team 54-7.

How either team did in its previous week’s doesn’t seem to matter when the Tigers and Panthers butt heads.

“It doesn’t make any difference what their record is and what our record is, they are Glencoe,” said Delano coach Merrill Pavlovich.

Based on precedent, both teams expect an intense battle.

“We know they are a good team,” said Glancoe-Silver Lake coach Scott Tschimperle. “Since we joined Wright County, it’s been a great rivalry. It’s been 25 years of great football, with both teams maintaining the tradition of smashmouth, but, also, evolving with shotgun and other changes.”

Fans from the two football-loving communities involved in the game will certainly be paying attention, but, so, too will the history buffs, as Pavlovich is sitting with a career record of 299-141 entering Friday’s game.

Delano football coach Merrill Pavlovich enjoys a laugh during a preseason practice. Pavlovich is one win away from being the sixth high school footbal coach in Minnesota history to win 300 games. He and the Tigers will go for that big win Friday night, when they host Glencoe-Silver Lake. Photo by Matt Kane

Delano football coach Merrill Pavlovich enjoys a laugh during a preseason practice. Pavlovich is one win away from being the sixth high school footbal coach in Minnesota history to win 300 games. He and the Tigers will go for that big win Friday night, when they host Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Photo by Matt Kane

A win would make Pavlovich the sixth coach in Minnesota history to reach 300 for his career.

Tschimperle doesn’t want to be the victim of win No. 300, but it wouldn’t ruin his night.

“It’s a win either way. If we happen to keep him at 299, we’d be happy, but 300 would be quite an accomplishment,” said Tschimperle, who, in his 11th season,  has 93 wins (93-25) as the Panthers’ head coach. “That’s outstanding and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Tschimperle is 5-2 all-time against Pavlovich. Delano won 21-9 a season ago in Glencoe.

It’s all about respect.

“Pav is a tremendous coach. We have nothing but the utmost respect for him. He’s always been someone who would listen to any concerns we had, and he was always there to help our football team if we needed it,” said Tschimperle. “He’s been there forever and nothing has changed — the kids love him and the community respects him.”

As for his own team’s play entering the big game, the win over Foley showed Tschimperle that his young team has some work to do.

“We played fairly well, but we didn’t finish well. We turned the ball over and they went down and scored late. For opening night, we did a lot of things well.”

The Panthers are still working out some kinks, according to Tschimperle.

“We are still trying to find ourselves,” he said. “We lost a lot of seniors (16) from last year’s team. We have a lot of kids who didn’t play a lot of snaps last year. Just trying to get experience with every game we play, and, hopefully, at the end of the season, we have improved a lot for playoffs.”

With it being a game with such a rich history, Tschimperle wishes the meeting with Delano came later in the season.

“We both are in the same boat, still trying to find themselves,” he said. “We always find out more about ourselves when we play Delano.”

Film study has told Pavlovich that Glencoe-Silver Lake’s defense is tough.

“They return a strong nucleus on defense and have very athletic linebackers and secondary players,” he said. “GSL is a lot like Zimmerman — power football and very aggresive on defense.”

Running the ball; that is what, both, Glencoe-Silver Lake and Delano have done well for decades. Fans should expect to see both team hand the ball off Friday night.

“We both try to establish the running game as much as we can and evolve from that as the game moves on,” said Tschimperle.

This season, the Panthers rushed for 269 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries (5.8 yards per carry) against Foley, and for 486 yards and six touchdowns against Watertown-Mayer.

“Well disciplined, and their size in the offensive line and running backs is a concern,” said Pavlovich.

Delano ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Little Falls. In the loss to Zimmerman in Week 1, the Tigers were limited to 84 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

The major contrast between the two offenses so far is that the Tigers have gone to the air regularly, whereas the Panthers have thrown the ball just six times in two games.

Tiger quarterback Max Otto threw for 185 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Little Falls. Otto threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Zimmerman.

Four different receivers — Chris Glunz, Reno Bredahl, Trey Longstreet and Sam Kern — were at the receiving end of those Otto touchdown passes in the Little Falls game. Longstreet caught both touchdown passes against Zimmerman.

Glencoe-Silver Lake attempted only four passes against Foley and two against Watertown-Mayer. Senior quarterback Korey Johnson completed all four attempts for 39 yards on opening night. Johnson did not complete either pass a week ago.

Johnson is a double threat under center. He led the Panthers with 105 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the win over Foley. Against Watertown-Mayer, Johnson’s carries were limited to six, for 34 yards.

“Their QB is an excellent athlete and a strong runner,” said Pavlovich of Johnson.

Tschimperle agrees.

“We moved him to quarterback last year, and he’s the real deal,” he said of Johnson. “He’s the captain of the team, and he makes our offense play well. A little moxie to him that we want from our quarterback.”

Also carrying the ball for Glencoe-Silver Lake were Riley Ruzicka and Will Higgins.

Higgins enters the Delano game off two touchdowns and 112 yards on seven carries against Watertown-Mayer. He ran for 65 yards on 14 carries against Foley.

Ruzicka went for 75 yards on 14 carries against Foley, and for 91 yard and one touchdown on eight carries against Watertown-Mayer.

In its lopsided win over Little Falls a week ago, Delano’s starting offense dominated the game in less than three full quarters. For the game, which was played with a running clock the entire fourth quarter, the Tigers gained 418 yards.

Sam Kern’s 123 yards led the Tigers’ ground game. As the starting fullback and the second quarterback, Robbie Knight scooted for 61 yards on seven carries.

Kern ran for 93 yards at Zimmerman.