DULUTH EAST (5-1) AT GRAND RAPIDS (4-2)
What: Northeast Red District game
When: 7 p.m.
Outlook: The Greyhounds played old-school football to beat Hermantown 21-3 on a mud-caked field last week and remained tied with next week’s opponent, Cloquet, atop the district standings. Quarterback Caden Edwards (54 completions, 100 attempts, 815 yards, 14 TDs) connected twice for touchdowns with his twin brother, Jaxon (16 receptions, 257 yards, 5 TDs) in the win. East can run inside with Division II recruit Elijah Leonard (63 carries, 489 yards) or outside with Derek Daniels (33-453, 13.7 per-carry average). The defense has held four opponents during a five-game winning streak to single digits. East won last year’s meeting, 20-16. … The Thunderhawks’ four-game win streak came to an end in a 42-18 defeat to Cloquet last Friday. Grand Rapids has multiple offensive options, running Brock Holm (73-493) and Caden Hofstad (39-432, 11.1 ypc) or having QB Trent Johnson (638 yards total offense, 11 TDs) run or throw.
SUPERIOR (6-1) AT RIVER FALLS (5-2)
What: Big Rivers Conference game
When: 7 p.m.
Outlook: The 10th-ranked Spartans continued their excellent season by edging Menomonie 14-13 at home last week. Caden Stone led the team in rushing and tackles, along with scoring a touchdown. Jarrett Gronski, arguably, has been the team’s most valuable player this season by rushing for 515 yards and eight touchdowns while also throwing for 265 yards. Stone has been solid on the ground (68-366) and Brady Herbst (10-242) is the top receiver. Both teams are part of a three-way tie with Menomonie atop the conference standings. … The Wildcats downed Chippewa Falls 37-20 last week, paced by a 163-yard rushing performance by Michael Krueger. Seth Kohel (103-664) and Krueger (76-376) provide a solid 1-2 punch, while QB Peter Noreen (44-for-70, 602 yards, 7 TDs) ensures defenses can’t crowd the line of scrimmage. Payton Flood (17-292) is the main receiving threat. River Falls has won 40-16 and 32-30 in the past two meetings.
NORTHWESTERN (7-0) AT BLOOMER (6-1)
What: Heart O’North Conference game
When: 7 p.m.
Outlook: With both teams firmly entrenched in the Wisconsin postseason, this game is for the Heart O’ North Conference title. The Tigers, ranked fourth in Division 4, are averaging 44.3 points per game and rocked Cameron’s world in a 69-0 win a week ago. Quarterback Jake Brill gives the team the option of throwing the ball (33-for-53, 729 yards, 10 TDs) or running (38-353). Instead of one featured back a la Reagan Ruffi a year ago, the ground game relies on a bevy of backs such as Brennan Werner (59-456, 6 TDs), Colin Trautt (63-436, 8 TDs) and Bryson Mazur (39-392). Dayne Evanson (13-251, 5 TDs) is the top receiving target. Included in Northwestern’s 17-game regular-season win streak and 15-game conference win streak was a 35-12 victory over Bloomer in 2018. … The Blackhawks’ offense is in high gear, shredding Barron 48-7 last week and averaging 41.7 points per game. Bloomer is not afraid to toss the ball around the yard with QB Isaiah LaGesse (82-for-131, 1,455) tossing 14 TD passes. All-around threat Leif Iverson leads the team in rushing (88-633, 11 TDs) and receiving yards (431).
Radio: WNXR-FM 107.3
OGILVIE (6-0) AT CARLTON-WRENSHALL (6-0)
What: District 9 White game
When: 7 p.m.
Outlook: Who knew that by merging two average football programs, the Raptors would become a Nine-Man power? Both Carlton and Wrenshall had the distinction of losing to Ogilvie in 2018 but now stand on the verge of a district title. The Raptors have allowed a paltry 28 points this season, none in a storm-shortened 42-0 win over Onamia a week ago. Justin Swanson (42-452, 6 TDs) and Matt Santkuyl (28-334, 5 TDs) lead the offensive attack and Sawyer Thorman (team-high 54 tackles and five sacks) keys the defense. … The Lions slipped past Cromwell-Wright 16-8 last week in their closest matchup this season (every other win was by at least 18 points).
Radio: WKLK-FM 96.5