FBall GHV vs. Forest City 1

Garner-Hayfield-Ventura junior Jace Pringnitz runs the ball for yardage against Forest City.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

Crestwood at GHV – The race for Class 2A, District 2’s two playoff spots is one that could go down to the wire. This is one of two games this week that will help make the picture a little clearer. The Cadets and Cardinals each come in at 3-1 in district play, and a win for either will keep its postseason hopes alive. Everybody is chasing Clear Lake, which is 4-0. Nick Joynt has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer this season with 17 total touchdowns. Chris Guest is the Cadets’ leading rusher with 473 yards and six touchdowns.

Osage at New Hampton – Here’s the other big game of the night in 2A, District 2 as each are 3-1 in district play as well. After two non-district losses, Osage has stepped up its level of play with three wins in its past four games. It’s only loss in that stretch is a 10-point defeat at district leader Clear Lake. New Hampton is coming off its first district loss, which was handed to it by Crestwood last week 13-7. With two teams who have played well on defense, this could be another low-scoring affair.

Ridge View at Bishop Garrigan – Fifth-ranked (A) Garrigan has yet to be really tested so far this season. With a revamped roster, the Golden Bears have rolled through their first six games to a 6-0 start. This week starts the stretch of two important weeks with the teams who are right under them in the standings. First up is Ridge View, then it’s Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn next week. Two wins and the Golden Bears are district champs.

Newman at St. Ansgar – The march to try and claim another district title for eight-ranked (A) St. Ansgar goes through Newman tonight, and the Saints will not be handed anything. With a Newman offense capable of producing points, the Saints’ defense will have to be on its game like it was in the second half last week vs. Grundy Center. Newman’s focus lies on trying to slow down the Saints’ run game, which has shredded teams all year. A win for St. Ansgar likely sets up a district title game at West Hancock next week. Newman needs a win and help just to stay alive.

Riceville at Janesville – No. 8 (8-man) Riceville has looked good every week since a season-opening loss vs. Tripoli, and has even shown some guts in a few tight wins to get it to a 5-1 record after six weeks. Now comes another challenge, and an important one, too, as it will meet up with the only other team in the district without a loss. A win and the Wildcats have a clear path toward a district title. A loss makes things a little murkier.

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