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PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW: A weekend of rematches

HILLS -- Both Hills-Beaver Creek head coach Rex Metzger and Edgerton/Ellsworth coach Andrew Fleischman knew there was a chance their teams could meet again.

Today, that becomes a reality.

For the second time this season, the Patriots (8-1) will travel to face the Dutchmen (9-0). But this time, it's win or go home.

"It's a big game," Fleischman said. "We're excited, we just want to go out and compete and play. If we play well and we play hard, the scoreboard will take care of itself. Our boys are very aware of what a good team they are. We know that putting pressure on ourselves and playing tight isn't going to help us any. We need to be focused, but we need to have fun and enjoy it and play up to the moment."

H-BC enters the game with a well-balanced offense. Quarterback Jordan Larson has completed 77 of 154 passes for 1,063 yards and 19 touchdowns. Running back Dalton Bass has 1,277 yards and 22 touchdowns so far this year.

"We try to stay balanced as much as possible," Metzger said. "My philosophy is always take what the defense will give you. In the last game, I thought they were giving us the pass and the conditions didn't allow for that all the time. But if we get a nice day and if we have to throw the ball 30 times, we will and if we have to run the ball, we will. As an offense, I think we're able to do both well."

Meanwhile, E/E has 4,377 yards of total offense. Quarterback Isaac Heard is 77-for-111 passing for 1,488 yards and 21 touchdowns. Casey Schilling has 33 receptions for 769 yards.

Running backs Derek Voge (63 attempts for 601 yards), Blake Jouwstra (40 for 477) and Devin Hulstein (36 for 455) share the rushing duties for E/E.

Meanwhile, in Section 3AA, another rematch is taking place.

Southwest Conference rivals Luverne (6-3) and Jackson County Central (7-2) are playing today.

In the first meeting between the two teams on Sept. 16, JCC came away with a 35-0 victory.

But in what has become a postseason tradition, the two will face off today in Jackson.

Fourth-seeded Fulda (3-6) is at top-seeded Clinton-Graceville-Bearsdsley (8-0) in a Section 3 9-man game.

In Section 3A, fifth-seeded Springfield (5-4) is at top-seeded Adrian (8-1). Meanwhile, second-seeded Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin (7-2) hosts third-seeded Wabasso (6-3).