Minnesota High School Football Playoffs Begin Tonight
The high school football playoffs begin tonight in the state of Minnesota and Winona High will be playing at home in the first round. The Winhawks play host to Big Nine Conference foe Albert Lea in the first round of the Section 1 4A playoffs. Winona High is 3-5 on the season and they have won two of their last three games.
Albert Lea went winless in the regular season and the Winhawks hammered them just last Wednesday 60-21. Winona High head coach John Cassellius has preached to the kids that they are going to see a different Albert Lea team in tonight’s game. Cassellius doesn’t have to go far to show proof that you can’t overlook an opponent in the playoffs. In 2009 Winona High blew out Austin 44-15 during the regular season but lost two weeks later to the Packers in the playoffs 16-13.
Winhawk running back Vincent Pham, this week’s Winona Radio athlete of the week, is coming off of a career best game last game against Albert Lea. Pham ran the ball 18 times for 192 yards and 6 touchdowns. Five of the six touchdowns came in the first half when the Winhawks built up a 33-0 halftime lead. Pham has now ran for 763 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Tonight’s Winona High game can be heard on KWNO 1230 AM and online at winonaradio.com starting at 6:40.
Cotter plays on the road in the Section 1AA playoffs. The Ramblers travel to second seed Triton, who beat Cotter 30-0 earlier this season. The Ramblers are 1-7 on the year and the Cobras are 7-1.
Also in Section 1AA, Lewiston-Altura plays host to Hayfield. The Cardinals have won five straight and are 5-3 while Hayfield is 4-4. St. Charles(2-6) will play at ninth ranked Chatfield(7-1).
In Section 1A Rushford-Peterson is the two seed and the Trojans will host Southland in the first round. Rushford-Peterson is 6-2 while Southland is 2-6. R-P beat Southland in the first game of the year 28-20. Tonight’s Rushford-Peterson game can be heard on KCountry 99.3 starting at about 6:45.
Wabasha-Kellogg(3-5) is playing at Bethlehem Academy(5-3) in Section 1A.
In nine-man football 3-5 Houston plays at 4-4 Mabel-Canton. Mabel-Canton beat Houston 26-20 earlier this season.