With games today (Wednesday) and Thursday for area teams there will be a quick turnaround for the Minnesota high school area football rankings, which got a bit of a shuffle due to the Detroit Lakes loss to Perham.
1. Mahnomen (7-0)
Last week: 30-0 win over Lake Park-Audubon at home
Next up: Host Fertile-Beltrami (4-3), 7 p.m., today
The Mahnomen machine keeps pumping, as the Indians made it 21 straight wins. The second longest winning streak in the state is behind the best defense in the state. Mahnomen has given up, on average, 2.9 points a game after their fifth shutout of the season against LP-A. Lakeville North is in second with 5.3 points a game against.
2. Barnesville (7-0)
Last week: 55-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek at Wadena
Next up: West Central Area (2-5) at the Fargodome, 8 p.m., Thursday
3. Hawley (6-1)
Last week: 20-0 win over Pequot Lakes at Pequot Lakes
Next up: Staples-Motley (0-7) at Staples, 7 p.m., today
Nuggets are tied with Pelican Rapids and Breckenridge at 4-1 in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference Classic. There are no tiebreakers in the conference. Nuggets need a win to be co-champs with the winner of the season finale between Pelican Rapids and Breckenridge.
4. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (6-1)
Last week: 62-12 win over Bertha-Hewitt at Bertha
Next up: Host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (1-6) at Wheaton, 3:30 p.m., today
Paul Berger has emerged as another running threat in the backfield for W-H-N to go along with Carter Thiel.
5. Detroit Lakes (6-1)
Last week: 14-0 loss to Perham at Detroit Lakes
Next up: Pequot Lakes (3-4) at Pequot Lakes, 7 p.m., today
Detroit Lakes couldn’t get anything going against the mud and the Perham defense. The Yellowjackets held DL to 68 total yards rushing and 147 total yards, while running for 289 rushing yards.
6. Ada-Borup (6-1)
Last week: 58-12 win over Rothsay at Ada
Next up: Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (6-1), 7 p.m., today
Ada-Borup’s lone loss to Win-E-Mac doesn’t look as bad as it did originally. Win-E-Mac is 7-0 and at the top of the QRF rankings in Class 9-man. The Cougars have a tough test to close out the regular season on the road against W-A-O.
7. Verndale (6-1)
Last week: 44-6 win over Brandon-Evansville at Brandon
Next up: Ortonville (4-3) at Ortonville, 7 p.m., today
Next up: United North Central (3-4) at the Fargodome, 1:15 p.m., Thursday
Tied for third with Barnesville with an average of 6.3 points against a game, the OTC defense is destroying everyone. After a 37-14 loss to Barnesville in Week 1, OTC has given up seven points in six games, outscoring teams 273-7.
9. Breckenridge (5-2)
Last week: 41-0 win over Warroad at home
Next up: Pelican Rapids (5-2) at the Fargodome, 5:45 p.m., Thursday
Breckenridge has won three straight, but two come against teams that are a combined 2-12. The Cowboys are living off their 7-6 win over No. 3 Hawley at Hawley, but if they beat Pelican Rapids then there’s no denying them.
Thursday’s game with Pelican Rapids will decide the Heart O’ Lakes Conference Classic. If Hawley wins today, it will decide who is the co-champ and if Hawley loses, it will decide the champ.
10. Park Rapids (5-2)
Last week: 6-0 overtime win over East Grand Forks at East Grand Forks
Next up: Host Perham (5-2), 7 p.m., today
Park Rapids needed overtime to get by an East Grand Forks team that had not won a game. Can’t allow that against Perham, as the winner clinches a co-championship of the Heart O’ Lakes North. With a DL loss, the winner of Perham and Park Rapids are the conference champs.
Knocking on the door
Perham (5-2) – Would be impossible to keep Perham out of the top 10 after wins against Detroit Lakes and if the Yellowjackets were able to top Park Rapids for the HOL North championship tonight.
Pelican Rapids (5-2) – If Pelican Rapids beats Breckenridge then Ryan Bruggeman and company are in the top 10.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (5-2) – The Rebels should win in Week 8, but they will need some help from other teams to get back into the top 10.