Owatonna Will Host Northfield in Section 1-5A Football Semifinals October 20
As a No. 1 seed, Owatonna had a first-round bye in the section tournament. That allowed Huskies' coach Jeff Williams to do some live scouting of their playoff opponent for Tuesday.
Northfield clobbered Rochester Century in the quarterfinal game 35-14. The Raiders play at Owatonna on Tuesday at 7PM with radio coverage on KRFO AM 1390, krforadio.com and on the free Radiopup app.
Williams spoke with KRFO radio for the coaches show feature.
The Huskies (7-1) have won seven straight since a season opening loss to top-ranked Mankato West. A 34-23 win over Northfield in week four was one of the closer games on the season for Owatonna. For the Raiders, that 11-point loss was the most lopsided defeat they have had. Northfield (4-5) has four losses by less than a touchdown. Their most impressive win might have been week eight 24-7 over Mayo. Owatonna beat Mayo 35-14 in week six.
The Owatonna-Northfield winner will face the Mayo-John Marshall winner for the section title on Saturday, October 24, at the higher seed.
Owatonna is led on the ground by senior Sam Hylle, who has more than 1,300 yards and 20 touchdowns. His yardage total is the sixth-highest in school history. Hylle is about 70 yards away from passing Brandon Hagen for No. 5 on the all-time list. The top overall single season record is Aaron Peterson's 2,047 during the state title season in 2013.
Senior quarterback Alex Emanuelson has thrown for just over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns. Five players have at least 10 catches. Dalton Kubista has caught five touchdown passes. Noah Budach and Alec Holcomb have each grabbed three.
Northfield's top rusher, Joshua Chlan, missed the game against Owatonna. According to stats on the Star Tribune website, he is averaging about 100 yards a game. Carver King was the main ball carrier against the Huskies, but only gained about 30 yards on a dozen carries.
Six-foot-nine quarterback Luke Harris is a multiple threat. He has thrown for about 100 yards a game, but also has the most receptions on the team and scrambles for a few yards as well.