The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 12, 2013

Scarlets in unfamiliar position with Something to prove

Last season, Owatonna rolled in state quarterfinals


"We haven't beat them since 2007 so that was nice," NRHEG coach Dan Stork said. "It was fun. We definitely needed that."

The Bucs won just one game last season and dropped the season-opener 28-7 to Blooming Prairie.

"Last year was definitely tough, the worst year we've had in 10, 12 years," Stork said. "Then we lost to Blooming Prairie, which is a very good team, but to come out and beat your big rival in Week 2, it was very big."

Senior Dillon Parpart was moved from tight end to running back last week, and he responded with 169 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. The team rushed for 230 yards.

Stork credited three-year starters Noah Krell and Nic Goette for anchoring the offensive and defensive lines. Junior quarterback Trevor Tracy has played well in his first two games as a starter.

NRHEG plays at Medford (2-0) on Friday.

Games to watch

Faribault Bethlehem Academy (1-1) plays at St. Clair (2-0) on Friday. Both Gopher Valley A Conference teams advanced to the state tournament last season.

Springfield (2-0) plays at Wabasso (2-0) in a key Southern Minnesota Conference game.

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