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September 18, 2013

Southern Plains will be newest conference

South Central, Southwest to become Southern Plains

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"Everybody has to deal with injuries," East coach Eric Davis said. "It's up to the coaches to put players in the best position to succeed."

If Seiler can't play, junior Cooper Wolfe would start at quarterback. Davis said that he's not sure how the Cougars will replace Brink at three positions.

Looking for 4-0

Maple River has won its first three games and is looking for a fourth win Friday at United South Central. It's been a good start for a young team, especially on offense.

"We knew we were going to have to put some kids out there that weren't quite ready," Maple River coach Brian Schoneck said. "We've been really pleased with their progression."

Seniors Aaron Trio and Casey Decker have been the offensive leaders. Trio has rushed for 284 yards and five touchdowns, while Decker has rushed for 70 yards and has 12 receptions for 165 yards. Juniro quarterback Jay Sohre has gotten better each week. He's completed 18 of 42 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns.

Things get tougher for the Eagles in the second half of the season. Next week, Maple River plays at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (1-2) before home games with New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (2-1) and Blooming Prairie (3-0). The regular season ends with a game at Medford (2-1).

"We knew we had to play good football early because the schedule gets real tough at the end," Schoneck said. "USC is a big rival, and they've played some good teams. I expect a real battle."

Games to watch

Coming off a loss, West (2-1) travels to Rochester John Marshall (3-0), which has victories over Winona, Albert Lea and Austin by a combined score of 105-40.

Cleveland, which lost its first game last week, plays at undefeated Nicollet, which could nearly secure a share of the Southern Confederacy championship with a victory.

Waterville-Elysian-Morristown has struggled through three games, winning just once, and a game at Blooming Prairie on Friday won't be easy.

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