NEW ULM - All three New Ulm teams will be on the visitors' side of the field this week.
New Ulm Cathedral treks to Sleepy Eye to take on the Indians while Minnesota Valley Lutheran heads southwest to take on Martin County West in Sherburn, Minn. Both are Southern Minnesota Conference games.
New Ulm High School heads to the Twin Cities for its first-ever meeting in football at Robbinsdale Cooper in a nonconference meeting.
All are 7 p.m. kickoffs.
NEW ULM CATHEDERAL (1-1, 1-1 SMC) AT SLEEPY EYE PUBLIC (0-2, 0-2 SMC), in Sleepy Eye
"They sure look like the Sleepy Eye team that we have prepared for in the past," said New Ulm Cathedral coach Denny Lux. "They run a double-slot offense and add a little bit of "I"-offense.
"On defense it looks like they are going to run a 4-4 or a 5-3 front and change things up. So even though it is early in the year we have gone back in our files for the last three years and also preparing for things that they may be adding now."
Lux said that the Indians are going to be patient in order to mix things up.
"They will be patient to a point where they will throw the deep ball jost to make sure that our secondary stays back," Lux said. "They have a lot of experience on their coaching staff."
Right now, Lux feels that his team is still trying to find its identity.
"What we are going to try and find out in the next couple of games - especially in the red zone and the defenses get compressed on us - is do we stay with the running game, do we work in the play-action pass," Lux said. "In the past we have been run-oriented all the way down the field. We just have to decide here in a couple of games on how we are going to attack mainly the red zone."
Quarterback Collin Helget is Cathedral's second-year quarterback with, as Lux described them, "good, tall receivers."
Having only four seniors on the team is something that the Greyhounds are not used to.
"We are used to having so many seniors year to year but we got ready for this year," said Lux. "We felt that last year our B-sqaud coaches did a great job with the team getitng this year's sophomores ready.
"Our first two games we have played probably six sophomores at different times and two or three are starting. The sophomore group is filling in for the seniors."
NEW ULM (0-3) AT ROBBINSDALE COOPER (1-1), in New Hope, Minn.
The Eagles from the South Central Conference meet the Hawks of the North Suburban Conference in a game that will be played on turf.
"I saw their first game of the year [a 24-13 win against Marshall] and they are a good football team," said Eagles' coach Tony Ortmann.
Ortman said the Hawks want to establish their running game.
"They are very big up front and fast," he said. "They run what most college teams run with a zone offense. They have some good athletes at wide receiver so they can also throw the ball. They are a 60-40 team [60 percent run and 40 percent pass] that will try and get their running game going to open up their pass."
Ortmann said that his biggest concern is Cooper's speed.
"We need to limit where they take the football - we want to try and bounce the ball wide and use angles to get to them," Ortmann said. "We do not want them to get a hole right up the middle and find a crease. We want their ball carriers to go east to west."
Ortmann also knows that a top priority of his team is to take care of its own business.
"We have made some mistakes the last few weeks so we need to continue to focus about us," Ortmann said. "We want to make sure that the kids are executing the plays that we are doing. We stress the turnovers in practice but up front we need to get our guys off of the ball quickly and be assignment sound."
MINNESOTA VALLEY LUTHERAN (0-2, 0-2 SMC) AT MARTIN COUNTY WEST (2-0, 2-0 SMC), in Sherburn, Minn.
This is the first-ever meeting between the Chargers and the Mavericks as members of the Southern Minnesota Conference.
But these two were familiar foes in the past when they were both in the Gopher Valley Conference.
"We know the style of play that they are going to bring and the big effort that they will give," said MVL coach Jim Buboltz. "They are playing very well right now and have a lot of confidence."
The Mavericks have outscored their opponents 81-20 in their two games this season.
"They have a nice offensive line and that is led by their quarterback Jake Faber who is a fantastic athlete and runs the read option very well," Buboltz said. "When you can do that and you have a big offensive line you can do a lot."
Buboltz added that the Mavericks have a great mix of speed, size and talent.
"It is going to be a challenge, there is no doubt about that," Buboltz said.
In his team's first two games, Buboltz said that his team has played six consecutive quarters without a turnover and with minimal penalties.
"But then we played the third quarter against Wabasso - that is not who we are and the kids are chomping at the bit to get back on the field," Buboltz said. "We are a better football team than that."