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FAIRMONT — Four words were written on both the chalkboard in Fairmont head coach Mat Mahoney’s office and the pages of his exercise agenda pinned to his clipboard.

1. Stay focused. 2. Play fast.

“Most coaches will agree – Homecoming Week is a great tradition full of school activities, but sometimes we all get a little distracted.” said Mahoney. “As we get closer to kick-off on Friday night we need to focus on the task at hand and that means playing solid football.

“We also need to play the game much faster than last week.”

Fairmont (2-2) takes part in the homecoming game at Mahoney Field at 7 p.m. Friday night after suffering a 32-14 loss to then-No. 3A Class 3A. Waseca in 10th while New Ulm (1-3) makes the 50-mile drive down Highway 15 after picking up their first win of the fall – a 42-32 comeback decision over Luverne.

In fact, the Eagles trailed the Cardinals 26-14 in the early stages of the fourth quarter before earning the first win for first-year head coach Derek Lieser with 28 points down the line.

Ty Frederick, a junior running back, scored three touchdowns for New Ulm – 16, 15, and junior tight end Colton Benson with 1:24 remaining in regulation.

“One takeaway from seeing New Ulm on film is that we (the coaching staff) think they continue to improve week by week as the players continue to adjust to a new manager and system.” said Mahoney.

Lieser, who has been the Eagles’ fourth head soccer coach for the past five years, will look to end New Ulm’s current four-game losing streak at Fairmont. The Cardinals posted victories of 35-6 in 2021, 42-20 in 2020, 56-0 in 2018, and 42-7 in 2017, while the two members of the Big South Conference actually didn’t play their first four games this season in 2019, 2016, or 2015, New Ulm posted an 11-50 record from 2015-21.

“He (Lieser) looks like he’s using a lot of formations on offense and that keeps the opposition’s defense on their toes, so that’s a plus.” said Mahoney.

After Waseca converted all four second-half possessions into touchdowns to overcome Fairmont’s 7-6 halftime lead at Waseca last Friday night, linebacker Aden Welcome, lineman Hank Artz and the Cardinals’ defense will look to make the right adjustments this week around Frederick and slow down Jensen from the backfield.

“We fought hard in the first half, but we just ran out of gas in the second half.” said Mahoney. “Our foundation collapsed at the end of the game.

“Now we have to heed Brad Johnson’s statement from (defensive coordinator): ‘Do your job.’ We didn’t do it last Friday night and it caught up with us. I think our guys are ready to stick to our chores this week and take us back to the Victory Column to celebrate Homecoming.”

Fairmont travels to Worthington on Friday 7th October while New Ulm hosts Waseca on Thursday 6th October.

Still perfect

Quarterback Blaze Geiger threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead Fairmont to a 28-14 overtime win over Waseca during Monday night’s junior football action at Mahoney Field in Fairmont.

In a 14-point tie, Geiger hit a 10-yard run during the Cardinals’ possession in overtime before tossing a 2-point conversion pass to Nolan Schultze for a 22-14 lead.

Ian Hatfield then returned Waseca’s subsequent fumble for a TD to cap the rare two-point lead of the Extra Session win.

The Cardinals, who improved to 5-0 overall, travel to New Ulm for a game at 6 p.m. on Monday night.

Geiger scored during regulation with Harmon Schrunk and Schultze, Jace Teveldal intercepted while Hunter Johnson and Connor Gronewald each scored seven tackles to speed up Fairmont’s defense.

preparation rankings

Big South Conference members Jackson County Central, Pipestone Area, Marshall and Waseca all earned a spot in the top 10 in Minnesota’s Associated Press state football poll, while area teams — Blue Earth Area and undefeated Martin County West — did it on the list of “others receiving votes” .

JCC and Pipestone Area – both with 4-0 records – hold 5th and 6th place respectively in Class 2A; Waseca climbed one spot to the 9th rung of the Class 3A ladder; while Marshall settled at No. 6 in Class 4A this week.

MCW (4-0) earned eight points in the Class 1A leaderboard while BEA (3-1) scored five points in Class 2A.

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