(Tabor) 8th ranked Fremont-Mills takes a 7-1 record into 8-Player quarterfinal action and a matchup with 3rd ranked St. Mary’s, Remsen awaits on Friday. The Hawks are a perfect 10-0.
These are two of the premier 8-Player programs with St. Mary’s in their 9th playoff appearance and Fremont-Mills in the postseason for an 11th time, they’ve made it every years since 2010. St. Mary’s has one state title and one state runner-up finish in the last fifteen years. The same goes for Fremont-Mills which hoisted the big trophy in 2011 and took reserve honors in Fremont-Mills has won it all in 2014.
It appears depth could be a factor in this game, especially with some key injuries on both sides. Both teams lost some star power last week and we’ll have to wait and see who can give it a go this Friday. For St. Mary’s it’s quarterback Blaine Harpenau. The junior leads the Hawks with 1,300 passing yards and 26 touchdowns plus he’s run for 833 yards and 21 scores. Hapenau was involved in just three pass plays and two rushing attempts in the team’s 66-28 win over East Mills in round one. For Fremont-Mills it was D-1 prospect Seth Malcom that saw just four carries in the 22-6 win against Coon Rapids-Bayard last Friday. Malcom has 1,578 rushing yards and 27 TD’s with an average of 13 yards per carry and leads the defense with 60.5 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
Christiansen informs KSOM/KS95.7 Sports on the latest in regards to Malcom, “He’s going to practice Wednesday for the first time and we’ll see how he does. Right now it’s kind of up in the air. We’re planning as if he can’t go. Obviously if he can we’ll be more than happy when that takes place. We’ll find out Wednesday and Thursday in practice what he can and can’t do and hopefully get that knee healed up.”
Coach Christiansen compares St. Mary’s to Audubon. “I think they’d be very similar to Audubon, obviously that was a one point game early in the season. I think they are very similar. They are athletic, they are big, and they are aggressive on defense…that is a potent combination.
Christiansen says his team will need to play a much cleaner game in regards to penalties and turnovers than they did last week. However, they were able to overcome those things and the loss of Malcom in a first round victory last week.