St. Michael-Albertville travels to Rogers Wednesday night in a battle of unbeaten teams. The Knights (7-0) are ranked No. 3 in Class 5A according to the QRF Ranking system, which seeds teams during the playoffs. The Royals, in turn, are ranked No. 6.
The difference? While Rogers' offense has been outstanding, the Royals have racked up points on lesser opponents.
Meanwhile, the Knights have put up outstanding defensive numbers, allowing about 8 points per game in their seven outings, and actually averaging less than a touchdown in six of those seven games.
"We've got a style of football this season that I think the crowd really likes," said head coach Jared Essler. "We can play some hard-nosed defense. And then we like to open up a bit on offense."
So which side will win out? Rogers hung more than 60 points on Buffalo. Then, they did it again last week against Monticello, a team that hasn't allowed that many in the Jason Telecky era.
And does it matter? The two teams are ranked atop Section 7-5A, meaning they wouldn't see each other again until the section championship game later this month.
Tune into St. Michael Patch tomorrow night to find out. We'll stream the live video right here on our site, courtesy of High School Cube. Audio will be available via BOB 106.7 and the Minnesota Sports Network, as well.