The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights were originally supposed to go to Blooming Prairie this Friday to play the Class A top ranked Awesome Blossoms.  That was foiled by some COVID-19 issues in Blooming Prairie.

Within a couple hours of being notified that game was not going to happen they booked the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars to come to Kenyon and play this Friday,  Z-M was supposed to go to Lewiston-Altura but they had COVID-19 positives.

Now the Knights are on the road again (Willie Nelson) to tangle with the #7 Class 2A rated Paynesville Bulldogs.  Last week's ranking from the Associated Press.

Randy Hockinson is the defensive coordinator for Kenyon-Wanamingo and says he has prepared game plans for Blooming Prairie, Zumbrota-Mazeppa and now Paynesville.

Paynesville is probably about 2 1/2 hours from the Kenyon-Wanamingo area by bus.

Siri on my phone said it was 153 miles by car from Kenyon to Paynesville.

These are the COVID-19 times football coaches and athletic directors live in.  It just so happens Hockinson is also the Athletic Director at Kenyon-Wanamingo.

He said Paynesville has been very easy to work with after he was notified by Zumbrota-Mazeppa of their situation yesterday.

Hockinson was in scramble mode trying to find a game because he doesn't want to see the kids lose a game in this already shortened season.

Paynesville was supposed to play Holdingford this week.

Kickoff will be 7:00 p.m. Friday night.

A number of area schools have had games cancelled this week:

  • New Prague at Rochester Mayo
  • Albert Lea at Mankato East
  • New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva at Martin County West
  • Pine Island at Dover-Eyota