Friday's game between New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva and LeSueur-Henderson could have been a preview of a first round Section 2AA playoff game. That rematch will likely happen in New Richland after the Panthers prevailed on the road 24-10. Both teams are 3-4 entering the final week of the season.

Panthers' coach John Schultz said the defense played well Friday, especially Tyler Jaconson who led the team with 13.5 tackles. Schultz, the defensive coordinator, says defense has been strong all season.

The Panthers held LeSueur-Henderson to 255 total yards. Season highlights include limiting Pipestone (6-1) to two touchdowns in a season-opening 14-7 loss and holding Norwood-Young America (4-3) to zero points in regulation of a game the Panthers won 14-12 in double overtime.

Another big part of Friday's win was quarterback Jake Stork having his best game passing, according to Schultz. Stork went 7-for-11 for 206 passing and a touchdown to Brady Agrimson. He had an astounding 29 yards per completion. Stork also connected on all three two-point conversion attempts.

NRHEG has a favorable match-up for Wednesday's regular season finale with Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial (1-6) in New Richland while LeSueuer-Henderson faces Maple River (6-1) on the road. Playoffs begin October 24.

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