The season opens for most high school football teams in Minnesota this Friday or Saturday. A few began last weekend. And several are forced to postpone or cancel games due to COVID results. For the teams hours away from opening their season, it has been a whirlwind of a few weeks. And there was no scrimmage to work through question marks.

One coach told be the opener will be the trial grounds for players trying to break into the starting lineup. Another coach indicated his staff has simplified some components of their offensive schemes for the opener as to avoid mistakes. Yet another coach was simply happy last week to have his players together for the first time in a long time due to distance learning that interrupted the opening weeks of school. And another coach was hopeful that a whole season can happen without any health-related shutdown.

Friday, October 9 (Games are at 7 pm unless noted differently.)
Rushford-Peterson at Blooming Prairie, on Kat Kountry 105
Austin at Winona
Cannon Falls at Triton
Cleveland at United South Central
Kenyon-Wanamingo at Goodhue
Lake City at Dover-Eyota
Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at Maple River
Mankato West at New Prague
Medford at Fillmore Central
Northfield at Faribault, on The Might 920 KDHL
St. Charles at Rochester Lourdes (at Century High School)
St. James Area at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva
Stewartville at Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Winona Cotter at Hayfield

Saturday, October 10 (Games are scheduled for 7 pm unless noted otherwise.)
Rochester Mayo at Owatonna, on AM 1390 KRFO
Albert Lea at Byron
Randolph at Faribault Bethlehem Academy (at Bruce Smith Field) 2 pm, on AM 920
Red Wing at Pine Island, 1 pm
Rochester Century at Rochester John Marshall
Worthington at Mankato East