Fairmont and Jordan finished third and fourth, respectively, in the South Central Red subdistrict last year before cruising through their section playoffs to reach the Class 3A state tournament. Then the familiar league foes met in the state quarterfinals.
While the Cardinals won the regular-season meeting 41-26, it was the Hubmen who advanced to the state semifinals with a 20-13 victory. The two meet again Friday.
Jordan's (1-0, 1-0) offense features an aggressive passing attack that, during the 2017 campaign, averaged 267.2 passing yards per game -- and just 50.8 rushing yards per game. It appears the Hubmen will be sticking with that game plan again this season. Junior quarterback Bryce Sievers stepped into the starting position and threw for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Worthington last Friday.
Fairmont (1-0) also seems to prefer airing out the ball, throwing for 224.6 yards and rushing for 127.5 yards per game in 2017. With senior quarterback Garrett Myren and senior wide receiver Dustin Schultz returning, the Cardinals have good reason to maintain the passing attack. Myren threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns while Schultz hauled in four passes for 157 yards and a score in a 41-12 win over Blue Earth Area in their season opener on Aug. 30.