Marshall crushed Fairmont by 22 points to open the season. Fairmont handed Waseca its only loss, 20-14, a few weeks later. Based on the transitive property, a couple of algorithms and the phase of the moon, No. 8-4A Marshall appears a lock to beat South Central Red Subdistrict rival Waseca.
Not so fast.
It should be noted that Waseca (5-1, 3-0) has scored 42 or more points in all five of its victories, and last week the Blue Jays had a trio of 100-yard rushers (Tave Ball, Denver Daniel and quarterback Ryan Dufault) in their 47-18 rout of St. Peter.
It might take impressive outings from all three runners, or more, to chip away at a Marshall (6-0, 3-0) defense that features Yahya Black, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound senior defensive end who has committed to play at Iowa.