High school sports writers David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen make their picks for three games on Friday.
STILLWATER (1-0) AT WOODBURY (1-0), 7 p.m.
David says: Stillwater QB Casey Venske connected with six receivers while completing 11 passes for 143 yards and two TDs last week. The Ponies ran effectively, too. Good balance. But not enough this week. Woodbury 35, Stillwater 14.
Jim says: Stillwater has a 34-8 edge in this rivalry but Woodbury has won the last four meetings. Both won big in their openers, but the Royals’ experience and QB Donald West, with a breakout performance last week, are the difference. Woodbury 26, Stillwater 19
ORONO (1-0) AT COOPER (1-0), 7 p.m.
David says: Orono scored 31 points last week after putting up a combined 35 points in the first four weeks last fall. Already loaded with returning starters, the Spartans now possess some confidence. Cooper offers a great test. Orono 28, Cooper 21
Jim says: Defeating Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the opener was a big statement for Orono. Do they have enough speed to match up with the explosive Hawks? Expect an offensive show. Fewest mistakes wins. Cooper 34, Orono 30
SHAKOPEE (0-1) AT EDEN PRAIRIE, (1-0), 7 p.m.
David says: Shakopee is so darn close to emerging as the metro area’s next big thing. The Sabers lost by three points last week; going back to last season, that’s six of seven losses by a touchdown or less. Can they win The Big One this week? Eden Prairie 30, Shakopee 21
Jim says: I just don’t see Shakopee being able to keep up with an Eden Prairie team that showed few weaknesses in Week 1. To David’s point, the Sabers could emerge from this weekend as the best 0-2 team in Class 6A. Eden Prairie 28, Shakopee 16
All games at 7 pm, unless noted
• New Prague at Northfield
• Cretin-Derham Hall at White Bear Lake
• Stillwater at Woodbury
• Shakopee at Eden Prairie
• Cambridge-Isanti at St. Francis, 6 pm
• Becker at Delano
• Sibley East at Tri-City United
• Coon Rapids at Forest Lake
• Irondale at Spring Lake Park
• Hill-Murray at Mahtomedi
• North St. Paul at Tartan
• South St. Paul at Simley
• Henry Sibley at St. Thomas Academy
• Park of Cottage Grove at Hastings
• Benilde-St. Margaret’s at DeLaSalle
• Orono at Cooper
• Waconia at St. Louis Park
• Providence Academy at Minneapolis North, 6 pm
• Academy Force at Minneapolis South, 3:30 pm
• St. Agnes at Breck
• Bloomington Kennedy at Richfield
• St. Croix Lutheran at Mpls. Southwest
• Armstrong at Chaska
• Howard Lake-W-W at Atwater-C-GC
• Lester Prairie/HT at Cleveland
• LeSueur-Henderson at Belle Plaine
• Minnetonka at Mounds View
• Red Wing at Plainview-Elgin-Millville
• Rockford at Minnewaska Area