There are two interesting prep football games Friday in St. Cloud.
Both intrigue for different reasons.
St. Cloud Tech is host to Sartell at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium. The winner likely has the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in Section 8-5A.
Both teams attempt to rebound after losses. Tech (2-1 Central Lakes, 3-2 overall) fell 48-40 to Moorhead in a contest as wild as it sounds. Sartell (2-1, 4-1) fell 35-28 to Fergus Falls in another entertaining game.
The guess here is that should be a shootout, too.
St. Cloud Apollo (0-4, 0-5) also plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Sauk Rapids (1-3, 1-4).
The Eagles have played everyone tough but have yet to snare a victory. Sauk Rapids knows all about that. The Storm had endured their own share of heartbreak before upsetting Rocori 20-12 Saturday.
Here is a quick look at the rest of the week:
* Elk River vs. St. Cloud Tech girls tennis, 4:30 p.m. at South Courts.
This is the final regular-season tuneup for Tech (10-0 Central Lakes, 12-1 overall) before subsection play. And it’s quite the match. Elk River (11-3) has a strong program that, fortunately for the Tigers, is no longer in Section 8-2A.
* Sartell Invitational cross country meet, 4:30 p.m. at Sartell Middle School.
St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Christian, St. Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud Tech, St. John’s Prep, Elk River and Royalton all compete with the hosts.
* Albany at Melrose volleyball, 7:15 p.m.
This is a rivalry match between bordering school districts.
Both teams are having strong seasons. Albany (7-0 Granite Ridge, 13-5 overall) leads the Granite Ridge Conference and beat Melrose 3-1 in the teams’ first meeting. Melrose (9-7) is playing an independent schedule but likely be one of the top teams in the West Central Conference it will play in next season or among the top teams in the Granite Ridge.
* Fergus Falls at Sartell girls swimming, 6 p.m.
Fergus Falls (2-3 CLC, 2-3 overall) is a traditionally strong program. Sartell (5-0, 6-0), the defending state Class A champion, is closing in on another conference title, though Brainerd (4-1, 4-2), Alexandria (4-1, 5-2) and Willmar (4-1, 4-2) all are on the Sabres’ heels in the CLC.
* Becker at Glencoe-Silver Lake football, 7 p.m.
This is the third week in a row that Becker (5-0), ranked fifth in the state in Class 4A by The Associated Press, has a big game.
Like Becker, Glencoe-Silver Lake is a traditional power having a good season. The Panthers (4-1) are ranked eighth in the state in 4A.