MAC Football: Marion Local and Anna a Week 6 Battle of Unbeatens

Staff Writer

The upstart unbeaten Anna Rockets, ranked third in Division 5, will get their biggest test of the season on Friday when they play Division 6’s top-ranked Marion Local in a match-up of the last two remaining undefeated Midwest Athletic Conference teams.

The two teams have met 10 times since 2008 — the last time Anna defeated Marion Local. The Rockets beat the Flyers 16-6 in a defensive battle the final week of the regular season. The two teams then met the next week in the playoffs, a game Marion Local won 13-3.

Since that 2008 Rocket win, Marion Local has reeled off  nine straight wins against Anna, including a 41-0 shutout last season.

This isn’t the most explosive offensive Marion Local team. They’re averaging 27.6 points per game. The Flyers haven’t finished a season averaging fewer than 30 points per game since 2009. But Marion Local has played stellar defense, giving up just 7.8 points per game. Last week the Flyers gutted out a 28-18 win over Versailles, using a late Henry Keller 7-yard touchdown run to finally put away a feisty Tiger team.

Just as important to the MAC standings and playoff picture may be the game in St. Henry, as Minster is now hoping to snap a two-game losing streak after losses to Marion Local and an OT heartbreaker to Fort Recovery. St. Henry fell short against rival Coldwater again last Friday, this time 13-10.  The Redskins have the second best scoring offense (33 ppg) and the best scoring defense (5.6 ppg), so they’ll be a tough test for a Minster team running through the Who’s Who of MAC football over a tough mid-season stretch.

 

MAC

  • New Bremen at Delphos St. John
  • Anna at Marion Local
  • Coldwater at Parkway
  • Versailles at Ft. Recovery
  • Minster at St. Henry

CCC

  • Covington at Miami East
  • National Trail at Tri-County North
  • Twin Valley South at Fort Loramie
  • Bethel at Arcanum
  • Bradford at Tri-Village
  • Ansonia at Mississinawa Valley

WBL

  • Elida at St. Marys
  • Wapakoneta at Bath
  • Shawnee at Ottawa-Glandorf
  • Kenton at Van Wert
  • Defiance t Celina

GWOC American North

  • Sidney at Piqua
  • Troy at Tippecanoe
  • Greenville at Butler