It's rivalry week for many schools, but prep prognosticators David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen, tied with 9-3 records heading into the second half of this abbreviated season, can't find much to disagree on.
LAKEVILLE NORTH (1-1) AT LAKEVILLE SOUTH (3-0), 7 p.m.
Jim says: Lakeville North heads into Week 4 without having played an originally scheduled opponent. Typically strong on defense, the Panthers will need a muscular effort against Lakeville South, which averages 430 yards rushing per game. Lakeville South 33, Lakeville North 27
David says: A Lakeville South assistant coach razzed me for picking against the Cougars last week. I won't make that mistake again. However, now I'll hear it from Lakeville North coach Brian Vossen. It's all in fun. Lakeville South 28, Lakeville North 21
MAPLE GROVE (2-1) AT OSSEO (2-1), 7 p.m.
Jim says: Osseo already has won as many games as it did in the previous two seasons combined. Coming off a rousing, late-game victory over Totino-Grace, can the Orioles muster another inspired effort against their archrivals? Maple Grove 20, Osseo 13
David says: Soaring Orioles. Fallen leaves. The Maple Grove Crimson (the logo is a leaf) got humbled last week by Centennial. A rivalry game is just the thing to get the juices flowing. Maple Grove 21, Osseo 17
EAST RIDGE (2-0) AT WOODBURY (2-1), SATURDAY, NOON
Jim says: Missing three linemen and prone to mistakes, Woodbury still went toe-to-toe with Rosemount in a Monday night loss. With the bad taste lingering and a boost from playing their biggest rival, the Royals bounce back strong. Woodbury 24, East Ridge 12
David says: East Ridge blanking Lakeville North last week made quite the statement. And the Raptors will give Woodbury fits. But to Jim's point, a Royals team at full strength holds the edge. Woodbury 28, East Ridge 24