The Albany football squad will face a familiar foe when it faces former conference mate St. Cloud Cathedral Tuesday in St. Cloud.
The Huskies garnered the No. 6 seed following last Wednesday's 48-46 loss to New London-Spicer. That pits them against the No. 3 Crusaders.
The Huskies finished the regular season with a 5-3 mark. They were tied with Litchfield in QRF rankings (a new formula to determine section seedings based on strength of schedule, record, and other factors). But Litchfield, despite having a 4-4 season record, was awarded the No. 5 seed because it had a better record (1-0) against section teams than Albany (1-1).
The Crusaders have been relying on a stingy defense to win ball games. They have allowed just 12.4 points per game. Their offense is producing just 18.1 points per game.
The Huskies are averaging 36.1 points per game and allowing 22.6.
Albany has also suffered several key injuries throughout the season. Two of their top players — Tony Harlander and Scott Litchy — have been banged up all fall. Both appear to be close to healthy as playoffs open, which should bode well for the Huskies.
The rest of the section match ups looks like this:
No. 1 Zimmerman (7-1) vs. No. 8 Melrose (3-5)
No. 2 New London-Spicer (6-2) vs. No. 7 Annandale (3-5)
No. 3 St. Cloud Cathedral (6-2) vs. No. 6 Albany (5-3)
No. 4 Foley (6-2) vs. No. 5 Litchfield (4-4)
A win Tuesday night would pit the Huskies against the New London-Spicer/Annandale winner on Saturday at the high seed at 7 p.m.
The Section Finals will be Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.