FOOTBALL: Perennial powers get high seeds Brainerd lands No. 2, Pierz gets No. 1
The Brainerd Warriors will be at home Tuesday as they landed the No. 2 seed in the Section 8-5A playoffs.
The Warriors’ 5-3 record, a head-to-head victory over No. 3 seeded St. Cloud Tech and a Quality Results Formula (QRF) rating of 76.9 means Brainerd will host No. 7 Cambridge-Isanti 7 p.m. Tuesday at Don Adamson Field in Brainerd.
“We’ve always had good games with Cambridge, but we haven’t played them for a little bit,” said Warriors head coach Ron Stolski. “We got Cambridge because Buffalo beat them by 0.4 (QRF) points.
“The one thing about this tournament is that it’s not double elimination. You win — you move on. You lose — you go home.”
Cambridge enters the playoffs with a 1-7 record. The Bluejackets’ one victory was a 34-6 win over Becker Oct. 14. Cambridge lost to Zimmerman (12-7), Elk River (44-36), Buffalo (32-0), St. Cloud Tech (27-14), Monticello (20-17), St. Michael-Albertville (14-0) and on Wednesday to Rogers 20-0.
“We’re happy to have the home site,” Stolski said.
Should Brainerd beat Cambridge it would host the winner of St. Cloud Tech (6-2) and Buffalo (2-6) 2 p.m. Oct. 29. The Section championship will be 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Husky Field at St. Cloud State University.
Elk River, despite its loss Wednesday to St. Michael-Albertville, finished the regular season 6-2 and got the No. 1 seed. Moorhead (3-5) got the No. 4 seed and will host fifth-seeded Duluth East (3-5) in the other quarterfinal match.
The Little Falls Flyers (2-6) landed the No. 6 seed in the Section 8-4A playoffs and will travel to No. 3 Sartell Tuesday. Rocori (7-1) got the No. 1 seed in that section and earned a first-round bye. Fergus Falls (No. 2), Alexandria (No. 4), Sauk Rapids (No. 5) and St. Cloud Apollo (No. 7) round out that section.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots sputtered down the stretch and dropped to a No. 2 seed for the Section 8-3A playoffs. Pequot will host Crookston 7 p.m. Tuesday in the quarterfinal match.
The Patriots (5-3) were passed over by Perham for the No. 1 seed by 1.3 QRF points.
Perham will host Staples-Motley (0-8) for its quarterfinal game.
Thief River Falls earned the No. 3 seed followed by East Grand Forks, Park Rapids and Roseau.
A rematch from Wednesday’s regular season finale will take place in Section 7-2A. The only difference is the site as the No. 4 Crosby-Ironton Rangers will host the No. 5 Aitkin Gobblers 7 p.m. Tuesday in Crosby. C-I beat Aitkin 18-15 Wednesday.
Unbeaten Moose Lake/Willow-River is the No. 1 seed followed by Hinckley-Finlayson (No. 2), Two Harbors (No. 3), Eveleth-Gilbert (No. 6), Rush City (No. 7) and Duluth Marshall (No. 8).
Pierz landed the No. 1 seed in Section 6-2A and will host No. 8 Wadena-Deer Creek 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Pioneers finished the regular season 7-1. W-DC went 0-8 in their new Prairie North Conference.
Upsala/Swanville (No. 4), Holdingford (No. 5), Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (No. 6) and Sauk Centre (No. 7).
There will be a rematch in Section 6-1A as well. The No. 3 seeded Pillager Huskies will host the sixth-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Pillager is coming off a 42-8 loss to Lake Park-Audubon Thursday, while PR-B beat Lake of the Woods 56-6 Wednesday.
These two teams met Oct. 14 with Pillager grabbing a 16-10 win.
Mahnomen earned the No. 1 seed and Browerville is the No. 2 seed. Those two teams were ranked No. 2 and 3 in the Minnesota-Scores.net QRF ranking.
The Verndale Pirates will have to travel to No. 2 Wheaton for their Section 4-Nine man quarterfinals. The Pirates, who finished 3-5, landed at the No. 7 seed. Bertha-Hewitt is seeded No. 8 and will travel to top-seeded Eagle Valley.
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