Section 6A Football Playoff Match-ups
The path to the Fargodome and the Section 6A playoffs is stacked up to run through #2-A Mahnomen (QRF-2), the undefeated top seed. The Indians have walloped their opponents to the tune of a 45-3 average point differential. The West Central Area Knights (2-6) (QRF-51) have the unenviable task of traveling to Mahnomen Tuesday, Oct. 25. Mahnomen should prevail easily.
NY Mills (1-7) (QRF-50), the #7 seed travels to Browerville (7-1) (QRF-3). Browerville's only loss came at the hands of #2-AA Barnesville (8-0) in week one, 25-15. The victory was the closest game Barnesville had all season. Barnesville averaged defeating their opponents 50-5 this season. NY Mills lone win came in a 20-0 Homecoming victory over #8-seed West Central Area. Browerville defeated NY Mills 36-0 in week 7 in New York Mills. Recent history dictates a Browerville win. Browerville has won five in a row in this series, the last three have been shutouts. The last time the Eagles beat Browerville was Nov. 2, 2006 at Fargodome in the playoffs 20-16, thanks to three touchdown runs by Jason Burg.
#6 Pine River-Backus (5-3) (QRF-34) visits #3 Pillager (6-2) (QRF-8). Pillager has received votes in the latest AP poll placing them just out of the top 10. The two teams met in week seven in Pillager. Pillager won a close contest 16-10. Pillager is 3-1 at home this season. Pine River-Backus is 2-2 on the road. This game is a toss-up given the close game two weeks ago.
#4 Lake Park-Audubon (6-2) (QRF-10) hosts #5 Ottertail Central (5-3) (QRF-31). LPA is also receiving votes in the latest AP poll. The recently resurgent program of the Raiders will take on the history of the Bulldogs and their senior quarterback Marty Charest. Ottertail Central reached the state semifinals last season before being defeated by Caledonia at the Metrodome. LPA put up big numbers Thursday at Fargodome in the final regular season victory over #3-seed Pillager 42-8. Ottertail Central has won three of its last four, including a surprise 9-7 loss versus West Central Area in Barrett. LPA has won five of its last six. This should be the most evenly matched game of the first round if the Bulldogs show up ready to play. A primed LPA team has the ability to make it a cakewalk.