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WIAA football playoffs loaded with good Level 1 matchups

12:20 PM, Oct. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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One of the longest nights of the year is definitely the Friday night following the final regular-season football game.

That's when the final playoff list is revealed along with the groupings, leaving many state football enthusiasts to wonder where their favorite team will be placed and whom their opponent will be.

Every season, there's some head-scratching decisions on playoff matchups put forth by the WIAA. This year was no different.

Here's a look at The Post-Crescent area's list of Level 1 playoff games. All games start at 7 p.m. Friday, except for Chilton, which will play Saturday at 1 p.m.

DIVISION 1

Stevens Point (5-4) at Appleton North (8-1): This has been a great matchup in years past between these two programs. North, the No. 2 seed, is the clear favorite, however. For now, the game is at Paul Engen Field, but given what happened last year to the Lightning - when it had to play its first two home games on the road - you never know what the WIAA has up its sleeve.

DIVISION 2

Menasha (7-2) at Green Bay Southwest (7-2): This is a fantastic matchup in a loaded D2 field. The Bluejays match up well with Southwest and their only only losses this season have come against a pair of undefeated teams in Kimberly and Oshkosh North. It'll be close, but I see the Bluejays moving on to Level 2.

Superior (7-2) at Hortonville (9-0): You won't find many undefeated No. 3 seeds, but that's what we have here with the Polar Bears. You can thank the goofball voters at the seed meeting from the northwest part of the state for that. I'm still scratching my head how certain coaches believe wins over barely-mediocre D1 schools means more than a victory over a D3 powerhouse, which Hortonville had over West De Pere a few weeks ago. No matter. The Polar Bears should win here if they play their game.

Wauwatosa West (5-4) at Kimberly (9-0): The second-seeded Papermakers are one of the state's best squads and should be able to hold off Wauwatosa West. Homestead is the top seed in this regional. Why the WIAA decided to put the state's two best teams in the same region when Waukesha West, a 7-2 team, is the top seed in the southeast regional, left lots of folks shaking their heads. Homestead coach Dave Keel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday that "the team that really got raked over the coals is Kimberly. They are very talented and should easily be a No. 1 seed in any bracket, except the one the WIAA decided to put them into."

WIAA Division 1 football playoff bracket

WIAA Division 2 football playoff bracket

WIAA Division 3 football playoff bracket

WIAA Division 4 football playoff bracket

WIAA Division 5 football playoff bracket

WIAA Division 6 football playoff bracket

WIAA Division 7 football playoff bracket

DIVISION 3

Antigo (3-5) at Waupaca (9-0): Few teams are playing as well as Waupaca and the Comets will have to keep up that level of play in a loaded D3 bracket.They should roll at Haberkorn Field against Antigo.

Seymour (7-2) at Medford (7-2): The fifth-seeded Thunder's two losses have been to Bay Conference rivals Hortonville and West De Pere. This will be a tough matchup, but Seymour is a little underrated coming into this game and should get the win.

Notre Dame (6-3) at Xavier (8-1): The third-seeded Hawks knew they would probably get a top team coming into Rocky Bleier Field this week and the Tritons definitely fit the bill. Xavier will need to be at its best to beat Notre Dame, which plays in a mostly Division 1 conference.

DIVISION 4

Winneconne (4-5) at River Valley (6-3): The sixth-seeded Wolves have a tough matchup against third-seeded River Valley, a team that has put up more than 40 points four times this season.

Chilton (5-4) at Roncalli (9-0): Chilton, the No. 8 seed, will have to start fast to have a chance against the high-flying Jets, the top seed.

Little Chute (6-3) at Peshtigo (8-1): The fifth-seeded Mustangs have the personnel to go a long way and they should be able beat the fourth-seeded Bulldogs. Look for Little Chute's defense to lead the way.

Campbellsport (6-3) at Wrightstown (7-2): Wrightstown has quietly put together a very solid season again and is the No. 3 seed. Expect the Tigers to grind out a win over the up-and-coming Cougars.

Denmark (4-5) at Freedom (6-3): Freedom, the No. 2 seed, reached the Division 4 semifinals last season as a No. 8 seed. The Irish are the favorites here and should advance.

DIVISION 5

Brillion (5-4) at Kewaunee (8-1): The Lions squeaked into the playoffs in the last minute. Their reward? A trip to Kewaunee to face a Storm team that beat them 41-14 on Oct. 11.

DIVISION 6

Wabeno/Laona (3-4) at Shiocton (9-0): The top-seeded Chiefs are my pick to reach the Division 6 title game and should roll here.

VARSITY ROUNDTABLE

Kaukauna boys' volleyball: The Fox Valley Association's top team joins us at Makers Sports Grill in Kimberly to talk about their season. Wednesday, 7 p.m., online at postcrescent.com

PLAYER PROFILE

Carley Ramich, Neenah girls' volleyball: The Rockets' senior middle blocker talks about her team's Fox Valley Association title and the upcoming WIAA playoffs. Thursday in print and online at postcrescent.com

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