By Adam C. Warner
Postseason play really heats up this weekend across much of the nation as at least ten new states initiate their playoff brackets.
Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are just a few of the states kicking off.
Below is an exclusive look at the tournament schedule for numerous states and a breakdown of some of the favorites heading into action this weekend. Throughout the postseason, follow along with FootballPower as we bring you updated scores, schedules, ratings, rankings and preview information for every team and every state.
Colorado: In the Rocky Mountain State, first round action commences in Class A and 5A on both Friday and Saturday as teams begin their quest for a state championship. The title games will be held on Nov. 29 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver.
In Class A, Akron leads the bracket as the No. 1 seed and will enter the tournament on the heels of a 35-game winning streak. Other top teams to keep an eye on include Rye and Limon, two squads very capable of making a run. Highlighting Class 5A action, No. 1 Grandview enters as the favorite since winning the championship last year. As the top seed and highest-rated team in Colorado, the Wolves will once again be hard-pressed to fall early, despite a bracket filled with tough opponents in Rocky Mountain (2), Thunderridge (3) and Columbine (5).
Illinois: In the Land of Lincoln, the first round of postseason football will initiate on either Friday or Saturday. In Class 1A, Milledgeville and Concord have earned the top seeds, while in 2A it’s Momence and Auburn. In 3A action, Carthage and Greenville take the No. 1 spots as Aurora and Quincy do the same in 4A. 5A has Lombard and Metamora as the favorites, 6A with Lemont and Rock Island, 7A with Geneva and Glen Ellyn, and then 8A with Bartlett and Bolingbrook.
Championship weekend is scheduled for November 28 and 29, as Classes 1A-4A will have their title bouts on the 28th, and Classes 5A-8A will have theirs on the 29th at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
Michigan: In the Great Lake State, the race towards Ford Field will certainly be exciting to witness. First round action gets underway this weekend, while District Finals will take place Nov. 7-8. Regional quarters then commence Nov. 14-15 before the MHSAA Semifinals on Nov. 22, followed by the state finals Nov. 28-29 in Detroit.
In Division 1, Macomb Dakota and Dearborn Fordson enter as favorites while Muskegon and Lowell are marked targets in Div. 2. In Div. 3, East Grand Rapids and St. Joseph will be major contenders for a title, while Marine City and Holland Christian are heavyweights in Div. 4.
Rounding out the action, Muskegon Oakridge and Standish-Sterling are favorites in Div. 5, Saginaw Nouvel, Iron Mountain and Kalamazoo Christian for Div. 6, Traverse City St. Francis and Ubly for Div. 7, and then Cedarville and Mendon in Div. 8.
Nebraska: In the Cornhusker State, first round action heats up on the way to championship weekend Nov. 21-22 at Memorial Stadium at the Universty of Nebraska – Lincoln.
In Class A, Millard West comes in as the No. 1 seed, while nine-time champions Creighton Prep (No. 2 seed) faces Fremont. In Class B, Pius X – state champs in ’04 -- enters as the top seed while rivals Crete, Waverly and McCook make this bracket nearly a toss-up.
In Class C1 action, set to commence on Thursday, Bishop Neumann (No. 4 seed) and Norfolk Catholic (No. 3) will be expected favorites despite Chadron’s top billing. Neumann and Norfolk have both won two championships since ’01. And in Class C2, Stanton is the No. 1 seed. Expect No. 13 Wakefield to be a darkhorse having won the last two titles.
Ohio: In the Buckeye State, fans will witness some powerhouse teams go head-to-head as the Regional Quarterfinals get underway on Saturday in Division I. St. Ignatius and Hilliard Davidson enter as No. 1 seeds, but Strongsville, Colerain, Elder, Glenville and Pickerington Central all make this one of the strongest playoff brackets in the nation.
Playoff action in Div. II is slated to begin on Friday as Mayfield, Columbus St. Francis De Sales, Toledo Central Catholic, Cincinnati Anderson and Louisville make up a formidable group. Div. III is set to start on Saturday and will see Avon and Dover competing for a title.
In Div. IV, Coldwater and Steubenville head the list, while in Div. V, Ursuline and Cincinnati Hills Christian pose as heavyweights. Div. VI also offers a strong slate, with Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, St. Paul and Malvern as state title contenders.
The state championship games will be held on Nov. 28-29 at either Massillon Paul Brown Stadium or Canton Fawcett Stadium. Division’s VI, IV and II will all play on Friday the 28th, while Division’s III, V and I will compete on Saturday the 29th. Div. VI will be held at 11 AM in Massillon, Div. IV at 3PM in Canton and Div. II at 7 PM in Massillon. And finally, the Div. III championship will be at 11 AM in Canton, the Div. V title game at 3 PM in Massillon and the Div. I contest at 7 PM in Canton.
Wisconsin: First round action kicked off on Tuesday for the state with second round games to follow on Saturday. Level 3 games will be held the weekend of Nov. 7-8, Level 4 on Nov. 14-15 and then the state title matchups on the weekend of Nov. 20-21.
Other states in action: Vermont, Wyoming, Utah. Vermont’s state semifinals are a go this weekend, with the state championships to be played on either Nov. 7th or 8th. Quarterfinal play commences in Wyoming in each five classes this weekend, with the titles games to be scheduled for Nov. 15.
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