UPDATED: Section 8A-8AAAA and Section 6, 9-man football playoff seeds and pairings

Tournaments continue Tuesday and Saturday amid forfeits.

Detroit Lakes running back Jake Green (19) sprints away from a host of Fergus Falls Otters in a 24-0 Laker victory Friday, Oct. 23 at Mollberg Field. Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes looked mired in the four spot of Section 8-4A after winning 14-12 at Pequot Lakes Wednesday night, but the Becker Bulldogs defeated Willmar 35-0 Thursday evening to drop the Cardinals into four and move DL into the third position after the QRF calculations were completed for playoff seeding Friday morning.

The two teams were separated by less than two QRF points in the final tally: DL having 51.6 to Willmar’s 50.2.

The QRF tiebreaker was needed with the scores so close. With no head-to-head meetings and playing in different districts, the third scenario is overall winning percentage. Willmar’s loss to Becker dropped the Cardinals to 4-2 overall; DL is 5-1.

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Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's Justin Wang and the Rebels have earned the top seed in Section 8AAA with road wins over rivals Perham and Pequot Lakes and a big win at Class 4A Detroit Lakes in an undefeated regular season. Robert Williams / Tribune


In 8AAA, undefeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is the top seed and gets a bye with a seven-team section after Thief River Falls ended their season due to COVID. The Rebels have a signature win at Class 4A Detroit Lakes and against Pequot and Perham, both on the road.

Barnesville (6-0) and Pelican Rapids (4-1) are the top two seeds in 8AA and get byes. Both teams reached the section final last year with the Trojans advancing to state.

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Frazee quarterback Broden Fleisher is forced out of bounds by Pelican Rapids defenders Alex Lynnes, Nick Haugrud (79) and Hunter Williams (83) during the regular season finale in Pelican. Robert Williams / Tribune

Frazee is seeded fourth and will host Warroad.

Mahnomen-Waubun is the favorite to get back on top of Section 8A with only four teams playing. The teams will get opening night off on Tuesday. The Thunderbirds host Ada-Borup and defending champions Polk County West plays Red Lake County at East Grand Forks high school Saturday, Nov. 21.

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The Mahnomen-Waubun Thunderbirds look to get back to the Section 8A championship game. A semifinals loss to Polk County West in 2019 created the first 8A final without either Mahnomen or the Thunderbirds co-op in the championship for the first time in 13 years. Robert Williams / Tribune


8AAAA Football Seeds:


2. Grand Rapids

3. Detroit Lakes

4. Willmar

5. Little Falls

Tuesday, Nov. 17 game - 7 p.m.:

Little Falls at Willmar


Saturday, Nov. 21 Semis - 5 p.m.:

Detroit Lakes at Grand Rapids

Little Falls/Willmar winner at ROCORI

Section final: Friday, Nov. 27, TBD at Alexandria Area High School

8AAA Football Seeds:

1. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton

2. Pequot Lakes


3. Perham

5. East Grand Forks

6. Park Rapids

Tuesday, Nov. 17 games

Park Rapids at Perham 6 p.m.

D-G-F gets a bye; 8. Thief River Falls out (COVID)

Pequot Lakes gets a bye; 7. Roseau out (undisclosed)

East Grand Forks gets a bye; 4. Fergus Falls out (COVID) announced Nov. 15


Saturday, Nov. 21 Semis

EGF at D-G-F, 2 p.m.

Park Rapids/Perham winner at Pequot, 2 p.m.

Section final: Saturday, Nov. 28, Fargodome, 5 p.m.

8AA Football Seeds:

1. Barnesville

2. Pelican Rapids


3. Hawley

4. Frazee

5. Warroad

Tuesday, Nov. 17 games

Warroad at Frazee, 6 p.m.

Barnesville, Pelican Rapids, Hawley - Byes

Saturday, Nov. 21 Semis

Frazee/Warroad winner at Barnesville, 2 p.m.

Hawley at Pelican Rapids 6 p.m.

Section final: Friday, Nov. 27, Fargodome, 8 p.m.

8A Football Seeds:

1. Mahnomen/Waubun (5-0)

2. Polk County West (2-1)

3. Red Lake County (2-1)

4. Ada-Borup (1-3)

Saturday, Nov. 21 Semis:

Ada-Borup @ Mahnomen, 2 p.m.

RLC vs PCW (at East Grand Forks) 2 p.m.

Section final: Saturday, Nov. 28, Fargodome, 8 p.m.

6A, 9-man Football Seeds:

1. Win-E-Mac

2. Fertile-Beltrami

3. Nevis

4. Blackduck

6. Park Christian

7. Clearbrook_Gonvick

8. Sebeka

Tues Nov. 17 games

C-G at F-B 6 p.m. at Fertile

Blackduck gets a bye; 5. NCE/UH out (undisclosed)

Nevis forfeited Tuesday's game vs Park Christian.

Sebeka forfeited Tuesday's game vs Win-E-Mac.

Semis and Section Final TBD

Blackduck vs. Win-E-Mac at Erskine

Park Christian vs. Clearbrook-Gonvick/Fertile-Beltrami winner, location, time TBD

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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