Football: Elks, Royals, Thunder all seeded first in sectionals

Each of the District 728 football teams, Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman, has earned No. 1 seeds in their respective sectionals.

Zimmerman (7-1) will be the only one of them playing in the first round, Tuesday, hosting Melrose, as their Section 6AAA has eight teams.

Elk River (6-2), in a six-team Section 8AAAAA, and Rogers (7-1), in a seven-team Section 5AAAA, will have a first-round bye, then will play at home Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29.

The Elks are one of two 6-2 teams in their section, the other being St. Cloud Tech, but Brainerd (5-3) is No. 2. The Elks will host Duluth East or Moorhead.

Rogers, going for its third straight section title, is one of two 7-1 teams, the other being No. 2 Delano. The Royals will host Big Lake or Monticello in the semifinals.

Zimmerman’s section appears to be the most wide-open. Their No. 8 seed opponent Melrose has three wins. There are three 6-2 teams, and four from schools who’ve won state championships (Albany, Foley, St. Cloud Cathedral and New London-Spicer).

 

SECTION 8AAAAA

Quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 25

No. 1 Elk River (6-2), bye

No. 5 Duluth East (3-5) at No. 4 Moorhead (3-5), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Cambridge-Isanti (1-7) at No. 2 Brainerd (5-3), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Buffalo (2-6) at No. 3 St. Cloud Tech (6-2), 7 p.m.

Semifinals Saturday, Oct. 29

Duluth East or Moorhead at Elk River, 2 p.m.

Cambridge-Isanti or Brainerd vs. Buffalo vs. SC Tech at high seed, 2 p.m.

Championship Saturday, Nov. 5

Semifinal winners at St. Cloud State, 1 p.m.

 

SECTION 5AAAA

Quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 25

No. 1 Rogers (7-1), bye

No. 5 Big Lake (3-5) at No. 4 Monticello (3-5), 7 p.m.

No. 2 Delano (7-1), bye

No. 6 Princeton (0-8) at No. 3 Becker (5-3), 7 p.m.

Semifinals Saturday, Oct. 29

Monticello or Big Lake at Rogers, 2:30 p.m.

Becker or Princeton at Delano, 2:30 p.m.

Championship Saturday, Nov. 5

Semifinal winners at St. Cloud State, 4 p.m.

 

SECTION 6AAA

Quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 25

No. 8 Melrose (3-5) at No. 1 Zimmerman (7-1), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Litchfield (4-4) at No. 4 Foley (6-2), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Annandale (3-5) at No. 2 New London-Spicer (6-2), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Albany (5-3) at No. 3 St. Cloud Cathedral (6-2), 7 p.m.

Semifinals Saturday, Oct. 29

Melrose or Zimmerman vs. Litchfield or Foley at high seed, 7 p.m.

Annandale or NLS vs. Albany or Cathedral at high seed, 7 p.m.

Championship Friday, Nov. 4

Semifinal winners at St. Cloud State, 8 p.m.

 

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