Four of the last five Section 8-2A championships have been won by either Crosby-Ironton or Perham.
Friday night, however, will be the first time in that span those teams will battle to decide who represents the section at state.
It has been six years since Buffalo went on its memorable state championship run.
Not since 1991 has Brainerd even sniffed a state tournament berth.
Both teams will take the next step in breaking those droughts at 6 p.m.
A repeat of last year's Section 8-4A No. 8 at No. 1 game was squashed quickly Wednesday.
The top-seeded Brainerd Warriors weren't about to upset one of their largest crowds in years as they eliminated No.
The game that never was will finally be.
Twice, the Staples-Motley Cardinals and Sauk Centre Mainstreeters were scheduled to meet during the regular season. Twice that game was called because of weather.
The Brainerd Warriors know seedings don't mean much.
Especially after last year's Section 8-4A tournament when Brainerd, the No. 8 seed, shocked top-seeded Buffalo 69-67 in two overtimes in the quarterfinals.
This season, the Warriors own the No.