The top-seeded Brainerd Warriors earned a first-round bye for the Section 8, Class 5A football playoffs, which open Tuesday.
In the opening round 7 p.m. Tuesday, No. 6 Bemidji will play at No. 3 St. Cloud Tech and No. 5 St. Cloud Apollo will play at No. 4 Moorhead
Semifinal games Oct. 30 will send the St. Cloud Apollo/Moorhead winner to Brainerd and the Bemidji/St. Cloud Tech winner to second-seeded Cambridge-Isanti. Times are to be announced.
The section championship is scheduled 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the high seed.
The section champion hosts the Section 7 champion Nov. 12 in the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament.
Brainerd 20, Sartell 17
Cambridge-Isanti 20, Spring Lake Park 19
Grand Rapids 40, St. Cloud Apollo 38 3OT
Moorhead 49, Bemidji 21
St. Cloud Tech 20, Sauk Rapids 12
Brainerd was ranked fourth in Class 5A and Sartell was ranked fourth in 4A.
The Warriors played without two starters. Tight end Carl Sneep was injured and halfback Geoff Roberts was ineligible.
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