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Class 6A Football Playoff Format Approved By MSHSL for Lakeville North, South

Teams will rotate section matchups in second round, then advance to state quarterfinals

The Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors passed a new playoff format on Tuesday that will be put in place for in 2012.

The Board of Directors unanimously approved a format that will allow teams from different sections to play one another before reaching the state tournament.

The Lakeville North and Lakeville South football teams will compete in section 3AAAAAA once the new class is implemented.

Class 6A will have four sections made up of eight teams making up its postseason, with teams being seeded 1 through 8 for its first round matchups.

After the first round is played, the winning four teams from each section will compete against the top four teams from a different section in the second round. Those matchups will be selected by a random draw. The higher seeds will play the lower seeds, and the higher seeds will be the home team.

Section-to-section pairings will rotate every two years, according to the MSHSL.org website.

After the first two rounds, the remaining eight teams will advance to the state quraterfinals. At that point, coaches will vote for the top four seeds and the remaining four teams will be placed by a random draw.

The Class 6A semifinals will take place at the Metrodome on the Thursday night of the semifinal weekend, a day before the Thursday-Friday setup for the traditional 9-man and Classes 1A-5A semifinals. The Class 6A championship will take place on Friday night of the Prep Bowl weekend.

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