Bemidji football team faces Mankato West for berth in state title game
For some state tournaments the Minnesota State High School League officials have the coaches rank the top four teams and draw their opponents out of a hat.
By doing that the officials hope to delay the matchup between the top two teams in the state until the championship game.
The practice is not followed with the football playoffs, however. If the ranking system was governing the football tournament Bemidji and Mankato West would not be playing Friday.
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