The Kelliher-Northome football team dominated in the regular season to escape unbeaten.

And once again, the Mustangs are one of the top seeds in their MSHSL 9-man section tournament playoffs, which begin Friday.

Just about the only thing different for the Mustangs this season is their location. Kelliher-Northome (8-0) has moved from Section 7 to Section 8 this season, where they will look to make a return trip to the 9-man state tournament for the second straight season.

The Mustangs will face off against Goodridge/Grygla at 7 p.m. Friday in Kelliher for a first-round quarterfinal matchup.

But the Mustangs aren’t the only area team with high seedings and high expectations this season.

Clearbrook-Gonvick is the No. 2 seed in the 9-man Section 8 playoffs. The Bears (6-2) haven’t lost since Sept. 3 at Waubun and get a rematch with No. 7-seeded Northern Freeze (2-6) in Friday's game. The Bears beat the Freeze 42-20 on Sept. 25.

The 9-man semifinals will be Saturday at the higher seeded teams while the finals will be Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Fargodome in Fargo.

The other area team to earn a home game, Bagley, is the No. 3 seed in Class AA, Section 8. The Flyers won their final two games to finish 5-3 and will host Crookston (2-6) in the opening round. United North Central is the top seed in Section 8AA and the finals will also be held at the Fargodome on Friday, Oct. 23.

Elsewhere in the area, Blackduck is playing in Section 7A this season and the No. 5 seeded Drakes (3-5) will be on the road against No. 4 Chisholm (also 3-5) on Tuesday.

Red Lake didn’t pick up a win on the season but the Warriors (0-8) are the No. 6 seed in Section 8A (BGMR was also 0-8 and earned the No. 7 seed in the seven-team section).

The Warriors will visit Polk County West (6-2) Friday. PCW beat Red Lake 71-14 earlier in the season.

Finally, Cass Lake-Bena finished 0-8 in the regular season and will be the No. 7 seed in the seven-team 9-man, Section 6 playoff bracket. The Panthers will visit 7-1 Nevis, the No. 2 seed, Friday at 7 p.m.

9-Man, Section 8

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 13

No. 8 Goodridge/Grygla-Gatzke (2-6) at No. 1 Kelliher/Northome (8-0), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Win-E-Mac (3-5) at No. 4 Kittson County Central (5-3), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (3-5) at. No. 3 Stephen-Argyle (6-2), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Northern Freeze (2-6) at No. 2 Clearbrook-Gonvick (6-2), 7 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 17 at Higher seed

Kelliher/Goodridge vs. W-E-M/Kittson

Stephen-Argyle/WAO vs. C-G/Northern Freeze

Finals

Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Fargodome

Semifinal winners, 3 p.m.

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9-Man, Section 6

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 13

No. 5 Norman County West (2-6) at No. 4 Norman County East/U-H (4-4), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Rothsay (2-6) at. No. 3 Ada-Borup (7-1), 6 p.m.

No. 7 Cass Lake-Bena (0-8) at No. 2 Nevis (7-1), 7 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 17 at Higher seed

NCW/NCE-UH at Waubun (8-0), TBA

Ada/Rothsay vs. Nevis/CL-B, TBA

Finals

Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Fargodome

Semifinal winners, 12:30 p.m.

Class A, Section 8

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 13

No. 5 Fertile-Beltrami (1-7) at No. 4 Red Lake County (3-5), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Red Lake (0-8) at. No. 3 Polk County West (6-2), 7 p.m.

No. 7 BGMR (0-8) at No. 2 Fosston (6-2), 7 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 17 at Higher seed

F-B/RLC at No. 1 Mahnomen (8-0), TBA

PCW/Red Lake vs. Fosston/BGMR, TBA

Finals

Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Fargodome

Semifinal winners, 5:30 p.m.

Class A, Section 7

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 13

No. 5 Blackduck (3-5) at No. 4 Chisholm (3-5), 6 p.m.

No. 6 East Central (2-6) at. No. 3 Hinckley-Finlayson (5-3), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Barnum (0-8) at No. 2 Deer River (7-1), 7 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 17 at Higher seed

Chisholm/Blackduck at No. 1 Braham (8-0), TBA

Deer River/Barnum vs. H-F/East Central, TBA

Finals

Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Griggs Field, UMD

Semifinal winners, 5 p.m.

Class AA, Section 8

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 13

No. 5 Hawley (4-4) at No. 4 Frazee (3-5), 6 p.m.

No. 6 Crookston (2-6) at. No. 3 Bagley (5-3), 6 p.m.

No. 7 Warroad (2-6) at No. 2 Barnesville (5-3), 6 p.m.

Semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 17 at Higher seed

Frazee/Hawley at No. 1 United North Central (6-2), TBA

Barnesville/Warroad vs. Bagley/Crookston, TBA

Finals

Friday, Oct. 22 at the Fargodome

Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.