CLASS D1 FOOTBALL PLAY-OFFS
Class D1 will have 54 schools. Beginning with the school located the farthest west; schools to the east will be added until the pre-determined number of schools for each district is reached. North and South distance will also be considered. The 10 district champions and the 22 teams with the highest regular season point average that did not finish as district champions will qualify for the play-offs, making a total of 32 teams.
The 32 qualifying teams will be placed on two 16 team brackets. Beginning with the school located the farthest west; schools to the east will be added until the pre-determined number of schools (16) for each bracket is reached. North and South distance will not be considered.
The 16 teams on each bracket will be seeded 1 through 16 by the point system and the point system tiebreaker (1 vs 16, 9 vs 8, 5 vs 12, 13 vs 4, 3 vs 14, 11 vs 6, 7 vs 10, 15 vs 2).
The first round of the State Football Play-offs for Class D1 will be played on Thursday of Week 17 (October 30). Competition will continue until two bracket winners are determined. The winner from the West bracket will play the winner from the East bracket for the State Championship.
Steps for Determining District Places
To determine 1st place, the win-loss record within the district will be the first consideration.
If teams are tied, competition between the tied teams will be considered.
If the tie cannot be broken by Step 2, the overall winning percentage of all games played will be considered.
If at any step there are only two teams tied, refer to Step 2 to break the tie.
If the tie cannot be broken by Step 3, determine which team(s) played the greatest number of teams with a winning record.
If the tie remains, the point system average and point system tiebreaker will be used.
Host School In the first round of the play-offs, the team with the highest point average will host.
If the schools have identical point averages, the point system tiebreaker will be used to determine the host school.
For 2nd round, quarterfinal and semifinal games, the following procedure will be used: