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Warriors host Warroad, Panthers return to Perham for playoffs

Park Rapids will be on the road while United North Central will play at home as the section football playoffs begin Tuesday.

A 28-8 loss to Crookston in the regular-season finale Wednesday night dropped Park Rapids to the No. 7 seed in Section 8AAA. That means the Panthers (2-6 on the season) will return to Perham (the No. 2 seed with a 7-1 record) for a 7 p.m. kickoff Tuesday night. Perham defeated Park Rapids 51-27 in Week 7.

The other Section 8AAA quarterfinal games Tuesday night find No. 1 Pequot Lakes (7-1) hosting No. 8 Roseau (1-7), No. 4 Thief River Falls (5-3) hosting No. 5 Crookston (3-5) and No. 3 Staples-Motley (8-0) hosting No. 6 East Grand Forks (2-6).

United North Central closed out the regular season with a 26-20 double-overtime victory over Upsala/Swanville Area Tuesday night to earn the No. 4 seed in the Section 8AA playoffs. The Warriors, who ended the season with a five-game winning streak and 6-2 overall record, will host No. 5 Warroad (2-6) at Sebeka. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

The other Section 8AA quarterfinal games pit No. 1 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-1) against No. 8 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (1-7), No. 2 Hawley (7-1) against No. 7 Bagley (2-6), and No. 3 Frazee (6-2) against No. 6 Pelican Rapids (2-6).

The high seeds will host the section semifinals next Saturday night at 6 with the Section 8AA championship game set for Friday, Nov. 6 at the Fargodome.