The dust settled on the prep football regular season on Friday, meaning teams across Manitowoc County were anxious to find out where they would be playing once the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association released the playoff pairings.
There weren’t too many surprises with most teams getting right around the seed they were expecting.
In Division 1, No. 4 Manitowoc Lincoln (6-3, 6-2 Fox River Classic Conference) hosts No. 5 Milwaukee King (7-2, 6-0 Milwaukee City Conference).
“We’re very excited to have another game at Ron Rubick Field, the kids really earned it,” said Lincoln coach John Dixon. “I’m pleased with the respect we got at the seeding meeting.”
Also earning home games as the higher seed were D3 No. 4 Two Rivers (7-2, 5-2 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) and D4 No. 1 Roncalli (9-0, 7-0 Olympian-Packerland Large). The Raiders take on No. 5 Brown Deer (6-3, 4-2 Woodland East) while the Jets face familiar O-P Large foe No. 8 Chilton (5-4, 3-4).
Both squads are the smallest schools in their respective divisions.
“We’re pretty happy with where we are,” said Two Rivers coach Kevin Shillcox. “I’m glad our loss last night (to New Holstein) didn’t affect our seeding. We’re right where we belong.”
Roncalli coach Ray Baranczyk was pleased with his team earning the No. 1 seed, but would have preferred a less familiar opponent. The Jets hosted the Tigers in Week 7, winning 21-7 in their closest contest of the year.
“I glanced at who was in our group going into the seeding meeting and I thought we’d be a No. 1,” Baranczyk said. “When you get into the playoffs though, its fun seeing someone new but it is what is.”
Wrapping things up in D6, No. 5 Manitowoc Lutheran (6-3, 5-1 O-P Small) visits No. 4 Deerfield (7-2, 5-1 Trailways) and No. 6 Reedsville (7-2, 4-2 O-P Small) takes on host No. 3 Ozaukee (7-2, 3-2 Central Lakeshore).
The Panthers earned the No. 6 seed due in part to their loss to Lutheran earlier in the year, but Reedsville coach Aaron Fredrick wasn’t upset by it.
“We were 6-2 last year and got a No. 7 seed so we knew going in it would be tough,” Fredrick said. “I thought we got a pretty decent draw. It’ll be a good matchup in a tough bracket.”
Fredrick wasn’t as pleased with fellow O-P Small squad Lutheran’s seed.
“Lutheran got a bad draw, they really should be hosting,” Fredrick added. “The Trailways isn’t as tough of a conference and to me the seeds should have been reversed.”
Phone messages left for Lutheran coach Jim Carolfi were not returned.
All games are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday except for Roncalli, which will host Chilton at 1 p.m. on Saturday.