It’s football playoff time! Along with regular season records, some leagues are hosting their own seeding games this weekend where teams will contend for spots in the statewide week 10 playoffs. Locally, the Metro League, Wesco 3A, and SPSL 4A North will hold seeding games to determine which teams they send to the week 10 playoffs on Nov. 8 and 9.
Here’s a round-up of how those games will shake out. Also interesting to note that none of these teams have played each other yet.
The Metro League gets nine spots in the Nov. 8 week 10 playoffs, which will be filled by the top four teams in the Mountain Division, and the top four teams in the Sound and Valley Divisions. The ninth spot will be played for between the No. 5 teams. The games were determined by the No. 1 seed in the Mountain division playing the No. 1 seed in Sound/Valley, the No. 2 seeds playing each other, and so on.
The Sound and Valley divisions had their own seeding games last weekend to determine how the schools would be ranked between the two divisions.
The nine seeds will be played for in the following games:
No. 1 seeds: Eastside Catholic vs. Roosevelt (playing for Metro #1 and #2)
No. 2 seeds: O’Dea vs. Ballard (playing for Metro #3 and #4)
No. 3 seeds: Bishop Blanchet vs. Garfield (playing for Metro #5 and #6)
No. 4 seeds: Nathan Hale vs. Lakeside (playing for Metro #7 and #8)
No. 5 seeds: Cleveland vs. Seattle Prep (playing for Metro #9; the loser is out)
The Wesco 3A North and South divisions will be duking it out for the league’s six spots in the Week 10 crossover playoffs. Each division’s top three teams are guaranteed a seed.
The games are as follows:
No. 1 seeds: Marysville Pilchuck vs. Meadowdale (playing for Wesco 3A #1 and #2)
No. 2 seeds: Oak Harbor vs. Mountlake Terrace (playing for Wesco 3A #3 and #4)
No. 3 seeds: Glacier Peak vs. Arlington (playing for Wesco 3A #5 and #6)
SPSL 4A North
With 10 schools total, SPSL 4A North gets five spots in the Week 10 playoffs, coming from its Northwest and Northeast divisions. However, the SPSL seeding process is not as straightforward as Metro and Wesco.
The games are as follows:
Playing for SPSL 4A North No. 5:
Northwest No. 3 vs. Northeast No. 3: Tahoma @ Jefferson
Playing for SPSL 4A North No. 1, 2, 3, and 4:
Northeast No. 2 vs. Northwest No. 1: Kent Meridian @ Federal Way
Northwest No. 2 vs. Northeast No. 1: Todd Beamer @ Kentwood
The actual seeding results are a little complicated, but bear with me.
The winner of the Tahoma-Jefferson game will be the No. 5 seed, and the loser is out.
The second set of games will determine the overall No. 1, 2, 3, and 4 seeds. The winners take the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, and the losers take the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. The higher seed is taken by the team with the higher division standing. If the division standings are equal, the team from the Northwest takes the higher seed.
For example, if Federal Way and Todd Beamer win (the Northwest No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively), Federal Way would take the overall No. 1 seed, because it had a better league record.
Another example: If Federal Way and Kentwood both win (the Northwest and the Northeast No. 1 seeds), Federal Way would take the No. 1 spot, because it is from the Northwest division.