D1: No. 7 Eau Claire Memorial (5-4) at No. 2 Appleton North (6-3), 7 p.m. Friday
The Old Abes, which finished tied for fifth in the Big Rivers, meet the second-ranked team from the VFA-North. Memorial has lost two straight, while Appleton North saw a two-game winning streak end with a loss to Kimberly last week.
D1: No. 5 Hudson (4-5) at No. 4 Neenah (4-5), 7 p.m. Friday
Hudson, which finished fourth in the Big Rivers, meets a Neenah team that went 4-4 in the VFA-South, good for third in the conference. Neenah has lost three straight, while Hudson has turned things around after dropping the first three games of the season.
D2: No. 8 Chippewa Falls (3-6) at No. 1 Pulaski (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
The Cardinals completed an upset of Hudson last week to sneak their way into the playoffs after entering Week 9 out of most projections. The regular season-closing win earned Chi-Hi a date with Pulaski, which finished second in the Fox River Classic and only fell to powerhouse Bay Port this season.
D3: No. 8 Lakeland (6-3) at No. 1 Menomonie (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Menomonie, the co-Big Rivers champion, kicks off its playoff run against a Lakeland team that finished tied for third in the Great Northern. The Thunderbirds finished the season on a three-game win streak, while Menomonie's only loss came against Superior on Oct. 4.
D3: No. 6 Rhinelander (6-3) at No. 3 River Falls (7-2), Friday 7 p.m.
River Falls, which shared the Big Rivers title with Menomonie, is set to battle a Hodag squad that placed tied for third in the Great Northern. The Wildcats are riding a five-game win streak, last falling on Sept. 13 to Menomonie, while Rhinelander snapped a two-game losing streak with a 16-12 win against Ashland in the regular season finale.
D4: No. 7 Black River Falls (5-4) at No. 2 Baldwin-Woodville (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Baldwin-Woodville, the co-champion of the Middle Border, meets the third-place program from the South Central. Black River Falls has turned things around after dropping the first four games of the season, winning five straight to end the regular season. Baldwin-Woodville has won three straight, scoring 30 or more points each time.
D5: No. 6 Spencer/Columbus Catholic (5-4) at No. 3 Bloomer (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Bloomer, the third-place team in the Heart O'North, meets a team that tied for third in the Cloverbelt. The Blackhawks only losses came to the two teams ahead of them in the conference standings, Northwestern and Cumberland. Spencer/Columbus boasts a similar resume, having lost to Regis, Colby and Osseo-Fairchild.
D5: No. 5 Saint Croix Falls (5-4) at No. 4 Elk Mound (6-3), 7 p.m. Friday
Elk Mound, which finished third in the Dunn-St. Croix, plays the fifth-ranked team from the Heart O'North. Both teams have won two straight heading into this matchup, with the Mounders scoring 50 points in each of those victories.
D6: No. 8 Lake Holcombe/Cornell (5-4) at No. 1 Regis (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday
A rematch of last year's Level 1 game, which saw the Ramblers win 46-12. Cloverbelt champion Regis has plowed through its competition, scoring at least 36 points in every game and over 50 four times. No one has come close to keeping within single digits. The Knights, which finished tied for second in the Lakeland, is riding a two-game losing streak into the postseason.
D6: No. 7 Durand (4-5) at No. 2 Spring Valley (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
The second and fourth-placed Dunn-St. Croix teams rematch in Level 1. The Cardinals won the first meeting, 35-14, and have only lost to undefeated league champion Mondovi this season. Durand earned a spot in the playoffs by beating Colfax and Boyceville in the final month of the regular season.
D6: No. 5 Colby (7-2) at No. 4 Cumberland (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Colby, which finished second in the Cloverbelt, meets Cumberland, which finished second in the Heart O'North. The Beavers' only loss came to HON champ Northwestern, while Colby was bested by Cloverbelt champ Regis and Spring Valley in non-conference play. Cumberland has won five straight, while Colby has won four of the last five outings.
D6: No. 8 Whitehall (4-5) at No. 1 Mondovi (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The undefeated and Dunn-St. Croix champions Mondovi host the Norse, which finished sixth in the Dairyland. Whitehall earned a playoff spot by winning two of its last three games against Blair-Taylor and Cochrane-Fountain City. Mondovi has only given up points in one game this year.
D6: No. 6 Osseo-Fairchild (5-4) at No. 3 Lancaster (8-1), 6 p.m. Friday
The Thunder, making their first playoff appearance since 2014, travel to play a Lancaster squad that finished second in the SWAL. Osseo-Fairchild, which tied for third in the Cloverbelt, ended the regular season winning three of four. The Flying Arrows suffered their only loss of the season last week, 33-7 to Mineral Point.
D7: No. 7 Augusta (6-3) at No. 2 Blair-Taylor (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday
A pair of Dairyland foes meet for a second time in the playoffs. Blair-Taylor, which won the league, bested the Beavers 21-9 on Oct. 11. Augusta finished in a tie for fourth in the conference.
D7: No. 5 Pepin/Alma (5-4) at No. 4 Eleva-Strum (6-3), 7 p.m. Friday
These two teams finished tied for second in the Dairyland this season, with Eleva-Strum getting the edge in seeding thanks largely to winning the head-to-head matchup, 14-8. Eleva-Strum bested Whitehall 41-7 last week, while Pepin/Alma fell in a de facto conference championship game to Blair-Taylor.
8-man: No. 4 Bruce (6-3) at No. 1 Shell Lake (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Bruce went 3-3 in the Lakeland-8 South, good for a tie for third in the conference, while Shell Lake finished first at 6-0 in the Lakeland-8 North. Bruce ended the regular season on a two-game losing streak, while Shell Lake has put up a combined 169 points in the last three weeks.
8-man: No. 4 Lincoln (4-5) at No. 1 Belmont (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Lincoln, which tied for third in the Lakeland-8 South, faces off with a Belmont squad that finished second in the Great 8. Lincoln has won two straight, while Belmont saw a six-game win streak come to an end with a loss to Newman Catholic last week.