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October 31, 2013

Tigers to Host Knox County in Football District Opener

The Tigers will host Knox County on Friday night as the Class 1 Missouri State High School Football playoffs begin.

The Class 1 District 5 football tournament will kick off on Friday night with four games across northeast Missouri. Scotland County earned the #3 seed in the district bracket and will host #6 seed Knox County (4-5) on November 1st in Memphis starting at 7 p.m.

Westran (9-0) earned the top seed. The Hornets, the #2 ranked team in Missouri Class 1 football, will host North Shelby (0-9) in an opening round game.

The other two first round games will pit second seeded South Shelby (5-4) vs. #7 seed Schuyler County (1-8) in Shelbina while Louisiana (2-7) will host Paris (5-4).

The Cardinals earned the #2 seed based on strength of schedule. The Clarence Cannon Conference team's schedule featured just one game versus a fellow Class 1 team, a 23-20 win over Louisiana in week one. South Shelby played all eight remaining games versus class 2 (six games) and class 3 (two games) teams, earning the Cardinals the nod as the #2 seed over SCR-I.

Westran racked up 48.9 total seeding points to take the top spot followed by South Shelby with 43 points.

The Tigers took the three seed with 33.29 points in the seeding system that takes into consideration win-loss records, as well as win loss records of opponents and class assignments for a strength of schedule factor. The point system also awards up to 13 points for margin of victory.

The Tigers played only one class 2 team, South Calloway but had a strong schedule featuring the state ranked Bulldogs as well as top 10 teams in Milan (9-0) and Salisbury (8-1). SCR-I benefited from solid margins of victory, with all but one of their wins being by 13 points or more.

Louisiana earned the #4 seed despite a 2-7 record. The Bulldogs, like South Shelby, had a solid schedule courtesy of the CCC, playing all class 2 and class 3 teams except for the Cardinals. The Bulldogs beat Mark Twain 14-12 early in the season and closed out with a 56-0 win over Highland. That helped the Bulldogs earn a 31 score in district seeding, ahead of Paris (30.18 points).

They will host Paris (5-4) the fifth seed. The Coyotes beat Schuyler County 26-16 in week one and also posted wins over fellow District Five teams North Shelby (48-0) and Knox County (44-38). The Coyotes enter district play on a two game losing streak after falling to Marceline (48-0) and Salisbury (46-22).

Knox County secured the sixth seed with a score of 28.93. The Eagles were 4-5, but have gone 3-1 in the last four games. The Tigers have topped Knox County twice this season, winning 34-30 in Memphis in week two before posting a 41-26 victory in Edina in week seven.

Schuyler County (1-8) earned 16.66 ranking points while North Shelby scored 13.33 points to be seeded eighth.

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