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Tom Mix, Published October 24 2013

Four EDC football teams playing for title, top seed heading into ND Class 3A playoffs

FARGO – West Fargo head football coach Jay Gibson has seen a lot of wild regular-season finishes in his 23 seasons in the Eastern Dakota Conference, but nothing like what could happen today.

Four teams – West Fargo, Fargo South, Fargo Davies and Grand Forks Red River – have a shot at an EDC championship and a No. 1 seed for the North Dakota Class 3A playoffs. The Packers (4-3, 4-1 EDC) Bruins (5-3, 4-1), Eagles (5-3, 4-1) and Roughriders (5-3, 4-1) all have clinched berths to the playoffs.

Seeding will be determined tonight after West Fargo hosts No. 5-ranked Davies and No.

4-ranked South hosts Red River.

“I remember having a couple of three-way ties heading into the final week, but never four,” Gibson said. “It’s also a coincidence that the final four teams all play against each other. It makes for an interesting finish to the regular season.”

No matter the outcomes of tonight’s games, there will be a shared EDC regular-season championship.

Seeding for the 3A playoffs, however, will come down to head-to-head tiebreakers.

There are four different scenarios in which each of the four teams could be seeded as high as No. 1 and as low as No. 4, which South head coach Troy Mattern said is very unique.

“Obviously, we would like to be in a position to completely control our destiny, but that is not the case this year,” Mattern said. “We can only control our game.”

Here are the four possible scenarios:

E Wins by Davies and South. Bruins earn the No. 1 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker. Eagles receive the No. 2 seed. Red River earns the No. 3 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker with West Fargo, which would be the No. 4 seed.

E Wins by Davies and Red River. Eagles earn the No. 1 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker. Roughriders receive the No. 2 seed. West Fargo earns the No. 3 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker with South, which would be the No. 4 seed.

E Wins by West Fargo and South. Packers earn the No. 1 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker. Bruins receive the No. 2 seed. Davies earns the No. 3 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker with Red River, which would be the No. 4 seed.

E Wins by West Fargo and Red River. Roughriders earn the No. 1 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker. Packers receive the No. 2 seed. South earns the No. 3 seed by head-to-head tiebreaker with Davies, which would be the No. 4 seed.

The two teams that win tonight will host playoff games on Nov. 1. The No. 1 seed hosts Jamestown, the No. 4 seed from the West Region. The No. 2 seed hosts No. 3-ranked Bismarck Century, the No. 3 seed from the West Region.

“We talked to the kids and said, ‘If you win this game you are a conference champion and you have a home playoff game,’ ” Davies head coach Jason Thielges said. “There is all the incentive in the world to win the game. We are going to give it everything we got.”


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