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WIAA releases first-round pairings for football championship series

Editor's note: Dennis Semrau covers prep sports for ESPN Madison 100.5 FM.

The WIAA has released the first-round pairings for the 2017 football playoffs. First-round games will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. unless changed by mutual agreement of the teams involved.

The highest seeded team in each of the first three rounds will serve as host if its site is on the WIAA’s approved site list. The state semifinal games will be held at neutral sites. The state championship games will be held Nov. 16-17 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Here's a quick look at the seeding of area teams in the WIAA football playoff brackets.

Division 1 first round games

#8 Madison Memorial at #1 Sun Prairie

#5 Kettle Moraine at #4 Verona

#6 Hamilton at #3 Madison West

#7 Madison La Follette at #2 Middleton

#7 Janesville Craig at #2 Franklin

Dream matchup: Four-time defending state champion Kimberly and Sun Prairie could meet in the title game at Camp Randall Stadium.

Division 2 first round games

#8 Beaver Dam at #1 Waunakee

#5 DeForest at #4 Slinger

#7 Watertown at #2 Menasha

#8 Wilmot at #1 Monona Grove

#6 Oregon at #3 Stoughton

Dream matchup: Waunakee and Monona Grove could meet at Camp Randall Stadium for the title.

Division 3 first round games

#8 Monroe at #1 New Berlin Eisenhower

#6 Evansville/Albany at #3 Mount Horeb/Barneveld

Division 4 first round games

#8 Mayville at #1 Lodi

#6 Lakeside Lutheran at #3 Lake Mills

#7 River Valley at #2 Racine St. Catherine's

Division 5 first round games

#5 New Glarus/Monticello at #4 Prairie du Chien

Division 6 first round games

#6 Cambridge at #3 Manitowoc Lutheran

#7 Belleville at #2 Racine Lutheran