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  3A Statewide Football Playoff & Tiebreaker Scenarios

A look at all of the 2017 football playoff and tiebreaker scenarios for 3A schools.

By: Matt Harris
Published: 10/15/2017 12:02:13 PM
 
Follow Matt on Twitter: @IdahoSportsMatt

To see the 3A State Football Tournament bracket, click HERE.


Here is a look at all of the potential playoff and tiebreaker scenarios as we head into the final week of the regular season.

3A District 1 Intermountain League

Total berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Kellogg Wildcats – District Champions, seed 1A

Still In Contention
Priest River Spartans*
Timberlake Tigers*
Bonners Ferry Badgers*

*There is a state-wide at-large berth available this year. For more information on the at-large berth, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

Kellogg has secure the top seed from the Intermountain League, ending the decade-plus reign of Timberlake atop the league standings. Timberlake and Priest River are still battling for the second berth to the state tournament. Bonners Ferry's only chance at reaching the state tournament is via the at-large berth.

This week, Kellogg is at Bonners Ferry and Timberlake hosts Priest River. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Timberlake beats Priest River.

Timberlake finishes in second place and takes seed 1B, and Priest River and Bonners Ferry are eligible for the at-large berth.

2.    If Priest River beats Timberlake.

Priest River finishes in second place and takes seed 1B, and Timberlake and Bonners Ferry are eligible for the at-large berth.



3A District 3 Snake River Valley Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: three.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Fruitland Grizzlies – District Champion, seed 3A
Homedale Trojans – second place, seed 3B
Weiser Wolverines – third place, seed 3C

Still In Contention
Parma Panthers*
Payette Pirates*

*There is a state-wide at-large berth available this year. For more information on the at-large berth, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

It’s not often that a conference will have its entire playoff scenario sorted out a full week in advance of the tournament, but that is exactly the case in the SRV. Fruitland, Homedale, and Weiser have all clinched playoff berths, Parma and Payette are in the running for the at-large berth.



3A District 4 Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Playoff Berth
None

Still In Contention
Buhl Indians*
Filer Wildcats*
Gooding Senators*
Kimberly Bulldogs*

Eliminated
None

*There is a state-wide at-large berth available this year. For more information on the at-large berth, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

All four teams in the SCIC are still in play for one of the two available berths to the state tournament.

This week, Buhl is at Gooding and Filer hosts Kimberly. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Gooding beats Buhl and Kimberly beats Filer.

Gooding finishes in first place and takes seed 4A, Kimberly finishes in second place and takes seed 4B, and both Buhl and Filer are eliminated (both are eligible for the at-large berth).

2.    If Gooding beats Buhl and Filer beats Kimberly.

Gooding finishes in first place and takes seed 4A, then there is a 3-way tie for second place between Kimberly, Filer, and Buhl.

The tiebreaker in this scenario is a Kansas City Playoff between Kimberly, Filer, and Buhl on Monday, October 23rd at a location to be determined. Whoever finishes first in that playoff will earn seed 4B and the other two teams will be eliminated (both teams are eligible for the at-large berth).

3.    If Buhl beats Gooding and Kimberly beats Filer.

There is a three-way tie for first place between Gooding, Kimberly, and Buhl, with Filer being eligible for the at-large berth.

The tiebreaker in this scenario is a Kansas City Playoff between Gooding, Kimberly, and Filer on Monday, October 23rd at a location to be determined. Whoever finishes first in that playoff will earn seed 4A, whoever finishes second will earn seed 4B, and whoever finishes last will be eligible for the at-large berth.

4.    If Buhl beats Gooding and Filer beats Kimberly.

Buhl finishes in first place and takes seed 4A, Gooding finishes in second place and takes seed 4B, with Kimberly and Filer both being eligible for the at-large berth.



3A District 5 South East Idaho Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Snake River Panthers - District Champions, seed 5A

Still In Contention
American Falls Beavers*
Marsh Valley Eagles*

Eliminated
None

*There is a state-wide at-large berth available this year. For more information on the at-large berth, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

Snake River, despite starting the season 0-3, has won another conference championship with their wins over Marsh Valley and American Falls in successive weeks. In a 3-team conference, the scenarios become very simple.

Marsh Valley plays at American Falls this week. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If American Falls beats Marsh Valley

American Falls takes seed 5B and Marsh Valley is eligible for the at-large berth.

2.    If Marsh Valley beats American Falls

Marsh Valley takes seed 5B and American Falls is eligible for the at-large berth.



3A District 6 Mountain Rivers Conference

Total berths to the state tournament: two.

Clinched Playoff Berth
Shelley Russets
Sugar-Salem Diggers

Still In Contention
South Fremont Cougars*
Teton Redskins*

Eliminated
None

*There is a state-wide at-large berth available this year. For more information on the at-large berth, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

There are two teams from the MRC that have punched their tickets to the state tournament: Shelley and Sugar-Salem. They square off this week and will determine who is the district champion and who will earn the first round bye.

This week, Shelley plays at Sugar-Salem and South Fremont is at Teton. Here are the scenarios:

1.    If Shelley beats Sugar-Salem and South Fremont beats Teton.

Shelley finishes in first place and takes seed 6A, Sugar-Salem finishes in second place and takes seed 6B, South Fremont finishes in third place and is in the running for the at-large berth, and Teton finishes in fourth place and is in the running for the at-large berth.

2.    If Shelley beats Sugar-Salem and Teton beats South Fremont.

Shelley finishes in first place and takes seed 6A, Sugar-Salem finishes in second place and takes seed 6B, Teton finishes in third place and is in the running for the at-large berth, and South Fremont finishes in fourth place and is in the running for the at-large berth.

3.    If Sugar-Salem beats Shelley and South Fremont beats Teton.

Sugar-Salem finishes in first place and takes seed 6A, Shelley finishes in second place and takes seed 6B, South Fremont finishes in third place and is in the running for the at-large berth, and Teton finishes in fourth place and is in the running for the at-large berth.

4.    If Sugar-Salem beats Shelley and Teton beats South Fremont.

Sugar-Salem finishes in first place and takes seed 6A, Shelley finishes in second place and takes seed 6B, Teton finishes in third place and is in the running for the at-large berth, and South Fremont finishes in fourth place and is in the running for the at-large berth.



3A At-Large Berth

The 3A at-large berth this year is determined by the final MaxPreps ranking of each team. The next best team in each conference that has not secured an automatic berth is eligible for the at-large berth. Of those teams, the team with the highest MaxPreps ranking will earn the bid.

Below is a listing of teams who have yet to officially clinch a spot in the postseason that are still eligible to earn the at-large berth. As of October 15, MaxPreps has ranked those schools in the following order in the classification:

Gooding: #2
Kimberly: #6
South Fremont: #8
Teton: #10
Marsh Valley: #11
American Falls: #13
Priest River #14
Buhl: #15
Parma: #16
Filer: #17
Timberlake: #18
Payette: #19
Bonners Ferry: #20

The final MaxPreps rankings will be released on the night of Sunday, Oct. 22. Of those teams, whichever one has not clinched an automatic berth, is the next best team in their conference and holds the highest ranking will be awarded the at-large berth.




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