The final rankings of 2021 were released on Tuesday, and 11 teams in Southeast Minnesota are ranked once again.

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We kick off the rankings once again with 9-Man.

Class 9-Man Minnesota High School Rankings

Verndale and Lanesboro remained at #1 and #2, while Grand Meadow sits at #7. Grand Meadow will have a matchup with LeRoy-Ostrander in the Section 1 9-Man semifinals on Saturday night. We will have the action on FUN 104. The winner of that matchup will draw the winner between Lanesboro and Southland.

1. Verndale
2. Lanesboro
3. Hancock
4. Mountain Iron-Buhl
5. Fertile-Beltrami
6. Sleepy Eye-St. Mary's
7. Grand Meadow
8. Mountain Lake Area
9. Nevis
10.Wheaton-Herman-Norcross
Also Receiving Votes: Hill City-Northland, Cherry.

Class A Minnesota High School Football Rankings

Rushford-Peterson continues to win and continues to move up in the rankings. They have topped out at #3 behind Murray County Central and Minneota, who have been toward the top of the rankings for a majority of the season. Fillmore Central did not receive votes this week, but the Falcons went 7-1 in the regular season and will meet with Faribault B.A in the section semifinals, and you'll be able to hear the action on 103.1 KFIL. The winner of that matchup will draw the winner of Rushford-Peterson and Randolph.

1. Murray County Central
2. Minneota
3. Rushford-Peterson
4. Otter Tail Central
5. Mahnomen-Waubun
6. Ada-Borup
7. BOLD
8. Deer River
9. Mayer Lutheran
10.Polk County West
Also Receiving Votes: Lakeview, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, Pine River-Backus.

Class AA Minnesota Football Rankings

The Chatfield Gophers are up to #6 after rattling off 7 straight wins. Going 7-1 in the regular season helped the Gophers lock up the #1 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs. The Gophers beat Cotter in their quarterfinal matchup and will take on Triton Saturday night. The winner of that matchup will get the winner of Lewiston-Altura and Goodhue.

It was a wire-to-wire #1 ranking for Blooming Prairie this season. The Blossoms went 8-0 and took down Medford in their Section 2AA quarterfinal. They take on NRHEG in the semifinals on Saturday, and the winner of that will take on the winner between Maple River (ranked #10) and Blue Eart Area (ranked #5)

1. Blooming Prairie
2. Minneapolis North
3. Pipestone Area
4. Moose Lake-Willow River
5. Blue Earth Area
6. Chatfield
7. Osakis
8. Royalton
9. St. Agnes
10.Maple River
Also Receiving Votes: Barnesville, Eden Valley-Watkins, Rush City.

Class AAA Minnesota High School Football Rankings

Cannon Falls moved up to #3 after a win over previously ranked #1 Lake City. The Bombers and Tigers both spent time at #1 this season, while Plainview-Elgin-Millville was in the mix as well throughout the season, finishing the year ranked at #9. The Tigers are ranked #5.

All three teams are still alive in the Section 1AAA playoffs. Cannon Falls host Rochester Lourdes on Saturday, while Lake City will take on PEM. The winners of those two games will meet on November 5th for the Section 1AAA Championship.

1. Dassel- Cokato
2. Providence Academy
3. Cannon Falls
4. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
5. Lake City
6. Waseca
7. Esko
8. Fairmont
9. Plainview-Elgin-Millville
10. Annandale
Also Receiving Votes: Pierz, Sauk Centre, Albany, Watertown-Mayer.

Class AAAA

Stewartville finished the year ranked #4 after their 8-0 regular season. They will take on Byron in the Section 1AAAA semifinals on Saturday. The winner of that matchup will battle the winner of #9 ranked Kasson-Mantorville and Winona. Faribault received votes again this week. They are the #3 seed in Section 2AAAA and will battle #7 Willmar on Saturday afternoon.

1. Becker
2. Hutchinson
3. Mound Westonka
4. Stewartville
5. North Branch
6. Fridley
7. Willmar
8. Academy of Holy Angels
9. Kasson-Mantorville
10. St. Paul Academy/Minnehaha Academy/ Blake
Also Receiving Votes: Simley, Rocori, Faribault.

Class AAAAA Minnesota High School Football Rankings

It was wire-to-wire at the #1 spot for Mankato West this season in the Class AAAAA rankings. Rochester Mayo's lone loss came against the Scarlets, and their 7-1 record is a big reason why the Spartans find themselves ranked at #6. Rochester Mayo has the #1 seed in Section 1AAAAA and will take on #4 Rochester Century on Saturday. The winner of that matchup will take on the winner of Northfield and Owatonna for the Section 1AAAAA championship.

1. Mankato West
2. St. Thomas Academy
3. Andover
4. Chaska
5. Rogers
6 Rochester Mayo
7. Elk River
8. Moorhead
9. Spring Lake Park
10. Robbinsdale Cooper
Also Receiving Votes: Park Center, Mahtomedi, Mankato East, Chanhassen.

It will surely be an exciting finish to the section playoffs. Be sure to follow along with the action on 103.1 KFIL and FUN 104!

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