By Paul Lecker
The 2021 WIAA football playoff brackets have been released, with 19 area teams qualifying for the postseason.
Play begins with Level 1 games on Friday, Oct. 22, across Wisconsin in seven divisions.
In Division 1, Valley Football Association co-champion Stevens Point is the No. 4 seed in its group and will host a first-round game against No. 5 Chippewa Falls. In the same bracket, No. 8 D.C. Everest will travel to No. 1 seed Kimberly, and No. 2 Wausau West, also a co-champion in the VFA, will host No. 7 Neenah.
On the other side of the Division 1 bracket, the third team to tie for the VFA title, Wisconsin Rapids, is a No. 2 seed and will be home for a Level 1 game against No. 7 Oshkosh West.
In Division 2, Marshfield is the No. 8 seed in its group and will travel to play No. 1 seed Waunakee.