The 28-10 City Showdown victory Friday over Lawrence High that sealed the Free State football team's District 1 championship also wrapped up a No. 1 seed on the east side of the Class 6A state playoffs bracket for the Firebirds.
KSHSAA announced the seeds and first-round matchups for all16 6A playoff teams Saturday morning and FSHS (8-1) sat atop the bracket. The Firebirds, who beat out Shawnee Mission East (8-1) and Gardner-Edgerton (8-1) for the top seed, will play host to No. 8 seed Shawnee Mission Northwest (3-6), at 7 p.m. Friday.
Free State defeated SMNW, 20-3, on the road Sept. 13.
Another win against the Cougars would advance the Firebirds to a Nov. 15 second-round game against either No. 4 seed Blue Valley Northwest (7-2) or No. 5 Olathe North (6-3), the only team to defeat FSHS this season.
Derby (8-1, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A by Kpreps.com) earned the west's No. 1 seed.
Class 6A state football playoffs
Nov. 8 first-round games (home team listed first)
No. 1 Free State (8-1) vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest (3-6)
No. 4 Blue Valley Northwest (7-2) vs. Olathe North (6-3)
No. 3 Gardner-Edgerton (8-1) vs. No. 6 Olathe East (6-3)
No. 2 Shawnee Mission East (8-1) vs. No. 7 Leavenworth (3-6)
No. 1 Derby (8-1) vs. No. 8 Wichita North (1-8)
No. 4 Maize (7-2) vs. No. 5 Manhattan (7-2)
No. 3 Topeka (8-1) vs. No. 6 Wichita Heights (6-3)
No. 2 Wichita Northwest (5-4) vs. No. 7 Garden City (6-3)