The four Snohomish County high school football teams still alive in the postseason are staying home to host first-round state-playoff games.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released the football state-playoff brackets Sunday after seeding for each classification was determined by committees made up of coaches, athletic directors and media members.
Lake Stevens, Marysville Pilchuck, Lakewood and Archbishop Murphy each received top-eight seeds in their respective classifications’ 16-team state-playoff brackets, giving them home-field advantage for at least the opening round.
Lake Stevens (10-0) received the No. 3 seed in Class 4A and will host No. 14 seed Union (6-4) in a first-round rematch of last year’s state championship game, which Union won 52-20. The Vikings have outscored opponents by 49.5 points per game this season and are 23-1 over the past two years, with their only loss being the title-game defeat to Union.
Marysville Pilchuck (10-0) received the No. 6 seed in 3A and will host No. 11 seed Prairie (9-1) in the opening round. The Tomahawks are making their first state appearance since 2014 and are seeking their third trip to the state quarterfinals in program history. Prairie is state-bound for the first time since 1992.
At the 2A level, Lakewood (8-1) received the No. 5 seed and plays host to No. 12 seed Sequim (9-1) in a first-round matchup. The Cougars are making their first state appearance since 2012 and are seeking the program’s third-ever trip to the state quarterfinals.
Archbishop Murphy (7-2) received the No. 8 seed in 2A and hosts No. 9 seed North Kitsap (8-2) in a first-round clash of familiar foes. This will be the fourth state-playoff meeting between these teams in the past five seasons. Archbishop Murphy won each of the past three playoff matchups — in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
First-round state-playoff games take place either Friday or Saturday. Dates, times and locations for the opening-round matchups were yet to be announced as of Sunday afternoon.
The top seeds by classification are Kennedy Catholic (4A), O’Dea (3A), Tumwater (2A), Royal (1A) and Onalaska (2B). The 1B state-playoff field has yet to be announced.