The Missouri State High School Athletics Association (MSHSAA) officially released its 2012 High School Football Playoff Pairings on Monday, with several bits of good news for a couple of local teams.
No. 1-ranked John Burroughs, to no one's surprise, was named the No. 1 seed in Class 3 District 2, which means the Bombers will have home-field advantage all the way through the district playoffs.
This week, Burroughs (8-0) will begin its bid for a third straight state title game appearance, with a first-round district matchup against Confluence Prep Academy of St. Louis.
Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at JBS.
One of the surprises of the new playoff pairings was Ladue earning the No. 4 seed in Class 4, District 3, where Sullivan (MO) was named the No. 1 overall.
The surprise came when the Rams, who go into districts as champions of the Suburban East Conference, but have a 6-3 overall record this season, received the four-seed nod over Westminster Christian Academy, which finished third in the Metro League, has a 7-2 record.
The two teams were destined to meet in the district opener no matter what. But the team with the higher seed will get the chance to host.
Ladue's Ramming Athletic Center doesn't have lights, so the game won't be played there. It will instead be played at Parkway West High in Ballwin, on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m., with the winner getting a likely shot at No. 1 seed Sullivan, on November 2 in Sullivan.
MICDS drew the No. 8 seed in Class 4, District 5, and will match up against top-seeded St. Charles West, Friday night at West's Steve Stahl Stadium.
The Rams (1-8) and Warriors (6-3) are quite familiar with one another. They met just last week in the regular season finale, with St. Charles West winning in convincing fashion 41-20.
Week 1 District Playoff Football Schedule
Thursday, October 25
Westminster Christian Academy (7-2) vs. Ladue (6-3) at Parkway West High School -- 7 p.m.
Friday, October 26
Confluence Prep (1-8) at John Burroughs (8-0) -- 3 p.m.
MICDS (1-8) at St. Charles West (6-3) -- 7 p.m.