Coaches pick: 1, Barnesville. 2, Browerville. 3, Royalton.
- Coach: Bryan Strand (sixth year)
- 2009 record: 11-1 (lost in Class 1A state quarterfinals)
- Players to watch: Zach Hochhalter, Sr., RB/LB; Andrew Janssen, Sr., OT/DT; Tanner John, SR, TE/DE; Adam Rice, Jr., RB/DB; Brad Halverson, Sr., C/DT.
- Schedule: Sept. 3-at Lake Park-Audubon. Sept. 10-Frazee. Sept. 17-at Red Lake County. Sept. 24-Lake of the Woods. Oct. 1-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Oct. 8-at Hawley. Oct. 15-at Bagley. Oct. 20-Pine River-Backus.
- Coach: Jed Swegarden (ninth year)
- 2009 record: 7-3 (lost in Class 1A, Section 6 semifinals)
- Players to watch: John Nelson, Sr., RB/LB; Steve Oak, Sr., OL/DL; Chase Zeller, Jr., RB.
- Schedule: Sept. 3-Barnesville. Sept. 10-at Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Sept. 17-at Fertile-Beltrami. Sept. 24-Cass Lake-Bena. Oct. 1-at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. Oct. 8-Mahnomen. Oct. 15-at Blackduck. Oct. 20-Fosston at Fargodome.
New York Mills
- Coach: Matt Radniecki (first year)
- 2009 record: 0-8
- Players to watch: Tanner Wegscheid, Sr., QB; Erik Tumberg, Sr., RB; Ty Bell, Sr., OL/DL.
- Schedule: Sept. 2-Royalton. Sept. 10-at Ottertail Central. Sept. 17-at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. Sept. 24-United North Central. Oct. 1-at Osakis. Oct. 8-at Parkers Prairie. Oct. 15-Browerville. Oct. 20-Pillager.
Coaches pick: 1, Mahnomen. 2, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. 3, Fosston.
- Coach: Brian Nelson (16th year)
- 2009 record: 2-7 (lost in Class 1A, Section 8 quarterfinals)
- Players to watch: Lucas Solie, Jr., FB/LB; Brant Lenz, Jr., QB/S; Tanner Coauette, Sr., DT/OT; Chris Christian, Sr., TE/DE.
- Schedule: Sept. 3-at Frazee. Sept. 10-Fosston. Sept. 17-Lake Park-Audubon. Sept. 24-at Blackduck. Oct. 1-at Mahnomen. Oct. 8-Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Oct. 15-Cass Lake-Bena. Oct. 20-at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo.
- Coach: Les Viken (16th year)
- 2009 record: 12-1 (lost in Class 1A state semifinals)
- Players to watch: Mark Goff, Sr., RB/S; Ryan Paulson, Sr., OG/LB; Zach O'Keefe, Sr., FB/LB; Drew Viken, Sr., OT/DE; Garrett Carlin, Sr., WR/S.
- Schedule: Sept. 3-Walker-Hackensack-Akeley. Sept. 10-at Fertile-Beltrami. Sept. 17-at Cass Lake-Bena. Sept. 24-Mahnomen. Oct. 1-at Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Oct. 8-Blackduck. Oct. 15-Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. Oct. 21-Lake Park-Audubon (at Fargodome).
- Coach: John Clark Jr. (10th year)
- 2009 record: 6-4 (lost in Class 1A, Section 8 semifinals)
- Players to watch: Not available.
- Schedule: Sept. 3-Hawley. Sept. 10-at Cass Lake-Bena. Sept. 17-Warren-Alvarado-Oslo. Sept. 24-at Fosston. Oct. 1-Fertile-Beltrami. Oct. 8-at Lake Park-Audubon. Oct. 15-at Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Oct. 20-Red Lake County Central-Red Lake Falls.