WATCH: Change coming for North Dakota 11AA, 11A playoff football, Ness realizing Olympic dreams in WDAY's 6 PM sportscast for Jan. 20th

All eight teams in the postseason will be selected by QRF rankings, not regional qualification.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Grant Warkenthien fires a pass against West Fargo during the North Dakota 11AA title game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. David Samson / The Forum
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Changes are coming to 11AA and 11A playoffs in North Dakota high school football.

Each team will be selected by QRF rather than regional qualification. Teams will also be seeded via QRF. The changes come after the first season of the North Dakota High School Activities Association's new classes fo
r football, which saw Davies left out of the postseason just four games into the season, despite finishing 6-3.

"I think there's no doubt that played into the topic, but it was something they talked about prior to last year," said NDHSAA executive director Matt Fetsch.

Aaron Ness wasn't sure he'd get the chance accomplish his Olympic dreams just last month. However, the Roseau native gets his chance to next month in Beijing after the perfect circumstances gave him an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

See those stories and more in WDAY's 6 PM sportscast.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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