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Salem Hills Earns Top Seed in 5A Playoffs

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Salt Lake City, UTAH – The Utah High School Activities Association has released its final RPI ranking for the 2019 football season. The Salem Hills Skyhawks earn the top seed in the 5A classification after finishing the season with a 9-1 record.

Beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, the UHSAA changed the seeding format for the state tournament for baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Previously, the top four teams from each region earned bids to the postseason, but in the new RPI format, every team earns a spot in the postseason. Seeding is determined based on RPI rankings.

RPI is based on winning percentage, opponents winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents winning percentage.

First Round Byes

In the new format, teams can earn first round byes in the state tournament. In 5A, seven teams earned first round byes: Salem Hills, Provo, Farmington, Olympus, Brighton, Woods Cross, and Springville.

Cottonwood Declines To Participate In Playoffs

Cottonwood High School finished the season 0-10. Prior to unveiling of the rankings, the UHSAA accepted a petition from Cottonwood to withdraw from the state football tournament.

Dates and Locations

Home teams host games in the first three rounds of the playoffs. The first round is scheduled for October 25th.

Tune into Game Night Live tonight at 6PM on KSL to see the final week of action in the Utah High School football season, and a full breakdown of the brackets.