Playoffs are closer than they appear.
With the regular season coming to a close in two to three weeks, the playoff picture is starting to become more clear about what teams will be representing their schools in the postseason.
There is still plenty of football to be played, and last week saw some good games create some shifts in this week's high school football rankings.
In Class AA, Billings Senior (7-0) continues to reign supreme at No. 1, as the Broncs defeated Butte for their 20th straight win. Helena (5-1) and Helena Capital (6-1) stay at Nos. 2 and 3, while Missoula Big Sky (5-2) jumps back into the rankings at No. 4. Billings West falls one spot to No. 5 after losing to Capital 24-16 last Friday.
Billings Central (6-1) makes its season debut in the rankings in Class A. The Rams have won five straight games behind a powerful run game and appear on the list at No. 5. Columbia Falls (4-1) jumps up two spots to No. 3 and Frenchtown (6-1) falls to No. 4 after losing to Dillon. The Beavers (6-0) and the Sidney Eagles (7-0) remain as the only undefeated Class A teams, and continue to top the list at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively. The Laurel Locomotives fall off of the list after losing to Sidney.
Class B was a little quiet this week, and Nos. 1-6 stay the same with Eureka (6-0) continuing to top the list. Huntley Project (5-2) and Shelby (4-2) both jump up one spot to Nos. 7 and 8, while Jefferson (5-2) falls to No. 9. Big Timber (4-3) stays put at No. 10.
Charlo (7-0) continues to top the 8-Man ranks as the top four stay the same. Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (6-1), Fairview (6-1) and Drummond-Philipsburg (7-0) all move up a spot, while Great Falls Central falls (6-1) to No. 8 after losing to Belt. Joliet (6-1) jumps up to No. 9 after defeating Lone Peak and Centerville (6-1) makes its season debut at No. 10.
Westby-Grenora (7-0) remains king in 6-Man football, with Wibaux (7-0) holding onto the No. 2 spot. Those teams are set to meet this Friday. Valier (6-0) and Bridger (5-1) also stay put to round out the top four. White Sulphur Springs (7-0) blew out West Yellowstone 59-0 and jumps up two spots to No. 5. Richey-Lambert (5-2) falls one spot to No. 6 after a three-point loss to Wibaux. Geraldine-Highwood (5-1) moves to No. 7 and Big Sandy (5-2) advances to No. 8 despite a close loss to Valier. West Yellowstone (6-1) falls from No. 6 to No. 9 and Terry (5-2) resurfaces at No. 10.