IRON MOUNTAIN - Northern Elite and Florence will kick off the WIAA state football playoffs on Friday.
Northern Elite (8-1) will host Winnebago Lutheran Academy (5-4) at Niagara at 7 p.m. Friday in Division 5. The Predators are a No. 3 seed.
In Division 7, eighth-seeded Florence (3-5) will travel to Alma to face top-seeded and undefeated Pepin/Alma (9-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
In other Friday playoff games of area interest:
Division 1 - Green Bay Preble at Wausau West (coached by Kevin Grundy, married to Lori Argentati of Iron River).
Division 3 - Seymour (coached by Niagara's Matt Molle) at Medford.
Division 4 - Northland Pines (coached by Goodman's Eric Swanson) at Somerset
Division 5 - Oconto at Cedar Grove-Belgium (coached by Chris Zablocki, with family ties to Kingsford); Bonduel (coached by Niagara's James Westrich) at Oostburg (coached by Iron Mountain's Scott Ring).