There are 4 teams in the top 9 in the smallest schools class from Section 1 which includes Bethlehem Academy and Kenyon-Wanamingo. Fillmore Central is also receiving votes. Five teams from the Hiawatha Valley League are also among the state's elite in their respective classes.
The Northfield Raiders have defeated every team on their schedule to date to get to their 9-0 record including a few South Suburban Conference teams like #3 Class 4A Lakeville North, #10 Class 4A Lakeville South, Eagan and Farmington. They also beat #7 Chaska.