Football: Division IV, V & VI playoff glance



Division IV/Section II
Pueblo (4-2, 3-0)
Empire (3-3, 2-0)
Thatcher (3-3, 1-1)
Santa Rita (1-5, 1-1)
Palo Verde (1-6, 1-2)
Douglas (1-5, 1-2)
Catalina (0-6, 0-3)

Pueblo is the heavy favorite to win the section. The Pusch Ridge game is not a section game but Empire still waits on Oct. 23. Empire needs to win the section to guarantee a playoff spot.

Thatcher and Santa Rita have to hope Pueblo falls off completely. All these teams can do is win out and hope to crack the top 16.

Division IV/Section VI
Flowing Wells (7-0, 3-0)
Pusch Ridge (5-1, 3-0)
Sahuarita (2-4, 2-1)
Rio Rico (3-3, 1-1)
Cholla (3-3, 0-3)
Walden Grove (2-4, 0-2)
Amphitheater (0-6, 0-2)

Flowing Wells hosts Pusch Ridge then Sahuarita. At this point, Flowing Wells and Pusch Ridge have the best shot to win the section but both should have enough points to make the playoffs regardless.

Sahuarita has to win out but there may not be enough power points out there.

Division V/Section II
Benson (6-0, 1-0)
Bisbee (4-1, 1-0)
Tombstone (2-3, 1-0)
San Manuel (1-4, 0-1)
Willcox (1-5, 0-1)
Tanque Verde (1-5, 0-1)

Benson has a big game at Bisbee on Oct. 16. Besides, that hurdle, the Bobcats have a great shot at going undefeated in the regular season. Bisbee will also make the playoffs unless the team forgets how to play football the rest of the way.

Tombstone has to win out to make the playoffs and that would mean a section championship.

Santa Cruz (5-1, 2-0 in Section VIII) has to keep on winning to at least guarantee an at-large berth.

Division VI

St. David (6-0, 2-0 in Sec. II) has a huge game against Valley Union (5-1, 1-1) next week and then another big game at Pima (7-0, 2-0) the following week. Only 12 teams make the 8-man playoffs but that shouldn’t be a problem.


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