This Friday’s games mark the start of regional play for most of the local high school football teams.
With the AIA rating system determining playoff berths and seedings for all classifications, the importance of the regional standings are diminished, especially with Class 5A and 6A schools. Region champions for those classifications do not earn automatic bids to the playoffs.
Schools in Class 1A to 4A automatically enter the postseason with regional titles but how they are seeded depends on their rating.
Overall, regional play brings a sense of pride for coaches and their players attempting to top their rivals to reach the top of the standings.
The standings and schedules (kickoffs are at 7 p.m.)[table “19” not found /]
Trevor Browne at Alhambra
North at Cesar Chavez
Maryvale at Shadow Ridge
Marana at Buena
Ironwood Ridge at Nogales
Cienega at Sunnyside
Desert View at Rincon/University
Empire at Flowing Wells
Cholla at Mountain View
Canyon del Oro at Catalina Foothills
Salpointe at Sahuaro
Casa Grande at Vista Grande
Pueblo at Douglas
Amphi at Palo Verde
Walden Grove at Rio Rico
Tanque Verde at Pusch Ridge
Catalina at Sabino
Sahuarita at Safford
Benson at Tombstone
Santa Rita at Tonopah Valley (non-region)
Bisbee at Willcox
Fort Thomas at Duncan
St. David at Valley Union
Note: Baboquivari at Cibecue on Oct. 7
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