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Frog & Firkin High School Football Report: Week 6 Rankings From Open Division to Class 1A

Playoff scenario for Southern Arizona teams if season ended today:

Open Division

— Salpointe (5-0) would be the No. 2 seed hosting No. 7 Pinnacle (5-1) in the opening round.

Class 6A

— Tucson (3-3) would be out of the playoffs ranked No. 23. With three 6A teams presently in the Open Division (Chandler, Pinnacle and Brophy Prep), that moves the Badgers to the No. 20 slot. The top 16 after the removal of teams to the Open Division qualify for the 6A state playoffs. Tucson has a very important game at No. 8 Cesar Chavez on Friday. If the Badgers win that one, it would boost their 6A rankings tremendously.

Class 5A

— Four Southern Arizona teams are ranked high enough presently to make the 5A state playoffs after the removal of 5A powers Centennial, Notre Dame Prep and Campo Verde to the Open Division state playoffs.

— No. 9 Buena (5-1) would be the No. 6 seed in the 6A state tournament and hosting No. 14 Casteel (4-3).

— No. 11 Ironwood Ridge (3-3) would be the No. 8 seed hosting No. 12 McClintock (4-3).

— No. 13 Cienega (4-2) would be the No. 10 seed traveling to No. 10 Sunrise Mountain (4-2)

— No. 18 Nogales (4-2) would be the No. 15 seed traveling to No. 5 Higley (5-2).

Class 4A

— In 4A, the eight region champions automatically qualify as well as eight at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings.

— Salpointe would be the No. 2 seed in the Open Division state playoffs. Scottsdale Saguaro is the No. 5 team in the Open Division. That would mean all the other teams would move up two spots in the 4A state tournament bracket.

— No. 3 CDO (6-0) would be the top seed in the 4A state playoffs. No. 4 Sahuaro (6-1) would be the No. 2 seed.

— No. 7 Walden Grove (5-1) and No. 13 Pueblo (5-1) would also qualify.

Class 3A

— In 3A, the seven region champions automatically qualify as well as nine at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings.

— No. 7 Sabino (4-2) is the only 3A team from Southern Arizona that would be in the playoffs. Pusch Ridge (3-3) is presently rated too low at No. 19.

Class 2A

— In 2A, the seven region champions automatically qualify as well as nine at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings.

— No. 5 Santa Cruz Valley (5-2), No. 8 Bisbee (5-1) and No. 9 Benson (5-1) are in solid position to make the state playoffs.

Class 1A

— In 1A, the four region champions automatically qualify as well as eight at-large teams based on rankings. The seeding of the tournament is based on the rankings.

— No. 11 Baboquivari, located at Sells, is Southern Arizona’s only possibility to make the state playoffs as of now.

Open Division Rankings

Top eight rated teams from Class 4A-6A reach the Open Division state tournament.
No. SchoolClassRatingRecord
1.Chandler6A Premier25.4886 7-0
2.SALPOINTE 4A Kino21.1908 6-0
3.Centennial5A Northwest21.13886-1
4.Saguaro4A Desert Sky19.63367-1
5.Pinnacle6A Desert Valley18.6245 6-1
6.Campo Verde5A San Tran18.23997-0
7.CANYON DEL ORO4A Kino18.0526 7-0
8.Hamilton6A Premier17.5032 7-1
Salpointe senior safety Lathan Ransom (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

5A Rankings

Top 16 teams from Class 5A (that do not qualify for the Open Division state tournament) advance to the state playoffs. After the top 8 qualifying teams from Class 4A-6A are added to the open championship state tournament bracket and removed from the conference rankings (if applicable), remaining teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 16 and will make up the state tournament bracket. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to the overall ranking of the 16 teams.
No. SchoolOpen DivisionRatingRecord
1.CentennialNo. 321.1388 6-1
2.Campo VerdeNo. 618.2399 7-0
3.Notre Dame PrepNo. 917.29317-1
4.HorizonNo. 1016.8372 6-1
5.MillenniumNo. 1413.5345 5-2
6.HigleyNo. 1513.3028 5-2
7.Williams Field--11.4205 5-2
8.CIENEGA--9.5805 5-2
9.Sunnyslope--9.1188 4-3
10.Sunrise Mountain--8.8691 5-2
11.IRONWOOD RIDGE--7.5914 4-3
12.McClintock--7.3097 4-3
13Casteel--6.9990 4-3
14.BUENA--6.5335 5-2
15,Gilbert--6.1264 3-4
16.Ironwood--3.96315-2
17.Cactus Shadows--2.6026 4-3
18.Maricopa--1.2903 3-4
19.Paradise Valley--0.7717 5-2
20.DESERT VIEW--0.1982 4-3
Buena coach Joe Thomas (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

4A Rankings

Top 16 teams from Class 4A (that do not qualify for the Open Division state tournament) advance to the state playoffs. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. In 4A, after the top 8 rated qualifying teams from Class 4A-6A are added to the open championship state tournament bracket and removed from the conference rankings (if applicable), remaining teams will be re-seeded No. 1 through No. 16 and will make up the state tournament bracket. Eight automatic bids and eight at-large qualifiers based on ranking qualify. For any region champions that qualify for the open championship, the next highest ranked at-large qualifier will advance.
No. SchoolOpen DivisionRatingRecord
1.SALPOINTENo. 221.1908 6-0
2.SaguaroNo. 419.6336 6-1
3.CANYON DEL ORONo. 718.05267-0
4.SAHUARO12.1300 6-2
5.Desert Edge--11.7573 5-3
6.Gila Ridge--11.5099 7-0
7.Peoria--10.0968 6-1
8.WALDEN GROVE--10.04126-1
9.Cactus--9.3626 5-2
10.Mesquite--9.35275-2
11.Coconino--9.33857-0
12.Marcos de Niza--9.2629 5-2
13.PUEBLO--8.3579 6-1
14.Seton Catholic--6.9057 5-2
15.Greenway--5.4450 6-1
16.Prescott--5.1072 4-3
17.Casa Grande--4.9411 4-3
18.Tempe--4.9327 5-2
19.Arcadia--2.5804 5-3
20.Buckeye Union--1.7202 4-4

4A GILA

TeamRegConfOvrStk
Walden Grove3-04-17-1W5
Pueblo2-13-26-2L1
Amphi2-13-35-3W2
Rio Rico1-21-33-5W1
Palo Verde1-21-33-5L2
Douglas 0-30-32-6L4

4A KINO

TeamRegConfOvrStk
Salpointe3-05-07-0W7
Canyon del Oro2-15-17-1L1
Casa Grande2-15-25-3W1
Catalina Foothills1-22-33-5L1
Sahuaro1-22-26-2L2
Vista Grande0-30-70-8L8

3A Rankings

Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Seven (7) automatic bids and nine (9) at-large qualifiers based on ranking.
No. SchoolRatingRecord
1.Benjamin Franklin24.1832 7-0
2.ALA-Queen Creek20.8133 7-0
3.Northwest Christian 19.1409 6-1
4.Snowflake13.1862 5-2
5.Coolidge 13.1740 7-1
6.Blue Ridge12.0662 6-2
7.Valley Christian 10.5757 5-2
8.AZ College Prep 10.0158 6-1
9.SABINO9.9847 5-2
10.Yuma Catholic 9.7050 4-3
11.Safford 8.8928 5-2
12.River Valley 8.1324 5-2
13.Odyssey Institute7.5657 5-2
14.Winslow7.3233 7-1
15.ALA-Gilbert North6.6269 3-4
16.Payson 5.6030 6-1
17.Bourgade Catholic4.2824 5-2
18.PUSCH RIDGE4.13394-3
19.Ganado2.8180 4-2
20.Show Low 1.6131 3-4

3A SOUTH

TeamRegConfOvrStk
Safford3-06-16-2W5
Sabino3-04-16-2W3
Pusch Ridge2-13-24-4L1
Sahuarita1-23-34-4W1
Catalina0-30-50-8L8
Tanque Verde0-30-50-8L8
Sabino head coach Ryan McBrayer (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2A Rankings

Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. Seven (7) automatic bids and nine (9) at-large qualifiers based on ranking.
No. SchoolRatingRecord
1.Trivium Prep17.1978 7-0
2.Thatcher14.1743 5-2
3.Phoenix Christian 12.5560 7-1
4.SANTA CRUZ VALLEY12.5529 6-2
5.Round Valley 11.7606 4-2
6.Parker11.7105 7-1
7.Veritas Prep 8.2044 5-2
8.BISBEE7.2923 6-1
9.BENSON5.8873 5-2
10.St. Johns 5.5578 5-2
11.Arizona Lutheran 5.7463 6-1
12.Chandler Prep 4.2666 5-3
13.Scottsdale Prep 3.3855 4-2
14.Red Mesa1.4190 6-1
15.Morenci Jr./Sr. 0.78323-4
16.Miami 0.7174 5-2
17.Alchesay 0.3000 5-2
18.North Pointe Prep0.21914-3
19.Pima-0.1589 3-4
20.Antelope Union-0.3055 4-3

2A SAN PEDRO

TeamRegConfOvrStk
Benson3-06-26-2W1
Bisbee2-15-26-2L1
Willcox2-13-44-4W2
Tombstone1-22-62-6W1
Santa Rita 0-33-53-5L2
Benson football team (Benson photo)

1A Rankings

Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to the overall ranking of the 12 teams. Four (4) automatic bids and eight (8) at-large qualifiers based on ranking.
No. SchoolRatingRecord
1.Williams 14.2683 6-1
2.Bagdad12.0042 6-1
3.Superior Jr./Sr. 10.3234 6-1
4.Hayden 8.4089 6-1
5.Salome6.9040 5-2
6.Duncan5.3577 6-1
7. Mogollon 4.3261 5-3
8.Arete Prep 2.4487 4-3
9.Anthem Prep 1.5707 4-3
10.Joseph City 0.7162 4-3
11.Fort Thomas -0.5847 4-4
12.ST. DAVID-0.8087 4-3
13.BABOQUIVARI-1.3398 4-3
14.Ray-1.4405 3-5
15.NFL Yet HS and JH -2.7574 3-4

1A SOUTH

TeamRegConfOvrStk
Duncan5-07-17-1W4
St. David4-15-35-3W3
Baboquivari3-24-44-4L2
Fort Thomas2-35-45-4W2
Valley Union1-41-81-8L8
Cibecue0-50-80-8L7
Baboquivari football team (Baboquivari photo)

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