Playoff scenario for Southern Arizona teams if season ended today:
— Salpointe (5-0) would be the No. 2 seed hosting No. 7 Pinnacle (5-1) in the opening round.
— 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.
— 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).
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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 RankingsTop eight rated teams from Class 4A-6A reach the Open Division state tournament.
|4.||Saguaro||4A Desert Sky||19.6336||7-1|
|5.||Pinnacle||6A Desert Valley||18.6245||6-1|
|6.||Campo Verde||5A San Tran||18.2399||7-0|
|7.||CANYON DEL ORO||4A Kino||18.0526||7-0|
5A RankingsTop 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.
|2.||Campo Verde||No. 6||18.2399||7-0|
|3.||Notre Dame Prep||No. 9||17.2931||7-1|
4A RankingsTop 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.
|3.||CANYON DEL ORO||No. 7||18.0526||7-0|
|12.||Marcos de Niza||--||9.2629||5-2|
|Canyon del Oro||2-1||5-1||7-1||L1|
3A RankingsBased 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.
|8.||AZ College Prep||10.0158||6-1|
2A RankingsBased 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.
|4.||SANTA CRUZ VALLEY||12.5529||6-2|
|18.||North Pointe Prep||0.2191||4-3|
2A SAN PEDRO
1A RankingsBased 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.
|15.||NFL Yet HS and JH||-2.7574||3-4|
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