Tucson High School Sports

Frog & Firkin High School Football Report: Week 9 Rankings From Open Division to Class 2A

Playoff scenarios for Southern Arizona teams if season ended today:

Open Division

— Salpointe (8-0) would be the No. 2 seed. The top eight rated teams 4A-6A advance to the Open Division state playoffs.

Open Division Rankings

Top eight rated teams from Class 4A-6A reach the Open Division state tournament.
No. SchoolClassRatingRecord
1.Chandler6A Premier24.98019-0
2.SALPOINTE 4A Kino22.8773 8-0
3.Saguaro4A Desert Sky21.1677 8-1
4.Centennial5A Northwest21.07438-1
5.Hamilton6A Premier19.6009 8-1
6.Pinnacle6A Desert Valley18.9671 7-2
7.Horizon5A Northeast Valley18.3159 8-1
8.Higley5A San Tran17.3658 7-2
13.CANYON DEL ORO4A Kino14.9210 8-1
Salpointe is destined to be a high seed in the first Open Division playoff in the state’s history (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Class 6A

— Tucson (3-6) is ranked No. 26. The top 16 after the removal of teams to the Open Division qualify for the 6A state playoffs. The Badgers play the last game of their season Friday at Trevor G. Browne in Phoenix.

Class 5A

— Four Southern Arizona teams are ranked high enough presently to make the 5A state playoffs after the removal of 5A powers Centennial, Horizon and Higley to the Open Division state playoffs. They are No. 10 Cienega (7-2), No. 11 Buena (7-2), No. 14 Ironwood Ridge (5-4) and No. 19 Mountain View (5-4). Cienega and Buena are in position to host a playoff game in the opening round. Unfortunately for Mountain View, the Mountain Lions actually dropped a spot in the rankings after beating Desert View last week for the 5A Sonoran title. Matt Johnson’s team would be the last team in the 5A state playoffs as a No. 16 seed if the season ended today. The Mountain Lions host No. 34 Flowing Wells (2-7) on Friday. A victory may not help their cause because of the Caballeros’ ranking.

Mountain View coach Matt Johnson talks to his team after the 21-14 win over Desert View (Javier 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. 321.0743 8-1
2.HorizonNo. 718.3159 8-1
3.HigleyNo. 817.3658 7-2
4.Notre Dame PrepNo. 916.36908-1
5.Williams FieldNo. 1215.3332 7-2
6.MillenniumNo. 1414.3898 7-2
7.Campo VerdeNo. 1613.9041 7-2
8.Sunrise Mountain--11.6830 7-2
9.Casteel--11.2818 6-3
10.CIENEGA--10.2197 7-2
11.BUENA--9.3075 7-2
12.Sunnyslope--8.6049 5-4
13.McClintock--7.79966-3
14.IRONWOOD RIDGE--6.2317 5-4
15,Gilbert--4.3979 3-6
16.Cactus Shadows--4.3895 5-4
17.Verrado--2.9004 4-5
18.Ironwood--2.6372 5-4
19.MOUNTAIN VIEW--2.5764 5-4
20.South Mountain--0.4007 6-3

Class 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 (8-0) would be the No. 2 seed in the Open Division state playoffs. Scottsdale Saguaro is the only other 4A team in the Open Division at No. 3. CDO (8-1) is the No. 3-rated 4A team (behind Salpointe and Saguaro) and would be the top seed in the 4A state playoffs if the season ended today. Sahuaro (7-2) would be the No. 2 seed of the 4A bracket. The Cougars are ranked No. 4 in the 4A. The other Southern Arizona teams that would be among the top 16 seeds presently are No. 6 Walden Grove (8-1) and No. 14 Pueblo (7-2). Three of the four top-seeded teams in the 4A state playoffs would be from Southern Arizona — CDO, Sahuaro and Walden Grove. CDO must take care of business at No. 16 Casa Grande (5-4) on Friday to secure that top seed.

CDO is in position to be the top seed in the 4A state playoffs if the Dorados can win at Casa Grande on Friday (Javier 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. 222.8773 8-0
2.SaguaroNo. 321.1677 8-1
3.CANYON DEL ORONo. 1314.9210 8-1
4.SAHUARO13.1681 7-2
5.Desert Edge--12.9108 6-3
6.WALDEN GROVE--12.2699 8-1
7.Cactus--11.7670 7-2
8.Gila Ridge--11.4997 9-0
9.Peoria--11.0616 8-1
10.Mesquite--10.3095 7-2
11.Coconino--8.3205 8-1
12.Greenway--7.8325 8-1
13.Prescott--7.1684 6-3
14.PUEBLO--6.3566 7-2
15.Marcos de Niza--5.9360 5-4
16.Casa Grande--5.2513 5-4
17.Tempe--3.4956 6-3
18.Seton Catholic--3.1298 5-4
19.Glendale--3.0024 7-2
20.Flagstaff--2.9089 6-3

4A GILA

*Denotes region champion. Region champion automatically qualifies for state playoffs. Top 16-rated teams are in 4A playoffs after removal of teams that qualify for Open Division playoffs.
TeamRegConfOvrStk
No. 6 Walden Grove*4-05-18-1W6
No. 16 Pueblo3-14-27-2W1
No. 26 Amphi2-23-45-4L1
No. 40 Douglas 1-31-33-6W1
No. 34 Rio Rico1-31-43-6L1
No. 38 Palo Verde1-31-43-6L3

4A KINO

*Denotes region champion. #Denotes presently in Open Division. Region champion automatically qualifies for state playoffs. Top 16-rated teams are in 4A playoffs after removal of teams that qualify for Open Division playoffs.
TeamRegConfOvrStk
No. 1 Salpointe*#4-06-08-0W8
No. 3 Canyon del Oro3-16-18-1W1
No. 4 Sahuaro2-23-27-2W1
No. 14 Casa Grande2-25-35-4L1
No. 25 Catalina Foothills1-32-43-6L2
No. 46 Vista Grande0-40-80-9L9

Class 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. 8 Sabino (7-2) is the only 3A team from Southern Arizona that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today with No. 20 Pusch Ridge (4-5) four spots out. The Sabercats host No. 10 Safford for the 3A South title Friday. The winner will have a strong possibility of being a host in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Sabino head coach Ryan McBrayer (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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 Franklin21.4986 8-1
2.Northwest Christian 19.3536 8-1
3.ALA-Queen Creek18.9518 8-1
4.Snowflake13.2823 7-2
5.Coolidge 12.8048 8-1
6.Blue Ridge11.9189 7-2
7.Valley Christian 11.7934 7-2
8.SABINO11.0578 7-2
9.ALA-Gilbert North10.7978 5-4
10.Safford 9.8028 7-2
11.AZ College Prep 8.7657 7-2
12.Odyssey Institute8.75497-2
13.Payson 8.5634 8-1
14.Yuma Catholic 7.9944 5-4
15.River Valley 7.1507 6-2
16.Winslow4.9796 7-2
17.Ganado4.1244 6-2
18.Florence3.0742 3-6
19.Fountain Hills2.5797 4-5
20.PUSCH RIDGE1.5536 4-5

3A SOUTH

Region champion automatically qualifies for 3A state playoffs. Seven region champions and nine at-large teams (16 teams) are seeded by ratings in the state tournament.
TeamRegConfOvrStk
No. 12 Safford4-07-17-2W6
No. 8 Sabino4-05-17-2W4
No. 17 Pusch Ridge2-23-34-5L2
No. 25 Sahuarita1-33-44-5L1
No. 39 Catalina1-31-51-8W1
No. 37 Tanque Verde0-40-60-9L9

Class 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. 4 Santa Cruz Valley (7-2), No. 9 Benson (6-2), No. 10 Bisbee (6-2) and No. 16 Willcox (5-4) are in position to make the playoffs if the season ended today. Willcox, which has won three consecutive games and is presently the last qualifying team, plays at Benson in a likely do-or-die game for its playoff hopes Friday.

Benson football is in position for the 2A state playoffs (Benson photo)

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.Round Valley 15.4324 6-2
2.Trivium Prep14.4482 8-0
3.Phoenix Christian 12.6665 8-1
4.SANTA CRUZ VALLEY12.3744 7-2
5.Parker11.4802 8-1
6.Thatcher9.8377 5-4
7.Veritas Prep 9.3076 7-2
8.St. Johns 9.2160 7-2
9.BENSON6.30036-3
10.BISBEE5.5064 7-2
11.Arizona Lutheran 4.2574 7-3
12.Chandler Prep 3.2966 6-3
13.Antelope Union2.9980 6-3
14.Morenci Jr./Sr. 1.6280 4-5
15.Red Mesa0.98828-1
16.WILLCOX0.3903 5-4
17.Alchesay 0.1213 7-2
18.Miami -0.9846 6-3
19.Scottsdale Prep -1.5814 4-4
20.Pima-1.9776 3-5

2A SAN PEDRO

Region champion automatically qualifies for 2A state playoffs. Seven region champions and nine at-large teams (16 teams) are seeded by ratings in the state tournament.
TeamRegConfOvrStk
No. 9 Benson3-06-36-3L1
No. 10 Bisbee2-16-27-2W1
No. 17 Willcox2-14-45-4W3
No. 32 Tombstone1-22-72-7L1
No. 29 Santa Rita 0-43-63-6L3

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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