FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
5A Buena (2-0) at 5A Salpointe (1-0), 7 p.m.
Salpointe holds a 24-11-1 record over Buena dating back to 1972 including the last 19 wins in a row dating back to 1993. The last meeting was a 56-0 win for Salpointe in 2015. Buena lost in the semifinal round to Mountain View in 1983 and the Colts made it to the quarterfinals in 1977. They beat Salpointe twice that year including the first round of the 3A playoffs.
The Lancers have been to the state final three times since winning it all in 2013 and the Lancers finished in third place in Open Division last year.
Both squads are trying to get five games in to qualify for the state playoffs and this game is expected to be a good one.
3A Pusch Ridge (2-1) at 3A Safford (2-0), 7 p.m.
The two teams are knotted at 2-2 since 2016. Control of the 3A South Region is at stake.
Pusch Ridge Christian Academy becomes post season eligible with their fourth game. The top two teams in each of the 3A regions will earn an automatic berth and the Lions control their own destiny.
2A Bisbee (0-3) at 2A Benson (2-0), 7 p.m.
Benson becomes post season eligible with the third game completed.
Benson holds a 22-8-2 record over Bisbee dating back to 1982 and the Bobcats won 44-18 last year.
2A Tombstone (0-3) at 2A Morenci (3-0), 7 p.m.
Morenci holds a 24-6 record over Tombstone dating back to 1982 including the last nine in a row.
2A Pima (0-1) at 2A Willcox (1-0), 7 p.m.
Willcox holds an 18-4 edge on Pima dating back to 1950.
2A Wellton Antelope (0-1) at 2A Santa Cruz (3-0), 7 p.m.
Santa Cruz is cruising along. Hunter Ogle has 646 yards rushing with 12 TDs which puts him with 3,038 career rushing yards and 40 TDs.
1A Scottsdale Cicero Prep (1-2) at 1A St. David (3-0), 6 p.m.
St. David can move to 4-0 on the year and be in total control of their own destiny, surely headed as one of the top four seeds in the state bracket.
1A San Manuel (2-0) at 1A Valley Union (1-2), 6 p.m.
The Miners are having a successful year in the 1A Conference. A 3-0 start would be the first since 2011. San Manuel host St. David next Friday.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 (Proposed)
5A Salpointe at 5A Marana, 7 p.m.
5A Sunnyside at 5A Ironwood Ridge, 7 p.m.
5A Desert View at 5A Nogales, 7 p.m.
5A Mountain View at 5A Flowing Wells, 7 p.m.
5A Cienega at 4A Canyon del Oro, 7 p.m.
5A Buena at 4A Casa Grande, 7 p.m.
4A Empire at 4A Rio Rico, 7 p.m.
4A Douglas at 4A Walden Grove, 7 p.m.
3A Sahuarita at 4A Amphitheater, 7 p.m.
3A Pusch Ridge at 3A San Tan Foothills, 7 p.m.
2A Santa Cruz at 2A Sequoia Pathway, 7 p.m.
2A Willcox at 2A Bisbee, 7 p.m.
2A Benson at 2A Morenci, 7 p.m.
2A Pima at 2A Tombstone, 7 p.m.
1A Valley Union at 1A Ft. Thomas, 6 p.m.
1A St. David at 1A San Manuel, 6 p.m.
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