Benson, Willcox in 2A playoffs; Tanque Verde comes close but not in 16-team field

Tanque Verde finished rated the No. 16 team in 2A according to the AIA’s power ratings, but two region champions ranked below Jay Dobyns’ Hawks bumped them from the 16-team state playoff field.

No. 20 Trivium Prep (5-4) won the 2A Hassaympa title and No. 22 Red Mesa (4-2) captured the 2A San Juan championship.

Tanque Verde can take some pride in achieving the first winning season and most wins in program history (since 2007) with a 6-3 record. In his two seasons with the once-moribund program, Dobyns, a former Sahuaro and Arizona standout, is 9-3.

He took over the Hawks when they were on a 15-game losing streak.

Sequoia Pathway, the 2A Rillito champions with a 7-3 record, is the No. 14 seed and they will play No. 3 Benson (7-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. The Bobcats earned the 2A San Pedro championship.

Willcox (7-2) will represent Southern Arizona as the No. 9 seed opening at No. 8 Holbrook (7-2) on Friday.

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