FOOTBALL: Playoff spots are still up for grabs midway through the season


Marana defeated Catalina Foothills Friday night. (Brad Allis Photo)

Marana defeated Catalina Foothills Friday night. (Brad Allis Photo)

We are now at least five games into the regular season and some teams have played section games and some have not. As you know, the section winners will earn an automatic berth to the state playoffs while the rest will be fighting for an at-large bid.

Quite a few teams started out well against opponents outside their division but are struggling now. This is sure to cause a major shift in media rankings but the real rankings will start to sort things out come Tuesday when the AIA/MaxPreps seedings start coming out.

Let’s take a look at what this all means for Southern Arizona, especially since all the Division II schools from the south have yet to enter into section play:


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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at



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