Football playoffs are in full swing in Class 1A to 3A and the last regular season games this week in 4A to 6A include key matchups that will impact the postseason.
My brother Andy and I discussed the top games that will be played this Friday and Saturday in our latest Jet Sports Training High School Preview Podcast:
Here is the schedule this week:
No. 24 Corona del Sol 52, No. 38 Tucson 7. The Badgers finish 1-9 in Richard Sanchez’s first season.
No. 3 Salpointe (7-2) at No. 32 Flowing Wells (4-6). Lancers have already clinched the 5A Southern title and are looking to strengthen chance at hosting through the semifinal round in the state playoffs.
No. 4 Desert View (8-1) at No. 40 Cholla (1-6). Desert View also playing for opportunity for early-round home games.
No. 15 Ironwood Ridge (5-4) at No. 14 Marana (7-2). Winner strengthens playoff bid. Loser on the fence.
No. 24 Sunnyside (5-4) at No. 34 Nogales (3-6). Glenn Posey looking to lead the Blue Devils to their first winning season since 2015, the last year he coached on his previous stint at his alma mater.
No. 25 Mountain View (3-6) at No. 26 Buena (2-6). Both teams playing for pride in their last game of the season.
DONE: No. 10 Cienega (7-3) and No. 42 Rincon (1-9). The Bobcats won by forfeit over Rincon/University in this week’s games. The 5A Sonoran champs are rated high enough to be in the playoffs. Will they host in the first round?
No. 14 Canyon del Oro (5-4) at No. 38 Sahuaro (1-7). Is CDO’s power rating strong enough to keep it in playoff contention? It should be but the Dorados won’t know their fate until the brackets are announced Saturday.
No. 15 Mica Mountain (3-2) at No. 12 Bradshaw Mountain (6-3). Mica Mountain has a very good chance of qualifying for the state playoffs in their first season at the varsity level despite playing only six games.
No. 36 Douglas (2-5) at No. 24 Catalina Foothills (5-4). Daniel Sainz’s Falcons have already clinched the 4A Gila title, impressive inasmuch as this is Sainz’s first year as a head coach.
No. 31 Amphitheater (4-4) at No. 47 Rio Rico (0-7). Amphi playing for a winning season in heralded running back Kiko Trejo’s last game at the high school level.
No. 32 Empire (5-5) at 5A No. 18 Sunnyslope (5-4). Empire scheduled this game last week for a chance to compete for another win, which if that happens, will give the Ravens a winning record for only the second time in the last eight years.
No. 37 Pueblo (3-5) at No. 30 Walden Grove (3-6). Pueblo is looking to end Jake Allen’s second season on a winning note while Walden Grove wants to finish winning its last two games.
No. 9 Sabino (8-2) at No. 1 ALA-Gilbert North (9-1). The winner moves on to the 3A state semifinals at Campo Verde next Saturday.
No. 11 St. Johns (7-4) at No. 3 Benson (8-2). The Bobcats are looking for a return trip to the semifinals and then championship after last year’s magical run when they had no seniors.
No. 8 Willcox (8-2) at No. 1 Parker (10-0). Willcox must travel 350 miles to play top-seed Parker for the chance to reach the semifinals.
No. 1 Mogollon (11-0) vs. No. 2 St. David (10-1) at Coronado, 6 p.m. St. David is in search of its first state title in 20 years. The Tigers go against a team that has beaten teams by an average margin of 54 points this season. Mogollon’s closest game? That was when they hosted St. David on Sept. 16 and won 48-26.