The seeding in the 5A Conference held true to form with all four of the top seeds advancing to the semifinal round of the state playoffs including No. 1 Horizon which held off No. 9 Cienega 48-21 Friday night at home. Horizon (10-2) will host No. 4 Desert Mountain (11-1) next Friday night for a shot at the state championship game to be played Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. in Sun Devil Stadium.
Cienega (8-4) started the season out 1-3 but the Bobcats won seven in a row from there, including a 47-36 upset win at No. 8 Verrado in the first round last week. That win is still the only upset in the 5A state playoffs entering the semifinal round. Desert Mountain held off No. 5 Sunrise Mountain 17-8 to set up the match with Horizon next Friday. No. 2 Salpointe (10-2) will host No. 3 Desert Edge (10-2) in the other semifinal match….
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— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) November 27, 2021
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26
5A CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 2 Salpointe 45, No. 7 Scottsdale Notre Dame 42
No. 3 Goodyear Desert Edge 31, No. 6 Desert View 13
No. 1 Scottsdale Horizon 45, No. 9 Cienega 21
4A CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 4 Glendale 38, No. 12 Canyon del Oro 27
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
5A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
No. 3 Goodyear Desert Edge (10-2) at No. 2 Salpointe (10-2), 7 p.m.
RECAP: No. 6 Desert View finishes season 10-2 following loss at No. 3 Desert Edge in the 5A quarterfinals tonight. Illustrious careers of RB Serge Gboweiah and Carlos Alvarez come to close with each scoring TD run and combining for 132 yards rushing. https://t.co/6wKSrHNDFq
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) November 27, 2021
And will do it, Salpointe hangs on to defeat Norte Dame Prep 45-42. Salpointe advances to take on Desert Edge next week. pic.twitter.com/sPydX6aGjp
— AllSportsTucson.com (@AllSportsTucson) November 27, 2021
FINAL: No. 4 Glendale defeats No. 12 Canyon del Oro 38-27 pic.twitter.com/M5CSbyoJaI
— Brittany Bowyer (@LittWithBritt) November 27, 2021
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