No. 9 San Manuel plays at No. 8 Superior Friday in first round of 1A state playoffs

The San Manuel Miners finished their regular season 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the 1A South after Friday’s 40-6 win over visiting Baboquivari and their performance merited them a No. 9 seed in the state playoffs that start Friday.

San Manuel, which finished one game behind No. 2 St. David (8-1, 6-0) in the 1A South standings, will travel to No. 8 Superior (6-3) on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The winner will play at No. 1 Hayden (9-0) in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28. Superior lost to Hayden 74-14 at home on Oct. 8.

7. SAN MANUEL (6-2, 5-0)

Head coach: Ernest Ivy
Miners compete in the 1A South (8-man football). *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/18at Mogollon L, 38-00-10-0
8/25at Cicero PrepL, 38-340-20-0
9/1Duncan*W, 50-121-21-0
9/8Desert HeightsW, 45-302-21-0
9/15Valley Union*W, 35-83-22-0
9/22at Fort Apache*W, 62-124-23-0
9/29St. David*W, 16-14 OT5-24-0
10/6Ray*W, 40-66-25-0
10/13at Baboquivari*------

St. David will host its quarterfinal-round game against the winner of No. 10 El Capitan Academy (6-3) and No. 7 Bagdad (7-3).

St. David defeated Bagdad 70-20 at home on Sept. 1.

The Tigers lost their first game of the season Friday night, 28-19 at Hayden in what could be the preview of the state championship game.

9. ST. DAVID (5-3, 5-1)

Head coach: Braden Davis
Tigers compete in the 1A South (8-man football). *Region game. Games at 7 p.m.
8/18at Ray*W, 50-81-01-0
8/25at Baboquivari*W, 47-82-02-0
9/1at Bagdad.L, 29-72-12-0
9/8Duncan*W, 45-143-13-0
9/15at MogollonL, 44-83-23-0
9/22Valley Union*W, 49-144-24-0
9/29at San Manuel*L, 16-14 OT4-34-1
10/6Fort Thomas*W, 76-345-35-1

St. David led Hayden 19-14 entering the fourth quarter before Hayden took the lead for good on a touchdown pass with 9:55 remaining.

“Tough game. … Tough environment,” St. Davis coach Braden Davis mentioned. “We moved the ball well. Got the first downs. They forced one punt. We forced three. It was a very close game.

“We needed better production with PATs. Needed to take better care of the ball. Two turnovers were very costly. Both were deep in their territory. We dropped an easy pick (interception). Just didn’t work out, but Hayden is very good. They played well.”

The 1A semifinal round is scheduled Nov. 4 and 5 at Scottsdale Coronado High School, where the championship game will also be played on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

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