Four teams from the six-team 3A South have qualified for the state playoffs with No. 1 Thatcher, No. 3 Pusch Ridge and No. 7 Sabino all hosting first round games Friday and No. 16 Benson traveling to play the top-seeded Eagles.
Thatcher (10-0) and Benson (5-5) will play each other for the second time. The Eagles beat the Bobcats 51-0 at home on Oct. 7.
Pusch Ridge (9-1), which lost only to Thatcher in the regular season, opens against No. 14 ALA – West Foothills (5-5). The Lions defeated the Guardians — in their first season at the varsity level — by a score of 37-7 in the season opener at Pusch Ridge.
Sabino (7-3) will host No. 10 San Tan Foothills (7-3).
AllSportsTucson.com will have more on the playoffs as the week progresses.
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