#16 Sahuaro v. #1 Skyline- Obviously I like Skyline in this one, they have played some quality opponents (Westview, Williams Field, Mesa) but despite Sahuaro's 5-5 record, they are better than people think. They have a quality win over Sunnyside and played Ironwood Ridge and Corona tough.
#9 O'Connor v. #8 Mesa- I think this is a great game. Mesa has lost to Highland and close to Williams Field and Skyline while OC has lost to Brophy, Desert Ridge and close to Apollo and Saguaro. Could go either way.
#12 Corona v. #5 Marcos- I was at the 1st game and it came down to the wire. Corona took the lead with 2 mins to play and Marcos answered with a long TD pass 12 seconds later. Marcos dominated the 1st half, Corona the second. Another quality match up that could go either way.
#13 Sunnyside v. #4 Ironwood Ridge- Other than a blow out loss to Williams Field, Sunnyside has been in every game. Ironwood Ridge has only lost to Hamilton and close to Queen Creek. Most of their games have been close as well. I like Ironwood Ridge in this game but wouldn't be surprised to see Sunnyside pull of an upset.
#14 Higley v. #3 Williams Field- WF played in a ton of close games including a 35-31 win over Higley. Higley got into the playoffs with a 4-6 record but go back and look at their schedule, it was brutal. Another one where I will go with the higher seed in WF but don't be surprised to see it become a close game.
#11 Tucson v. #6 Westview- The Knights only losses are to the top 2 seeds. Tucson's losses are to Ironwood Ridge, Cienega and Salpointe. I like Westview and their running game here.
#10 Apollo v. #7 Saguaro- Apollo played Saguaro tough a few weeks ago, the Hawks have some athletes. But we all know Saguaro does as well. I ranked Saguaro #1 in D2, I think it is crazy that they are a 7 seed when their only losses are to D1s Centennial and Pinnacle. Apollo is a team that I thought could make some noise in the playoffs, unfortunate that they face Saguaro in Round 1.
#15 Desert Mountain v. #2 Queen Creek- These teams went to OT in week 1 with QC winning. QC is battle tested, facing one of the toughest schedules in the state. Their RB is out but it allowed their passing game to develop. I saw DM play and I think they have some players. They went 6-4 and lost their last two games.
Favorites: Saguaro, Williams Field, Queen Creek, Skyline
Contenders: Ironwood Ridge, Westview
Sleeper: Mesa. The Jackrabbits have played some of the best teams in this division very closely.