Playoff Preview

The games become all that much more important. Losers go home now, we are playing for keeps. It is playoff time in Arizona!

The playoff brackets have been set and the "second season" is upon us. Here is 24-7Football.com's breakdown of each division; who we like, spoilers and the toughest match-ups.

4A2

#16 Flagstaff @ #1 Mingus
#9 Greenway @ #8 Washington
#12 Kellis @ #5 Bradshaw Mountain
#13 Coronado @ #4 Santa Rita
#14 Moon Valley @ #3 Notre Dame
#11 Palo Verde @ #6 Queen Creek
#10 Mohave @ #7 Higley
#15 Arcadia @ #2 Buckeye

Best Games:

Greenway/Washington- Greenway did a 180. After going winless last year, they return to the playoffs. Washington played a tough schedule, endured through it and won their region by going 4-1 and beating Notre Dame. Washington's only region loss came at the hands of the Demons. It is always tough to beat a team twice. Green head coach Mike Brown is notorious for being well prepared and throwing a wrench into the game. Washington's interceptions killed them in the regular season game. Mistakes are multiplied in the playoffs. This should be a good one.

Palo Verde/Queen Creek- PV was riding a 6 game win streak until they lost to Santa Rita in week 10. QC was 1-3 at the start of the season but kicked and clawed their way to the region title.

Surprise Team:

Santa Rita- Winless last year to #4 seed this year. No matter what they do, Jeff Scurran deserves a pat on the back.

Potential Upset:

Palo Verde over Queen Creek

Best Team with the Lowest Seed:

#7 Higley- They were on an 8 game win streak until Queen Creek beat them with a Hail Mary pass. I win probably would have given them a top 3 seed. They finished 8-2.

Here is a link to my game predictions.

4A1

#16 Agua Fria @ #1 Saguaro
#9 Nogales @ #8 Paradise Valley
#12 Lake Havasu @ #5 Chaparral
#13 Apache Junction @ #4 Millennium
#14 Prescott @ #3 Sabino
#11 Cienega @ #6 Canyon del Oro
#10 Marana @ #7 Peoria
#15 McClintock @ #2 Cactus

Best Games:

Nogales/Paradise Valley- Nogales had a great season but a lot of people questioned them because of an easy schedule. They showed they were legit when they beat Cienega. PV surprised everyone when they beat Chaparral. Their rushing attack will be tough to stop.

Marana/Peoria- This game features two of the better athletes in the state in Robert Rowe from Marana and Peoria's Jamal Miles. Expect a lot of points to be scored in this one.

Surprise Team:

Nogales- Who expected them to go 9-1?

Potential Upset:

Cienega over Canyon del Oro

Best Team with the Lowest Seed:

#10 Marana- Their three losses are to Chaparral, Peoria and CDO.

Link to my game predictions

5A2

#16 La Joya @ #1 Centennial
#9 Deer Valley @ #8 Desert Ridge
#12 Goldwater @ #5 Sunnyside
#13 Willow Canyon @ #4 Ironwood Ridge
#14 Ironwood @ #3 Marcos de Niza
#11 Skyline @ #6 Westview
#10 South Mountain @ #7 Marana Mt. View
#15 Cibola @ #2 Pinnacle

Best Games:

Deer Valley/Desert Ridge- DV started the year 1-3 losing to good Basha, Westview and Mt. View teams. They are on a 6 game win streak. Desert Ridge certainly scores a lot of points but they give up a lot too. This one will be a barn-burner.

Willow Canyon/Ironwood Ridge- Ridge won by 5 in a hard fought game in the Valley. This game is down in Tucson but it is tough to beat a team twice.

Surprise Team:

Willow Canyon- The Wildcats moved up from 4A1 and won 7 games.

Potential Upset:

Willow Canyon over Ironwood Ridge

Best Team with the Lowest Seed:

#12 Goldwater- The Bulldogs are better then their 6-4 record. They play hard and run the ball well. They get a tough draw in Sunnyside in round 1.

Link to my game predictions.

5A1

#16 Mesquite @ #1 Hamilton
#9 Westwood @ #8 Mt. Ridge
#12 Mesa @ #5 Corona del Sol
#13 Salpointe @ #4 Brophy
#14 Gilbert @ #3 Mt. View
#11 Desert Vista @ #6 Chandler
#10 Basha @ #7 Dobson
#15 North Canyon @ #2 Red Mountain

Best Games:

Mesa/Corona- Look for a lot of running in this game. Corona is hot, winner of 8 straight but Mesa is battle tested coming out of the tough East Valley Region.

Gilbert/Mt. View- A classic chess match from two old school coaches.

Surprise Team:

Gilbert- I really underestimated the Tigers. They lost a ton of talent but played awfully well and were in every game. Their 4 losses were by a total of 29 points.

Potential Upset:

Desert Vista over Chandler

Best Team with the Lowest Seed:

#14 Gilbert- They have a tough game in round one but expect them to be in the game.

Link to my game predictions.


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