Six local teams qualify for AIA football playoffs

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DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

The Arizona Interscholastic Association released the 2018 playoff brackets Oct. 27 and six local teams advanced to the playoffs that begin Nov. 2.
In their first season in the state’s top division, Peoria Liberty (9-1) qualified as the No. 4 ranked team and will face No. 13 Avondale Westview (8-2) at Liberty High School Nov. 2 in the first round.
The top five teams in 6A are No. 1 Chandler (9-1); No. 2 Phoenix Pinnacle (9-1); No. 3 Phoenix Desert Vista (9-1); No. 4 Peoria Liberty (9-1) and No. 5 Gilbert Highland (9-1).
The 6A semifinals will be held Nov. 16 with the 6A Championship game 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Arizona State Sun Devil Stadium.
In Division 5A, Peoria Centennial (10-0) qualified No. 1, while Peoria Sunrise Mountain (7-3) qualified No. 7 and both teams will host first round games.
The Coyotes will host No. 16 Phoenix Sunnyslope (5-5) in the first round Nov. 2 at Centennial High School.  If the Coyotes win, they will face the winner of No. 8 Vail Cienega (8-2) versus No. 9 Tucson Marana (7-3) in the quarterfinals Nov. 9 at the higher ranked team’s field.
Peoria Sunrise Mountain will host No. 10 Gilbert Campo Verde (6-4) in the first round 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Sunrise Mountain High School. If the Mustangs win, they will face the winner of No. 2 Gilbert Williams Field (9-1) versus No. 15 Maricopa (5-5) in the quarterfinals Nov. 9 at the higher ranked team’s field.
The top five teams in 5A are No. 1 Centennial (10-0); No. 2 Gilbert Williams Field (9-1); No. 3 Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep (10-0); No. 4 Queen Creek Casteel (8-2) and No. 5 Gilbert Higley (7-3).
The 5A semifinals will be held Nov. 16 with the 5A Championship Game 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Arizona State Sun Devil Stadium.
In 4A, Peoria (9-1) qualified No. 4 while Glendale Cactus (7-3) qualified No. 7 and will both host first round games. Glendale (9-1) qualified No. 12 and start the playoffs on the road.
No. 12 Glendale (9-1) advanced to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years after rebounding from their first loss to end the season with a 57-6 victory over Dysart to end up No. 12. Glendale will travel to No. 5 Tucson Sahuaro (8-2) in the first round 7 p.m. Nov. 2.
Peoria will host No. 13 Chandler Seton Catholic Prep (7-3) 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Peoria High School.
If the Panthers win, they will face the winner of No. 5 Tucson Sahuaro (8-2) versus No. 12 Glendale (9-1) in the quarterfinals Nov. 9 at the higher ranked team’s field.
Cactus (7-3) qualified No. 7 after dropping their final game of the season 37-31 to Peoria, but will host No. 10 Tucson Canyon del Oro (7-3) in the first round. If the Cobras win, they will face the winner of No. 2 Scottsdale Saguaro (9-1) versus No. 15 Goodyear Estrella Foothills (6-4) in the quarterfinals Nov. 9 at the higher ranked team’s field.
The top five teams in 4A are No. 1 Salpointe Catholic (10-0); No. 2 Scottsdale Saguaro (9-1); No. 3 Desert Edge (7-3); No. 4 Peoria (9-1) and No. 5 Sahuaro (8-2). The semifinals are Nov. 16 with the 4A Championship Game scheduled for Nov. 30 at a site to be determined.

 

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