Salpointe, Sabino, CDO and Pusch Ridge earn section championshipsby Andy Morales on Oct. 25, 2013, under Sports
There are six Divisions (D-VI is 8-man football) in Arizona and each Division is made up of 5 to 7 Sections based on the number of teams in the Division. The top team in each section will get an automatic berth to the state playoffs – not based on points or won-loss record but on how they finished against each other.
Salpointe won Section 5 of Division II after they beat Ironwood Ridge and Tucson lost to Mountain View. The last game between the Badgers and the Lancers lost a bit of its status but Tucson High can still have an effect on seeding for the state playoffs.
Sahuaro will have to wait until week 10 where they can win their section if they beat Cienega.
Sabino took care of their section in D-III and CDO won theirs.
In D-IV, Sahuarita needs to beat Palo Verde to claim their championship. Thatcher and Morenci are both undefeated heading into their game in week 10.
Pusch Ridge won their section in D-V.
This is how each section is shaping up:
Division II/Section 2
Sahuaro (8-1) 4-0 in the section.
Games remaining: Cienega.
Playoff status: Enough seeding points to make the 16-team bracket regardless of section play but would like to be in the top 8 so they can host a first-round game. Last game against Cienega is for section championship if Buena loses. Complicated.
Cienega (4-5) 3-1
Games remaining: Sahuaro.
Playoff status: Remarkably, if Buena loses once more and they beat Sahuaro then they will be section champs. Only section loss is to Buena.
Division II/Section 5
Salpointe (9-0) 4-0 (Section Champions)
Division III/Section 2
Sabino (7-2) 4-0 (Section Champions)
Division III/Section 5
Canyon del Oro (8-1) 4-0 (Section Champions)
Division IV/Section 2
Sahuarita (6-3) 4-1
Games remaining: Palo Verde
Playoff status: Should get in regardless but they control own destiny.
Safford (7-2) 4-1
Games remaining: Walden Grove.
Playoff status: Losing to Sahuarita means Safford needs some help to win the section.
Division V/Section 3
Thatcher (8-1) 5-0
Games remaining: Morenci.
Playoff status: In regardless but final game against Morenci will be for the section championship.
Division V/Section 6
Pusch Ridge (8-1) 5-0 (Section Champions)