Pedersen Prep Football Preview

There are three weeks left in the high school football season, and things are starting to shape up in terms of playoff participants.

And by shape up, I mean ... almost nothing is settled. But a lot of teams are in good shape, assuming they can continue on a positive track.

Of the 17 or so local teams that can safely be considered in playoff contention, only one — Salpointe Catholic — could lay down and take a nap for three weeks and still make the playoffs. The Lancers (7-0) aren't going to do that, though, as they'd like to stay rated No. 1 in the Division II power points in order to assure staying in Southern Arizona for the entirety of the playoffs.

(That's assuming the rumors the AIA plans on playing the D-II and D-III title games at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 29 and 30 are true)

Salpointe's last two regular season games will be good pre-playoff tests, most likely against fellow postseason participants. Then there's tonight's visit from Casa Grande Vista Grande (2-5), a team that has scored 37 points all season and has been outscored 129-0 the last three games.

The running clock will probably start so early the Salpointe sideline watchers will be home by 9 p.m.

Thankfully, a couple of the remaining matchups involving playoff teams are far more competitive.

Division II
Rincon/University (0-7) at No. 7 Tucson High (6-1)
No. 15 Sierra Vista Buena (4-3) at No. 9 Sahuaro (6-1)
No. 16 Mountain View (4-3) at No. 10 Ironwood Ridge (5-2)
Desert View (1-6) at No. 18 Sunnyside (4-3)

Division III
No. 7 Sabino (5-2) at Cholla (1-6)
Marana (4-3) at No. 8 Canyon del Oro (6-1)
No. 15 Catalina Foothills (5-2) at Casa Grande (2-5)

Division IV
No. 11 Rio Rico (5-2) at No. 22 Amphitheater (4-3)
No. 23 Walden Grove (3-4) at No. 14 Palo Verde (5-2)

Division V
No. 9 Pusch Ridge Christian (5-2) at San Carlos (2-4)
No. 16 Benson (4-3) at Tanque Verde (2-5)