In 3A, Window Rock and Parker made it in the playoffs – even I knew WR was a long shot to make it, but the chips fell the right way and in they are.
But Parker was a complete surprise. Coach JP called for a win over River Valley, but I didn’t think the stars would align correctly to get Parker in – they had a lot of help from bonus points from other teams.
Over in 2A, Red Mesa is getting a home date in the first round and that will probably be the difference in their game – travelling up to Red Mesa from Cochise County is Willcox – that’s almost an 8 hr drive.
The heavyweights in 2A are all on the same side of the bracket too – Benson, St. Johns, Scottsdale Christian, Valley Christian, and underseeded Thatcher are all going to have to eliminate each other to get out of the bracket, with Benson having the easiest path as the #2 seed.
Now I’m working on a football playoff committee proposal. Hopefully it will address these issues and make things right in the future.