First AIA/MaxPreps Football Power Rankings to be released today


Who will be ranked and how high? (Andy Morales/

Who will be ranked and how high? (Andy Morales/

The first football power rankings will be released this morning. HERE are the specifics on the Ranking System.

The top team in each region will earn an automatic berth to the state playoffs while the rest of the playoff field will be seeded according to rank. As always, a region champion that ranks below the “Top 16” will bump another team out of the state playoffs.

In the 6A Southern Region, the top Tucson team will play the top Yuma team in a one-game playoff to determine region champion. The 1A Conference playoffs will consist of 12 teams.

Football Schedule for Friday, Sept. 30

BYE Tucson (3-3)
BYE Sunnyside (2-4)
BYE Rincon/UHS (2-4)
Desert View (5-0) at Cholla (1-4) Region
Flowing Wells (3-2) vs. Marana (3-2) Region
Buena 0-5 vs. Sahuaro (1-4) Region
Cienega (5-0) at Salpointe (4-1)
Ironwood Ridge (4-1) vs. Mountain View (4-1) Region
Canyon del Oro (3-2) vs. Catalina Foothills (4-1) Region
Nogales (3-2) vs. Walden Grove (2-3) Region
Amphitheater (3-2) vs. Sahuarita (1-4)
Douglas (3-2) vs. Palo Verde (2-4) Region
Pueblo (3-2) at Rio Rico (2-3) Region
Catalina (0-5) vs. Sabino (4-1) Region
Empire (1-4) at Pusch Ridge (3-2) Region
Tanque Verde (2-4) vs. Santa Rita (1-4) Region
Safford (2-4) at Coolidge (1-5) Region
Benson (4-1) at San Manuel (0-6) Region
Bisbee (2-3) at Willcox (2-3) Region
Santa Cruz (4-0) vs. Tombstone (4-1) Region
Thatcher (5-1) at St. Johns (5-0) Region
Baboquivari (2-4) at St. David (4-1) Region
Patagonia (1-3) at Trivium Prep (2-4) Region
Valley Union (4-1) vs. Joseph City (4-1) Region

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at

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