Jakim McKinney rushes againt Desert Ridge in the fourth quarter on Thursday, October 12th. (Photo: Carlos Salcedo/azcentral sports)
The Arizona high school football brackets are set. Get all the matchups and a breakdown for each division here. We’ll update each week with the latest scores.
6A football tournament bracket
Friday, Nov. 3
No. 16 Yuma Cibola at No. 1 Phoenix Mountain Pointe, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Scottsdale Desert Mountain at No. 8 Gilbert Highland, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Mesa Skyline at No. 5 Chandler Hamilton, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Anthem Boulder Creek at No. 4 Perry, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Mesa Mountain View at No. 3 Chandler, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Laveen Cesar Chavez at No. 6 Phoenix Pinnacle, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Phoenix Horizon at No. 7 Mesa Red Mountain, 7 p.m.
No. 15 Avondale Westview at No. 2 Mesa Desert Ridge, 7 p.m.
Bracket Breakdown: Chandler is playing the best football right now. So the No. 3 seed will only serve as motivation for a team that doesn’t need a lot of motivating. Chandler took out a No. 5 seed Chandler Hamilton in a 50-14 drubbing Friday night.
Chandler and Pinnacle in the second round will be huge. Chandler needed overtime to beat Pinnacle early in the year, but Chandler lost four defensive starters and wide receiver Gunner Romney to injuries in that game.
Desert Ridge, the No. 2 seed, is a nice story, but it will be tough to get past Chandler in the bottom-half semifinal. Mountain Pointe is a surprise No. 1 seed but has struggled down the stretch, even in wins. A Perry-Hamilton quarterfinal is going to be another shootout classic. Whoever wins that will still have to face a physical Mountain Pointe team in the semifinals. If Perry gets to the semis, I like the Pumas’ chances to reach the state final for the first time in their history. But this is Chandler’s season to win again.