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Friday Football Fever Wrapup: Playoffs 1st Round

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Every class of Arizona high school football is down to the Top 16, and fifteen Southern Arizona schools from classes 2A to 6A are playing for a state championship. Class 3A and 2A play Saturday, but the big schools had their action on Friday Football Fever.


#1 Cienega 24, #16 Betty H. Fairfax 6

Cienega moves into the quarterfinals after cruising to an 18-point win over #16 Fairfax. Jamarye Joiner overcame an early interception and Thomas Webb Jr. ran for a touchdown in the win, the Bobcats will face...

#9 Marana 35, #8 Verrado 33

...the Tigers in the next round. Marana advances to the state quarterfinals with the team's 9th win in a row. Trenton Bourget led his team to victory and now will have to deal with a rematch with the #1 Bobcats. The last time these two teams played, they combined for 107 points in Week 1 in a 57-50 Cienega win.

#6 Ironwood Ridge 48, #11 Apollo 41 F/2OT

Matt Johnson and his Nighthawks advance after a hard fought double-overtime win. Ironwood Ridge will travel next week to face #3 Liberty.

#5 Queen Creek 48, #12 Mountain View 20

Bam McRae's 12th-seeded Mountain Lions kept this game close for much of it, but Queen Creek rattled off 20 late points to win by four scores. The Mountain Lions finish the season 7-4.


#4 Salpointe Catholic 42, #13 Pueblo 0

Bijan Robinson and Mario Padilla scored early touchdowns as Rodrigo Nieto had Salpointe's passing game going. As usual, the Lancer defense stepped up even without a top defensive lineman. The Lancers will face #5 seed Cactus at home in the quarterfinals. Pueblo finishes the season 8-3.

#7 Peoria 33, #10 Walden Grove 7

After a tumultuous offseason, Walden Grove found its head coach in Corey Noble. All he did was lead them to the 4A playoffs and a 7-3 regular season record. The Red Wolves fall in the first round and finish the year 7-4.

#6 Seton Catholic 29, #11 Catalina Foothills 22

It's a surprise the Falcons were as good as they were this year after losing almost every main player from last season's state runner-up, but Jeff Scurran worked magic with his team and one of the top quarterbacks in Southern Arizona in Chris Kowalcek. Unfortunately, the season came to an end in a close playoff loss. The Falcons finish the year 6-5.

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