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Bagdad football team earns 1st round bye this week

While bigger Arizona high school football teams have another couple weeks before opening the AIA state playoffs, the Division 6 programs start the postseason this week.

The AIA released its official Division 6 state tournament matchups on Saturday. As expected, the Bagdad Sultans, who closed their regular season with a 47-12 win over Phoenix Day School for the Deaf on Friday night, captured D-6's #3 seed.

The Sultans are 7-0.

As the 3-seed, Bagdad earns a first-round bye when the Division 6 bracket games start this Friday. The Sultans will host the winner of 11-seed Mesa Prep and 6-seed Glendale Prep in the quarterfinals on Nov. 2.

The semifinals (Nov. 9) and D-6 state championship (Nov. 16) will take place at Shadow Mountain High School.

Bagdad is seeking its first football state title in school history. The Sultans made it to the championship game once before, in 2000, when they lost to St. David 50-8 under head coach Pat Ruiz.

With a 46-40 loss to Glendale Prep on Friday night, the Mayer Wildcats were eliminated from contending for the 12-team Division 6 tournament.

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