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Week 8's High School Football Capsules: Who has the advantage?

High School Football CapsulesWeek 8Friday, Oct. 16• Prescott (6-1 overall, 1-0 section) at Flagstaff (3-4, 0-1)7:30 p.m. Friday at Walkup Skydome in FlagstaffPrescott, winner of five straight games, has again inched up in the Division III power rankings this week, going from No. 20 to No. 17, after pasting non-section foe Apache Junction at home Oct. 9. The Badgers, despite their weak schedule, are not to be taken lightly. Although tonight's D-III, Section VIII clash at Walkup Skydome represents a potential trap game for Prescott, with rival Bradshaw Mountain lurking in Week 9, the ailing Eagles are no match for a bruising Badgers squad.• Coconino (3-5, 0-2) at Bradshaw Mountain (5-2, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday at Bob Pavlich Field in Prescott ValleyBradshaw Mountain, after dropping eight spots in the D-III rankings last week, climbed from No. 17 to No. 14 Oct. 13, thanks to a blowout victory over Flagstaff Oct. 9 at home. Bears coach David Moran said his team's on a mission following its disappointing section-opening loss to Mingus Union Oct. 2 in Cottonwood. Two-time defending section champion Bradshaw, which like Prescott is in a possible trap-game situation tonight, should have little trouble beating Coconino. If Prescott and Bradshaw win tonight, it would set up a section showdown with state playoff implications at Bill Shepard Field Oct. 23. D-III No. 12 Mingus leads the section at 2-0, but the Marauders still must visit the Badgers in their regular season/section finale Oct. 30. Prescott, like Mingus, controls its postseason destiny, as section champs automatically qualify for state.• Chino Valley (2-5, 0-2) at North Pointe Prep (1-6, 0-2)7 p.m. Friday at Cortez H.S. football stadium in PhoenixChino Valley doesn't have a shot at a winning season in 2015, but there's no doubt that the Division 5 No. 33-ranked Cougars have made strides. In this D-V, Section III contest tonight, Chino visits a North Pointe Prep team in Phoenix that's lost five in a row. The Cougars haven't won since Sept. 25 at Tuba City, but expect them to get off the schneid this evening.• Mogollon (6-1, 4-0) at Mayer (4-3, 2-2)7 p.m. Friday at Mathern Field in Spring ValleyDivision VI No. 16-ranked Mayer is on the outside looking in as far as the eight-man football state playoff picture's concerned. The only chance the Wildcats have to potentially qualify for the postseason is if they upset defending state champion and No. 7-ranked Mogollon tonight in their regular-season/section finale at home. Mayer has won its last two D-VI, Section I games by a combined 108-0, albeit against inferior foes Fredonia and El Capitan. Mogollon, on the cusp of a section title, has won five in a row in convincing fashion since a blowout loss at Gilbert Christian Sept. 4. A green Wildcats squad will probably have to be content with a .500 season this fall.• Valley Lutheran (3-4, 2-1) at Bagdad (7-1, 3-0)7 p.m. Friday at Bagdad H.S. football field in BagdadWith a win tonight in its regular-season finale, Division VI No. 4-ranked Bagdad will sew up the Section III crown and qualify for the state playoffs, which begin Saturday, Oct. 24. The Sultans likely need a victory over No. 15 Valley Lutheran to remain among the top four playoff seeds, each of which garner a first-round bye.If Bagdad receives the bye, the defending D-VI state runner-up would need three straight wins to capture its second state title in three years.- Doug Cook, Daily Courier
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