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High School Football Capsules - Week 10: Prescott hosts Mingus

High School Football Capsules - Week 10Oct. 30 and 31, 2015• Mingus Union (8-1 overall, 3-0 section) at Prescott (7-2, 2-1)7 p.m. Friday at Bill Shepard Field in PrescottThis Division III, Section VIII showdown tonight to conclude the 2015 regular season has all of the ingredients you want in an instant classic. First and foremost, rivals Mingus Union and Prescott will be playing for the section championship and an automatic berth into the 16-team D-III state tournament that starts next Friday, Nov. 6. Secondly, this should be an entertaining, down-to-the-wire game, as both teams play a physical brand of football rooted in strong rushing attacks and tenacious defenses. Label it old-school pigskin, if you will. Nothing flashy or fancy - just two good, emotionally charged teams with blue-collar approaches clashing in the trenches. D-III No. 22-ranked Prescott notched its biggest win of the season last Friday, Oct. 23, in a 30-13 home victory over its chief rival, two-time defending section champion Bradshaw Mountain, to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Badgers know they need another win tonight to assure themselves of a postseason berth. That's a tall order against a Mingus unit that's caught fire under wily veteran coach Bob Young. The D-III No. 11 Marauders are riding a six-game winning streak and haven't lost since Week 3 - a 31-24 setback to Peoria in Cottonwood. Even with a loss tonight, Mingus should qualify for the playoffs. But relying on the prep football gods to bear late-season gifts is kind of like living in a fools' paradise - don't press your luck. No matter what, Bill Shepard Field will be rocking tonight. Be there.• Bradshaw Mountain (6-3 overall) at Maricopa (7-2)7 p.m. Friday at Maricopa H.S. football field in MaricopaBradshaw backers who attend tonight's regular-season finale at D-III No. 13 Maricopa, a small community southwest of Phoenix, should feel at least a bit nervous. They realize that the D-III No. 16 Bears, denied in their bid for a third straight section title last week, are likely in a must-win situation to make the state playoffs. The nagging question is: Does Bradshaw possess the fortitude to rebound from its draining loss at Prescott by focusing on the bigger picture? The Bears have been a decent road team in 2015, although they have yet to visit an opponent the caliber of Maricopa. Bradshaw coach David Moran is a great motivator, but he's certainly had a tough task restoring the Bears' confidence after the 30-13 setback to Prescott. If Bradshaw beats Maricopa, there's no debating that the Bears deserve a playoff berth based on strength of schedule alone.DIVISION VI STATE QUARTERFINAL• St. David (7-2 overall) at Bagdad (8-1)6 p.m. Saturday at Bagdad H.S. football field in BagdadDefending Division VI state runner-up Bagdad will host a St. David team that bounced back nicely in the state tournament's first round last week. St. David left a two-game losing streak to end the regular season in the dust, routing Joseph City, 58-14, Oct. 24 at home to advance to Saturday night's quarterfinal at Bagdad. But no matter for the disciplined Sultans, who are loaded for another playoff run after a bye week. All indications are that fourth-seeded Bagdad will maneuver past St. David and reach the semis. If the Sultans win Saturday, they are almost certain to battle No. 1 seed Pima - a foe that handed them their only loss, 40-38, in Week 6 - in a semifinal clash Nov. 7 at Maricopa High in Maricopa. Pima hosts No. 9 seed Glendale Prep in the quarters tonight at 7.- Doug Cook, The Daily Courier
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