Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Originally Published: October 30, 2016 6 a.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain High’s football squad will carry the ninth seed into the 16-team 2016 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) 4A State Tournament that starts this Friday, Nov. 4.
The Grand Canyon Region champion Bears (8-2 overall record, 6-0 region), an automatic qualifier, will visit eighth-seeded Peoria (7-3), which earned an at-large berth, in the first round at 7 p.m.
Bradshaw Mountain is riding a six-game winning streak into the postseason.
Prescott High (6-4), which lost 41-15 at Bradshaw on Friday night and claimed third place in the Grand Canyon Region at 4-2, did not reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive campaign. The Badgers entered last week ranked 17th. They finished the season at No. 19.
However, Grand Canyon Region second-place Mingus Union (6-4, 5-1) did make it in as the No. 14 seed. The Marauders have the unenviable task of facing No. 3 Sunrise Mountain (9-1) – again. Mingus fell to the Mustangs, 61-17, on Friday in Peoria. The rematch in 4A’s first round is slated for 7 p.m. this Friday at Sunrise Mountain.
No other local 11-man teams qualified for the postseason. Class 3A No. 27-ranked Chino Valley ended the fall at 5-5.
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