Prescott atop Week 10 region media poll; playoff scenarios for Badgers, Bears
Updated as of Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:44 PM
Will Badgers, Bears rekindle their rivalry at state?
PRESCOTT VALLEY — After a 44-27 victory in Week 9, the Prescott football team grabbed the top spot in the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll for the second straight week, according to a release Wednesday night.
Prescott (6-2, 4-0 Grand Canyon) tallied 72 total points and seven first-place votes. Mingus (6-2, 3-1 Grand Canyon) came in a close second with 67 total points, but shared the remaining four first-place votes evenly with Bradshaw Mountain at two apiece.
The Bears (7-2, 3-2 Grand Canyon), having lost two straight including a 28-6 loss to Mingus a week ago, have dropped to third in the media poll, mustering only 57 points. Bradshaw Mountain held on to the first place spot for nine-straight weeks (including preseason) before Prescott took over a week ago.
RIVALRY RENEWED AT STATE?
A potential water-cooler discussion in the next two weeks for Bears and Badgers fans should be: Can Bradshaw Mountain and Prescott actually face each other in the 4A state playoffs come Nov. 2?
The answer: Absolutely.
The No. 12-ranked Badgers face dismal Lee Williams Friday night and with a victory, could either move up to No. 11 (depending on how teams do in front of them) or stay at No. 12.
Bradshaw Mountain, ranked No. 8, faces a 2-6 Mohave squad at home in Prescott Valley on Friday. A victory in their regular season finale should keep the Bears at No. 8, at least.
But with a Week 11 bye, Bradshaw Mountain may drop to No. 9 depending again on how teams do not only in front, but behind them in the rankings.
And with Prescott hosting No. 13-ranked Mingus in a potential winner-take-all event Oct. 26 for a region title during a Week 11 season finale? The Badgers could move up as many as two or three spots to No. 10, or even No. 9.
So what’s that mean? Well, at state, the No. 7 seed hosts No. 10, and No. 8 hosts No. 9.
Theoretically, both the Badgers and the Bears could fall into any one of those seeds, depending on how everything shakes out. There’s still plenty of football left to be played, and with a million scenarios on the table, the Bears and Badgers likely may not face each other in a first-round state game, but it’s fun to think about!
REGION TITLE FRIDAY?
Another scenario for Prescott fans to keep in mind this week is potentially claiming the Grand Canyon region title as soon as Friday night.
If the Badgers take care of business against Lee Williams, they’ll be 5-0 in region. Mingus travels north to Flagstaff to play the Eagles at the NAU Walkup Skydome, where anything can happen. If the Marauders lose to Flagstaff, they’ll have two losses in region, making Prescott the champion with a victory, regardless of what happens in Week 11 when they face each other.
The region title winner receives an automatic bid to state. Visit dCourier.com for more playoff scenarios and the Courier’s sports coverage of prep football in the area.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.