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Bradshaw Mountain's Connor Scott (8) brings out the American Flag as the Bears take on the Youngker on Aug. 31, 2018, in Prescott Valley. The Bears are 6-0 this season and are currently ranked No. 2 in the 4A conference power point rankings, which were released Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Bradshaw Mountain faces Flagstaff on Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Bradshaw Mountain's Connor Scott (8) brings out the American Flag as the Bears take on the Youngker on Aug. 31, 2018, in Prescott Valley. The Bears are 6-0 this season and are currently ranked No. 2 in the 4A conference power point rankings, which were released Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Bradshaw Mountain faces Flagstaff on Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

PRESCOTT VALLEY — It was no surprise Bradshaw Mountain found itself atop the Grand Canyon Media Football Poll for Week 7 after a 28-14 win over Coconino last week.

It’s a spot they’ve held a firm grip on since the preseason, one that many outside the Bears’ locker room undoubtedly questioned.

4A Conference Top 25

1 Salpointe Catholic 5-0

2 Bradshaw Mountain 6-0

3 Glendale 5-0

4 Douglas 5-0

5 Saguaro 5-1

6 Cactus 4-1

7 Coconino 4-1

8 Desert Edge 4-2

9 Canyon Del Oro 4-1

10 Arcadia 5-1

11 Greenway 4-1

12 Seton Catholic 4-1

13 Walden Grove 3-2

14 Peoria 4-1

15 Sahuaro 5-1

16 Casa Grande 4-1

17 Mingus 4-2

18 Gila Ridge 3-2

19 Mesquite 3-3

20 Prescott 3-2

21 St. Mary’s 3-2

22 Catalina Foothills 2-3

23 Thunderbird 2-3

24 Estrella Foothills 2-3

25 Shadow Mountain 2-3

But when the AIA released this season’s inaugural power point rankings Tuesday, revealing Bradshaw Mountain (6-0, 2-0 Grand Canyon) was ranked No. 2 in the state? Maybe there was a little surprise there…

OK, maybe that wasn’t a surprise either, at least not to Bears players, coaches and their fans. The squad is 6-0 after all, and are one win away from tying the 1986 team with the best start in school history.

The Bears are one of four teams ranked in the top 20, a far cry from Grand Canyon years past, when the region was the laughing stock of high school football in the 4A conference.

This fall, however, has been different, and with the top four teams (Bradshaw Mountain, No. 7 Mingus, No. 17 Coconino and No. 20 Prescott) boasting a 17-5 overall record combined? It might be time for other teams around the state to pay attention.

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No. 2-ranked Bradshaw Mountain hosts rival Flagstaff in this week’s homecoming matchup, while the Badgers are scheduled to welcome Coconino. Both homecoming games are set for Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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 @NewsSportsNotes. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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