Derek Simmons' 3A Playoff Prediction, Wk 8

October 2, 2018

Heading into the eighth week of the season, here is my prediction for the layout of the playoff bracket coming up in a month. Outcomes of big games will play obvious impacts; East - Show Low/Blue Ridge (this wk) and Show Low/Snowflake (wk 11). Metro West - Odyssey at both Valley (this wk) and Yuma (wk 11). South - Safford, Pusch Ridge, Sabino and Sahurita all yet to play each other still except for the Safford at Sahuarita game that was played last week (33-22, Safford).  The winner of each region earns automatic bid which shouldn't effect any of the bottom dwellers, as the top teams in each region will likely all be ranked in the top 16. The remaining question would be out of the Metro East as ALA Gilbert can not make the post season and is likely to win the region. That should leave Fountain Hills who seems to be the favorite to fill that hole. Of course I look like a fool if Valley Christian fails to beat Odyssey this week but I'm calling for the upset after the way the Trojans handled Yuma last week. No. 3 and 4 could also flip flop depending on realistic how the "formula" gets it. Snowflake would sure hope to see Valley in the semi's as opposed to Yuma Catholic and so would we.

1. Northwest Christian vs. 16. Blue Ridge

8. Wickenburg vs. 9. Benjamin Franklin

5. Page vs. 12. Safford

4. Yuma Catholic vs. 13. Fountain Hills


3. Valley Christian vs. 14 Sahuarita

6. Sabino vs. 11. Coolidge

7. Odyssey Institute vs. 10. Pusch Ridge

2. Snowflake vs. 15 Show Low

High seed hosts first two rounds of playoffs which are both played on a Friday, beginning Nov. 2nd at 6 p.m. The top half of the bracket plays semifinals at North Canyon High (Phx). Bottom half to play semi's at Shadow Moutain (Phx). Both semifinal games played on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. State Championship to be played on the Friday after Thanksgiving at Campo Verde High Shool (Gilbert) at 7 p.m.