Arizona 1A High School Football Semifinals Preview

Arizona’s top three high school football divisions still have two weeks left in the regular season, as the 2A and 3A conferences begin their playoff games this week. But in 1A — the only level in the state to play eight-man football — we’re already in the semifinals.

The big story is that Mogollon is vying for a third straight title, but the Mustangs aren’t the favorites this time around. Here are the matches:

No. 4 Williams at No. 1 Hayden, Thursday, 7 p.m

As is often the case at the lower levels, the AIA rankings have proven accurate so far in the playoffs, with the top four seeds all advancing to the semifinals. Hayden, then, remains the favorite to win his second ever title, honoring his own championship team’s 50th anniversary in style. The Lobos, who hail from Winkelman near the New Mexico border, have knocked off two of the other three teams left this season. However, they have not faced Williams.

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