I think they do, yes. Sabino has had a great season and I'm sure they would have liked to have had a more difficult schedule, but that's not what the AIA computers had in store for them. Andrew Mike is the best lineman in Southern Arizona and one of the best in the state. They have playmakers on both sides of the ball and a really smart quarterback calling the shots. Also, don't forget about coach Jay Campos. He's as good as they come and is a critical piece for a postseason team.
There weren't a ton of surprises this season. Sierra Vista Buena was obviously the biggest surprise, going 8-2 one season after going 3-7. Mountain View, at 7-3, was also better than most people expected and provided the biggest upset of the season, beating Cienega 21-19. Catalina Foothills going 0-10 was also a surprise. I expected the Falcons to have a few wins.
Sahuaro and Buena. The Cougars head up to Phoenix to play Peoria Centennial and Buena goes to Mesa to play Red Mountain. Centennial was 9-1 and its only loss was a four-point road setback at Ironwood Ridge. Red Mountain was 8-2 and have a win over Phoenix Brophy to its credit. Both Centennial and Red Mountain are the real deal, for sure.
The Mustangs have a tough road right out of the gates. First, the No. 6 Mustangs play No. 11 Peoria Sunrise Mountain, who is thought to be better than its seed. If Sahuarita can get by Sunrise, No. 3 Sabino will likely be waiting for them and would get to host the Mustangs. But, don't put anything past David Rodriguez and Co. The Mustangs were 0-10 in 2010.
Great question! The Badgers deserve to be in the Division I playoffs. There's no way around it. Coach Justin Argraves' team went 7-3 with losses to three playoff teams, Buena, I-Ridge and Salpointe. The Badgers beat another playoff team in Mountain View and won their final five games of the year. They didn't make it because the AIA and MaxPreps' rankings are just plain weird. They should be there, though.
Salpointe's Johnny Pena. He's a senior. He's been waiting for this for four years and he's coming off a great game against Ironwood Ridge. It also doesn't hurt that he has the best offensive line in Tucson and one of the best in the state. They were paving the way for him against the Nighthawks and he was following their lead. Look for Mr. Pena to keep the momentum going in the playoffs.
The Ravens certainly have a chance. Jorge Mendivil's team will be the clear underdog, but he's made a career of winning games he shouldn't and it could happen again Friday night. The Ravens are a balanced team with weapons at a lot of different spots. They won't be an easy out.
Keep firing questions my way, everybody. We're going to go for about another 20 minutes or so.
I don't see it. They certainly have a chance, but I think Sabino is too good for the Apaches. Nogales had another special season this year after a good one last year, but I think it ends tomorrow night at Sabino. The Sabercats are loaded.