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Salpointe Catholic to represent Southern Arizona in Open Division; Pusch Ridge Christian punches ticket to 3A playoffs

Salpointe Catholic to represent Southern Arizona in Open Division; Pusch Ridge Christian punches ticket to 3A playoffs

Just two Tucson-area high school football teams played their seasons in sync with the rest of the state. Saturday, they were rewarded.

For the second consecutive season, the undefeated Salpointe Catholic Lancers (6-0) will represent Southern Arizona in the Open Division playoff, an eight-team field of the top big-school programs. 

The sixth-seeded Lancers play at third-seeded Scottsdale Saguaro Friday at 7 p.m. Salpointe Catholic and Saguaro will face each other in the postseason for the fourth time in five years, with the Sabercats winning the previous three — including the 2017 and '18 Class 4A state championships. 

Pusch Ridge punched its ticket to the Class 3A playoffs Friday night, routing  Glendale Christian 49-7 in a play-in game. Fourth-seeded Pusch Ridge will host fifth-seeded Wickenburg Friday at 7 p.m. 

The Lions have won six straight games ever since their 14-7 loss to Yuma Catholic in early October, and conclude the abbreviated season with a 7-1 record.

As private schools, Salpointe and Pusch Ridge were able to start their seasons without waiting for approval from a school board. The teams began their seasons on Oct. 2. Tucson's public schools, meanwhile, have played just a handful of games so far.

Here's a full look at the playoff brackets: 

OPEN DIVISION

No. 8 Goodyear Desert Edge at No. 1 Chandler

No. 5 Peoria Liberty at No. 4 Peoria Centennial

No. 6 Salpointe Catholic at No. 3 Scottsdale Saguaro

No. 7 Tempe Corona del Sol at Chandler Hamilton


CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS

No. 8 Thatcher at No. 1 Yuma Catholic

No. 5 Wickenburg at No. 4 Pusch Ridge Christian

No. 6 Round Valley at No. 3 Gilbert American Leadership Academy

No. 7 Phoenix Christian at No. 2 Snowflake

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter @justinesports

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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.

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