The final month is here.
Upsets are rare, but blowouts happen weekly.
The close games where one team does just enough – like Skyline topping Mountain View last week when Darius Glover knocked the ball out of a receiver’s hands in the end zone – to get the win makes all the difference.
Winning the region is the goal, but some are already on the outside looking in with four weeks left.
Can any of the current lower level teams make up enough ground to forge its way into a playoff berth?
All that matters is finishing in the top 16 to make the 6A Conference playoffs.
A region title guarantees a spot so it is the easiest route to games in November.
The initial rankings were released last week and the new ones will be out Tuesday. At least four area teams should be able to get to a spot in the field.
Last week Desert Ridge was sixth, Red Mountain was 10th, Skyline 11th and Mountain View 15th with only the Toros losing this past week.
With a few weak regions – Metro, Southwest, Southern – taking up three of the seven granted spots a finish among the top 13 is probably a good idea.
Who from Mesa will it be?
6A Conference rankings
- Mountain Pointe 5-1 (No. 1 last week)
- Chandler 5-2 (2)
- Perry 6-0 (3)
- Hamilton 6-1 (4)
- Desert Ridge 5-1 (5)
- Pinnacle 4-3 (6)
- Highland 5-1 (8)
- Desert Vista 4-2 (7)
- Red Mountain 4-2 (10)
- Skyline 4-3 (13)
- Mountain View 3-3 (9)
- Horizon 5-1 (12)
- Gilbert 3-2 (11)
- Cesar Chavez 2-3 (15)
- Desert Mountain 3-2 (14)
- Desert Ridge 5-1, 1-0 (1) – Jaguars last four games include three teams in MyNewsMesa’s top eight.
- Red Mountain 4-2, 1-0 (3) – Three pick 6s in one half of football. Guessing win probability is 100 percent when that happens.
- Skyline 4-3, 2-0 (4) – Withstood Toros’ comeback attempt, scored late and then denied a TD in the end zone in the final seconds.
- Mountain View 3-3, 0-1 (2) – The Toros allowed too many big plays against a team that seemingly has their number.
- Mesa 3-4, 1-0 (7) – The defense forced four turnovers and the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage.
- Westwood 3-4, 0-2 (6) – Struggled at home to stop the run or getting anything going offensively outside the first drive.
- Dobson 3-3, 0-1 (5) – Mustangs are struggling to stay in games let alone win.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to email@example.com.