Only two short weeks remain in the regular season and only one 6A region title race is decided.
Barring a complete breakdown Cesar Chavez has the Metro Region locked up.
The rest still has some intrigue left in mid-October.
Desert Ridge controls the Central Region should it win out, but it won’t come easy against Desert Vista and Highland.
Horizon and Pinnacle will decide the Desert Valley Region in final week.
If Westview beats Millennium this week, the Southwest Region title goes to the Knights.
The Premier Region comes down to the last two weeks when Hamilton and Perry this week and Hamilton and Chandler play the final week.
Red Mountain and Skyline decide the East Valley Region on Friday at Red Mountain. The Coyotes won it last year and have a shot of winning a region title for a third straight year.
The Mountain Lions finished second last season, but beat Skyline in the first round of the playoffs on the way to the semifinals.
Both teams come in playing its best football of the season. It is going to be a battle to secure one of the seven automatic bids as a region champion.
“We will be ready for them,” Red Mountain coach Mike Peterson said of Skyline. “We just need to be careful and not get a big head. We will try to keep our kids humble and working hard.”
Here are the 6A rankings heading into Week 9.
6A Conference rankings
- Chandler 6-2 (No. 1 last week)
- Perry 7-1 (3)
- Hamilton 7-1 (4)
- Desert Ridge 7-1 (5)
- Mountain Pointe 6-2 (2)
- Red Mountain 6-2 (8)
- Pinnacle 6-3 (6)
- Highland 6-2 (7)
- Skyline 5-3 (10)
- Desert Vista 5-3 (9)
- Horizon 7-1 (11)
- Mountain View 4-4 (12)
- Gilbert 4-4 (13)
- Cesar Chavez 5-3 (14)
- Desert Mountain 4-4 (15)
- Desert Ridge 7-1, 3-0 (1 last week)– The Jaguars were the least talked about 6-1 team; that’s not the case anymore at 7-1 after beating Mountain Pointe
- Red Mountain 6-2, 3-0 (2)– The East Valley Region championship is on the line this week and the Mountain Lions are playing at a very high level
- Skyline 5-3, 3-0 (3)– A week off has given the Coyotes a chance to heal up and 13 days to prepare for defending their East Valley Region title against Red Mountain.
- Mountain View 4-4, 1-2 (4)– The Toros put a halt to an ugly slide by shutting out Dobson, and need two wins to assure a postseason spot.
- Mesa 3-6, 1-2 (5)– The Jackrabbits play a full 48 minutes every time they take the field, but they struggle with matching up with the top tier of the region.
- Westwood 4-4, 1-2 (6)– The Warriors have made strides with the new coaching staff, and if they managed a .500 season it only it reinforces the good work being done.
- Dobson 3-5, 0-3 (7)– In the Mustangs wins they have a scoring advantage of 85-29, and in their losses Dobson has been outscored 228-21.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.