Friday nights in the fall is going to look a whole lot different for the East Valley Region football programs.
The new two-year scheduling block will have the six local teams from the EV Region changing up their freedom games quite a bit.
While the schedule hasn’t been locked just yet – it is expected to be Friday – it will bring a bunch of new matchups in the 2018 season.
Here is what the schedules could look like for each team:
Dobson: at Shadow Ridge, Salpointe, Maryvale, Red Mountain, at Westwood, at Hamilton, Mesa, Skyline, BYE, Kofa, at Mountain View.
Mesa: Sandra Day O’Connor, Alhambra, at Chandler, Trevor Browne, Maryvale, at Mountain View, at Dobson, Westwood, BYE, at Red Mountain, Skyline.
Mountain View: Corona de Sol, at Perry, at Mountain Pointe, at Queen Creek, Brophy, Mesa, at Westwood, Red Mountain, BYE, at Skyline, Dobson.
Red Mountain: Desert Ridge, at Cesar Chavez, at Perry, at Dobson, Westview, Basha, Skyline, at Mountain View, BYE, Mesa, at Westwood.
Skyline: at Mountain Ridge, at Boulder Creek, at Desert Ridge, Highland, at Queen Creek, Westwood, at Red Mountain, Dobson, BYE, Mountain View, at Mesa.
Westwood: at Queen Creek, Valley Vista, at Copper Canyon, at Cibola, Dobson, at Skyline, Mountain View, Mesa, BYE, North, Red Mountain.
- The expected quarterfinal game between Desert Ridge and Red Mountain that never happened after the No. 2 Jaguars were upset is taking place in week one.
- Mountain View and Red Mountain both added state runner-up Perry.
- Queen Creek made its way on to three of the schedules – Westwood, Mountain View, Westwood.
- Mesa is playing three Phoenix Union schools. It might lead to wins, but not a whole lot of power points although the Jackrabbits might get enough from Chandler to make up for it.
- Dobson took on a tough freedom game in Salpointe Catholic while adding all new freedom opponents. The Mustangs will have to travel to Yuma to take on Kofa in 2019.
- Defending region champ Red Mountain will face Westview, the team it handled easily in the state quarterfinals.
- Westwood has four winnable freedom games and just might have a chance to get six wins in the regular season. The Warriors will have the longest road trip of the year with a road game at Cibola.
- Skyline took on four playoff teams in Boulder Creek, Desert Ridge, Highland and Queen Creek.
- Mountain View didn’t shy away with Perry, Mountain Pointe, Queen Creek and Brophy, which will bounce back from 1-9 in a big way.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.