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New opponents flood EV Region football schedules

The Skyline Coyotes added four playoff teams among their five freedom games. (Billy Hardiman/MyNewsMesa.com)

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.

Some observations:

  • 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 jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.

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