Southern Arizona Playoff Roundup: Salpointe, Pusch Ridge, Benson and Santa Cruz advance to semifinal round
November 27, 2020 by Andy Morales, AZPreps365
Four teams from Southern Arizona remain after the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs with Salpointe (6-0) and Benson (7-0) advancing due to forfeits brought on by COVID concerns. The Lancers are seeded No. 6 in the Open Division and the team will take on No. 2 Hamilton (7-1) in the Open Division next Saturday after No. 3 Saguaro (5-1) pulled out of the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
Hamilton beat No. 7 Corona del Sol 50-0 Friday night to set up the Open Division semifinal game against Salpointe. The Huskies will host that game with game time set for 7 p.m.
Top-seeded Benson advanced to the semifinal round of the 2A state playoffs after No. 8 Morenci (6-1) pulled out on Nov. 25. The Bobcats will face No. 4 Arizona Lutheran (6-0) next Saturday after the Coyotes slipped past No. 5 Parker 32-30 Friday night.
In other 2A action, No. 3 Santa Cruz (7-1) beat No. 6 Scottsdale Prep 55-6 to advance to the semifinal round where the Dust Devils will face No. 7 St. Johns. (6-1). St. Johns upset No. 2 Scottsdale Christian 22-21 Friday night.
No. 4 Pusch Ridge improved to 8-1 on the year after the Lions dismantled No. 5 Wickenburg 35-6 Friday night at home. The Lions will face No. 1 Yuma Catholic (9-0) next Saturday in the 3A semifinal round. The Shamrocks beat No. 8 Thatcher 43-20 at home Friday night to advance.
Yuma Catholic beat Pusch Ridge 14-7 at home on Oct. 9.
Game times for 2A and 3A semifinal games have not been decided upon.