The top ranked Blue Ridge Yellowjackets defeated the Show Low Cougars 24-14 at Pinetop Oct. 19 in a battle of unbeaten and top rated teams in Division IV football.
The Yellowjackets will host the Winslow Bulldogs in the regular season finale at Pinetop on Friday. Show Low fell to 8-1 for the season and will host the winless 0-9 Alchesay Falcons on Friday. Show Low could well remain as the second seed for the state playoffs.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the previously undefeated Monument Valley Mustangs 62-28 at Winslow Oct. 19 for their second straight important victory. The Bulldogs improved to 6-3 while Monument Valley fell to 8-1. Winslow actually fell in the power point rankings last week after their win over Coconino. That was clearly an indication of the difficulty of understanding the AIA power point system. The Bulldogs will likely be a playoff team even if they lose to mighty Blue Ridge. They could even have a home game. Monument Valley will likely be a playoff team and could have a home game.
The Flagstaff Eagles defeated the Coconino Panthers 16-6 to win the battle for city honors and likely wrap-up a playoff spot and home game in the opening round. The Eagles improved their record to 7-2 for the season with a meeting with the Page Sand Devils left for the season finale. Coconino fell to 5-4 with the loss and will likely need a win against Chino Valley to make the playoffs.
The Chinle Wildcats improved their record to 5-4 with a 28-8 win over the Holbrook Roadrunners at Chinle on Friday. Holbrook fell to 2-7. The Wildcats won their last four games in a row and may have secured playoff spot.
The Window Rock Fighting Scouts had an easy time defeating the Hopi Bruins 62-22 at Polacca to improve their record to 5-4 for the season. The Scouts will probably need a win against the 8-1 Monument Valley Mustangs at Window Rock on Friday to make the playoffs.
In other north area games, the Ganado Hornets fell to 4-5 with a 30-8 loss to the Pinon Eagles. Pinon may have earned a Division V playoff berth as they improved to 8-1 with the victory. The Eagles will host the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions on Friday. The Scorpions are 5-4 after a 35-7 loss to the Williams Vikings in Sedona.
The Tubas City Warriors fell to 2-7 for the season with a 56-0 loss to the Page Sand Devils at Page on Oct. 19. The Warriors will end their season at home against the Williams Vikings. Page improved to 3-6 for the season and will meet the Flagstaff Eagles at Flagstaff in their season finale.