WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tucson Empire Ravens 32-17 at Winslow on Friday in the first round of Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Play. The Bulldogs will meet the Show Low Cougars on Saturday at a location to be determined later. Show Low defeated River Valley 47-13 in Show Low to advance to the second round.
The Holbrook Roadrunners fell to the Coolidge Bears 61-12 at Coolidge to end their season with a 6-5 record. The Bears will play the Snowflake Lobos of the 3A East Region in the second round. The Lobos defeated the 3A North Monument Valley Mustangs 44-8 at Snowflake to advance to the second round.
The Chinle Wildcats were eliminated from the playoffs by the Florence Gophers 49-16 at Florence. The Gophers will meet the 3A East Region Round Valley Elks in the second round. The Elks avenged a regular season loss by defeating their fellow 3A East Region rival Payson Longhorns 34-14 at Eagar to earn their date with the Gophers.
The Blue Ridge Yellowjackets from the 3A East Region advanced to the second round with a 48-0 win over the Parker Broncs at Pinetop on Saturday. The Yellowjackets will meet the Fountain Hills Falcons on Saturday in second round play. The Falcons edged the Wickenburg Wranglers 31-28 in the closest first round game to earn their berth in the second round.
The 3A East Region had four of its five teams in the tournament win with only the Payson Longhorns being eliminated by fellow 3A East Region rival Round Valley Elks. Show Low, Blue Ridge, Round Valley and Snowflake remain in contention.
The Winslow Bulldogs are the only 3A North Region team remaining in competition as Holbrook, Chinle and Monument Valley were eliminated in the first round.
Coolidge, Florence and Fountain Hills from the 3A South Region all survived first round tests. Only Tucson Empire was a 3A South Region team eliminated.
The 3A West Region lost all three teams in first round play as Wickenburg, River Valley and Parker were all defeated in opening round games.