Football coaches have been in waiting mode all season. They’ve had to wait until Tuesday every week to find out where the teams are seeded heading into their next games.
Now they’ll have to wait until 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Wolfley’s Neighborhood Grill at Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix to find out who their first-round opponents will be. That is when and where the Arizona Interscholastic Association will unveil the playoff seeds for Divisions I through V during its aia365 radio show.
Coaches have no clue how to figure out who will land exactly where with a new formula that is powered by MaxPreps this year.
But Avondale Westview (6-2) could end up being a high seed’s worst fear with a possible 14 seed in Division I. Westview is at No. 18 this week. The top 16 teams get in with the first three in each section receiving automatic berths. Westview finishes against Glendale Mountain Ridge (4-4) and Surprise Valley Vista (7-1). Its only losses were to Mesa Red Mountain (6-2) and to Phoenix Brophy Prep (7-2), the No. 1-ranked team by azcentral sports.
It was leading Red Mountain 23-20 in the first half of the season opener, before giving up 20 third-quarter points and losing 46-26. Two weeks ago, against a hot Brophy team, it was a 27-21 game in the final quarter, before Brophy scored a touchdown and two-point conversion and won 35-21.
Other than that, Westview has outscored the six teams it has beaten 371-37.
"That’s going to be the best 14-seed in the history of Arizona," Mesa Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock said.
Coaches have given up trying to figure out how the seeding formula works. What irked them most was having a new playoff formula installed in the middle of a two-year scheduling/alignment block.
"I’m not as worried about that (waiting until a Saturday morning to find out first-round opponent), as I am about the integrity of the system," Hathcock said. "I think the AIA does a decent job. But how is Westview an 18 seed? … I’m not saying the system is wrong, because nobody knows about it. But the timing of it is almost comical. But what do you?"
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