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Heber Mogollon coach Tim Slade said he was surprised to finish with a No. 2 seeding in the Division VI, 12-team, eight-man playoffs, which open this weekend. The top four seeds received byes to the second round. Mogollon’s only loss was to top-seeded Scottsdale Prep (8-0). Mogollon beat defending champion Joseph City (7-1). Mogollon was seeded higher than both Pima and Glendale Joy Christian, who are both 8-0.
“I thought at best we would finish number three and at worst be the number five,” Slade said. “I am not sure how all the power rankings work, but we’ll take it. I do believe, however, that the 12 best teams made it in. this year, the field is wide open with three or four teams having a shot at the title.”
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