Tempe Marcos de Niza (8-1) at Laveen Cesar Chavez (9-0), 7 Friday night
This is easily Cesar Chavez’s greatest challenge of the season. Before now, it has feasted on teams with a combined 23-58 record. Cesar Chavez likes to spread the field with QB Arturo Macias choosing a receiver. Cesar Chavez has not given up a rushing touchdown this season.
Phoenix Pinnacle (8-1) vs. Phoenix Brophy Prep (8-2), at Phoenix College,7 Friday night
Devon Allen has caught three TD passes in the past two games for Brophy, which has gotten great balance this season with the emergence of running back Marche Dennard (1,265 yards, 14 touchdowns rushing). Pinnacle relies on a strong running game, and its defense will be greatly tested.
Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge (9-0) at Tucson Salpointe Catholic (9-1), 7 Friday night
This is Salpointe’s biggest test since August. Ironwood Ridge has one of the state’s more opportunistic defenses, and a versatile offense, led by dual-threat QB Tyler Williams and receiver Jake Matthews.
Phoenix Desert Vista (7-2) at Chandler (7-2), 7 Friday night
Chandler QB Darell Garretson has thrown for more than 2,400 yards, but will find a tough secondary, led by Nick Farina. These teams could meet up again next week in the first round of the Division I playoffs.
Surprise Valley Vista (8-1) at Avondale Westview (7-2),7 Friday night
Both teams will qualify for the Division I playoffs, but both will get low seeds. Westview is a dangerous team with a strong defense and run game, led by RB Seivion Morris and TE/DL Ardis Palmer. Valley Vista has a talented dual-threat QB in Dalvin Richardson.
Phoenix Horizon (7-2) vs. Scottsdale Notre Dame (5-4), at Scottsdale Community College, 7 Friday night
Just like last year, Notre Dame has to win to get into the Division II playoffs. Horizon already is in, but it received dire news this week that QB Victor Quinn may not be back for the playoffs because of a setback to a collarbone injury that has kept him off the field since September.
Tempe (6-3) at Maricopa (6-3), 7 Friday night
It’s been a remarkable season for Tempe, which won a total of one game the past two seasons. But a loss against a team on a four-game winning streak could keep Tempe out of the Division III playoffs.
Paradise Valley (6-3) at Fountain Hills (4-5), 7 Friday night
Yes, Fountain Hills still has playoff life. But it will have to win to slip into the Division IV playoffs. Paradise Valley also must win to get into the Division III playoffs. It will ride the arm of prolific senior passer Ryan Finley.
Tempe Prep (7-2) vs. Phoenix Northwest Christian (9-0), at Phoenix Arizona Lutheran,7 Friday night
Since losing in back-to-back weeks to Arizona Lutheran and Phoenix Scottsdale Christian, Tempe Prep has won four in a row. Northwest Christian has shut out its past two opponents and is averaging nearly 270 rushing yards a game, led by Hunter McShanag’s 953 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Scottsdale Prep (8-0) vs. Phoenix Valley Lutheran (7-2), at Gilbert Christian, 7 Friday night
Top-seed Scottsdale Prep had a bye last week to prepare for this Division VI, eight-man quarterfinal game against a team that eliminated Duncan 39-20 last week. Scottsdale Prep is led by junior WR Matt Munsil, who has 24 touchdown catches.
Joseph City (8-1) at Glendale Joy Christian (8-0), 7 Friday night
This is Joy Christian’s chance to avenge last year’s Division VI championship loss to a team that found itself in an unfamiliar spot, opening the playoffs without a bye. Joy Christian had a bye last week as a No.4 seed. It racked up 1,244 rushing yards this season and played in two 11-man games.