Automatic bids could hurt Highland’s playoff chances
Even though it survived with a last-second field goal against Mesa last week, the Highland football team is still squarely on the playoff bubble heading into Friday’s season finale against Red Mountain.
The Hawks actually dropped a pair of spots in the seedings after all the results from last week were factored in and now sit at No. 14 in Division I. Sixteen teams make the playoffs, but the weakness of Section I could adversely affect Highland.
Each of the three sections get three automatic bids into the playoffs regardless of where the teams finish in the overall standings. As it stands, Cibola is the No. 19 team in the power points but should qualify for the postseason as Section I’s final automatic bid. Therefore, the No. 16 seed in the power rankings could get bumped, and if Highland loses it may very well be that team.
The Hawks are 6-3 this season with a win over Desert Mountain and a close loss to Basha. At a glance, Highland is worthy of being a playoff team, but a loss on Friday may not allow it.