Marana football

 

Marana football players serenade thier fans with the school fight song following their 27-24 win over Catalina Foothills.

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The 2016 football playoffs brackets are set and all five Northwest teams are in the playoffs.

Three local teams will host playoff games, including Marana which has never hosted a postseason football game and has not been to the playoffs in almost a decade. The No. 7 Tigers are on an 8-game winning streak after beating Rincon Friday night. They will play host to No. 10 Kellis.

The highest seeded team is Ironwood Ridge. The Nighthawks are no stranger to the postseason and are the No. 3 team in 5A. They will host No. 14 Flowing Wells, who have two elementary schools in the Marana area. The Caballeros were the lowest seeded at-large team as two teams outside the top-16 earned playoff berths due to winning their regions.

Despite losing their last game to No. 1 Cienega, Mountain View will host a playoff game as well. The No. 8 Mountain Lions face No. 9 Mesquite. If they win they would likely get a rematch with Cienega. Although they fell to the Bobcats the Lions had three redzone turnovers in the game and feel they can play with the Bobcats.

In 4A CDO is in. The Dorados are ranked 13th and will travel down the road to No. 4 Salpointe. It is a rematch as the two teams faced Friday night with the Lancers winning 31-13 to clinch the regional title.

Northside Catalina Foothills is the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Cactus Shadows.

Pusch Ridge is the lone area team to leave the Tucson area. The No. 10 Lions will play No. 7 Northwest Christian Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix area.

All other games are Friday night at 7 p.m.

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