COTTONWOOD-58 teams from 12 towns comprising the Northern Arizona Youth Football league are whittling themselves down to crown champions.
Last Saturday was the quarterfinals and three teams from High Desert Youth Football (based in Cottonwood) played playoff games.
The Cottonwood Colts (Minors) are the only Verde Valley team still with a shot to win it all. They beat Wickenburg 32-0 at Cottonwood Middle School Saturday. The Pete-Kelly-coached Colts have not lost a game all season, but their toughest challenge lies ahead of them: the Flagstaff Packers Nov. 5.
The Flag Packers have one loss, but they have more power points than the Colts. Both teams feel they have the right to host the game, but it's possible the contest will be played in Sedona to split the difference.
The Cottonwood Bears (Minors) lost a double overtime game to the Prescott Valley Outlaws at Bradshaw Mountain HS Saturday, 43-37.
The Cottonwood Lobos (Mighty Mites) lost to Wickenburg 32-6, Saturday at Cottonwood Middle School.
The playoffs culminate to championship games played at Mingus HS Nov. 12. Consolation games are scheduled at CMS the same day.
The league's cheerleading competition is also happening the same day in the Mingus HS gym. Three ASU cheerleading experts will judge 30 teams ages 5-14.
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