There are three weeks left in the high school football season, and things are starting to shape up in terms of playoff participants.
And by shape up, I mean ... almost nothing is settled. But a lot of teams are in good shape, assuming they can continue on a positive track.
Of the 17 or so local teams that can safely be considered in playoff contention, only one — Salpointe Catholic — could lay down and take a nap for three weeks and still make the playoffs. The Lancers (7-0) aren't going to do that, though, as they'd like to stay rated No. 1 in the Division II power points in order to assure staying in Southern Arizona for the entirety of the playoffs.
(That's assuming the rumors the AIA plans on playing the D-II and D-III title games at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 29 and 30 are true)
Salpointe's last two regular season games will be good pre-playoff tests, most likely against fellow postseason participants. Then there's tonight's visit from Casa Grande Vista Grande (2-5), a team that has scored 37 points all season and has been outscored 129-0 the last three games.
The running clock will probably start so early the Salpointe sideline watchers will be home by 9 p.m.
Thankfully, a couple of the remaining matchups involving playoff teams are far more competitive.
Rincon/University (0-7) at No. 7 Tucson High (6-1)
No. 15 Sierra Vista Buena (4-3) at No. 9 Sahuaro (6-1)
No. 16 Mountain View (4-3) at No. 10 Ironwood Ridge (5-2)
Desert View (1-6) at No. 18 Sunnyside (4-3)
No. 7 Sabino (5-2) at Cholla (1-6)
Marana (4-3) at No. 8 Canyon del Oro (6-1)
No. 15 Catalina Foothills (5-2) at Casa Grande (2-5)
No. 11 Rio Rico (5-2) at No. 22 Amphitheater (4-3)
No. 23 Walden Grove (3-4) at No. 14 Palo Verde (5-2)
No. 9 Pusch Ridge Christian (5-2) at San Carlos (2-4)
No. 16 Benson (4-3) at Tanque Verde (2-5)