Coin Toss Will Set Stage For State Play

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A coin flip will decide all-important state seeding if the East region football title chase ends in a three-way tie.

With the odds of a dead knot very high, region athletic directors decided the flip, rather than playoffs, would be the best method to determine which three of the East's four teams will advance to the state tournament set to begin Nov. 4.

Blue Ridge, Payson and Round Valley are currently tied for first place with identical 4-1 records.

In regular season-ending games Oct. 28, Payson travels to Show Low, Blue Ridge hosts Snowflake and Round Valley takes on Holbrook.

The three-region leaders are favorites to win the season finales, which would set up the tie for first.

The squad that would get shortchanged in a three-way flip would be the one that fell to third place.

As a third place region finisher, that team would have to travel for the opening round to the South region's runner-up.

Which means a tough road game against a higher seed.

The East teams that finish one and two in the flip will receive advantageous first-round home games.

The East No. 2 finisher hosts the South No. 3 team. The East one-seed in the flip hosts South No. 4.

For the Horns to avoid the possibility of falling as low as a three-seed, the best scenario would be for Snowflake to upset Blue Ridge in the regular season-ending showdown.

That would mean Round Valley and Payson will be tied for the region championship. The Longhorns, however, would take the first-seed by virtue of their Oct. 21 win over the Elks.

If the tie does occur, PHS athletic director Dave Bradley said the coin flip would take place the following morning, however, he does not know where it would be held.

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