Despite defeating Piedra Vista Friday night and finishing with a 7-3 overall record, the Scorpions received the No. 9 seed Saturday night when the New Mexico Activities Association unveiled its playoff brackets.
Just moments before brackets were released, Moriarty took a big win against St. Pius X in a regular season finale to jump up and earn the No. 8 seed ahead of Farmington, and the Scorps will hit the road to face the Pintos this week in the first round of the tournament.
A win for the Scorps would pin the green team against No. 1 Goddard in the quarterfinals.
District 1-4A champion Aztec received the No. 6 seed after finishing 5-4 overall with the state’s second toughest schedule of any 4A team.
The defending 4A state champion Tigers will host No. 11 Santa Fe this week at Fred Cook Memorial Stadium in the tournament’s opening round.
With a win, Aztec would hit the road to face No. 3 Artesia in the quarterfinals.
Piedra Vista (8-2) slipped out of a first-round bye with the loss to Farmington that also cost the Panthers the 1-4A title. The Panthers still received a home game, however, and will host No. 10 St. Pius X in a rematch of a game played Oct. 19 at Hutchison Stadium in Farmington.
In that game, the Sartans (5-4) defeated Piedra Vista 30-28 to hand PV its first loss of the season.
A win for the Panthers would send the team to No. 2 Los Lunas in the quarterfinals.
In the 3A bracket, District 1-3A champion Bloomfield received a first-round bye and the No. 4 seed after finishing unbeaten in district and 6-4 overall.
The Bobcats will enjoy the week off and prepare for No. 5 Lovington, who is expected to beat No. 12 Pojoaque Valley in the opening round.
For the first time in school history, the Navajo Prep Eagles will play a playoff game.
The District 1-2A champions were selected as 2A’s No. 10 seed, and the Eagles will head to No. 7 Clayton this week in an effort to reach the state quarterfinals.
For more reaction from local coaches to Saturday night’s playoff selections, see Monday’s print edition of The Daily Times and visit www.daily-times.com.