The No. 6 Tigers open with No. 11 Santa Fe, and while Aztec won't overlook the Demons, the thought of a 2010 title rematch with No. 3 Artesia in the quarterfinals is too tempting to ignore for Aztec senior quarterback Adam Lucero.
"I have had a bad taste in my mouth since we lost to them in the championship in 2010, so I want revenge," Lucero said.
PV was awarded with the No. 7 seed and a home rematch against No. 10 St. Pius X.
Panthers are ready to atone for their two-point loss to the Sartans on Oct. 19.
"We have been craving redemption and are elated at the shot to play a tough St. Pius team in a win-or-go-home situation," said PV senior wide receiver Bryson Martinez.
The Scorpions were left scratching their heads Saturday after being seeded No. 9 and were given a road game at No. 8 Moriarty.
Both teams finished 7-3 on the season, but the Fighting Pintos finished atop District 5-4A with wins over St. Pius and Del Norte, which was likely the deciding factor.
"It's what we have to do," said FHS coach Gary Bradley on opening on the road. "This is what happens when you leave it up to people who don't know us and might not know that much about football. Moriarty is a good ball club and we'll have to be ready.
"We got some resilient football players and
Bloomfield earned the No. 4 seed and a bye in the 3A bracket, but a tough matchup looms in the quarterfinals with three-time defending state champion Lovington the likely opponent.
"We're going to prepare for Lovington," said Bobcats' head coach Bruce Hatch. "We've played Pojoaque already, so we know what to expect if they somehow win. Everybody is pretty excited. The senior are coming off one win last year, so this is great for them."
Navajo Prep won their first football district title and were awarded with a the No. 10 seed.
The Eagles were surprised to be that high with most projections having them locked in at the No. 12 spot prior to the brackets release.
"We're excited where we were seeded," said Eagles' head coach Rod Denetso. "The kids and coaching staff worked hard, and I'm confident we can go out and win."
The better seed wasn't much of a reward as the team now faces a seven-hour bus ride to No. 7 Clayton on Saturday.
The Farmington game in Moriarty will be Friday night at 7 p.m. Aztec and PV game times were unknown at press time but are expected to be Friday night as well.