To no one’s real surprise Saturday, Clovis Christian emerged as the top seed in the state 6-man football playoffs.
The Eagles (8-0), the state’s lone undefeated 6-man squad, thumped previously unbeaten Roy 56-22 on Friday. Both teams received first-round byes.
“That’s what last night was all about,” Clovis Christian coach Jason Swann said Saturday. “Whoever won was going to be the first seed.”
They await the winner of a first-round matchup between fourth-seeded Hondo and No. 5 Valley Christian.
Roy is seeded second and will host the winner of Lake Arthur and Elida, which found out Saturday a 5-4 mark was good enough for a berth.
“It made my week,” Elida coach Clay Ferguson said of receiving one of two at-large bids.
The third-seeded Coyotes host the Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday. Ferguson said his squad is mostly healthy, though Kevin Mitchell has been working through a shoulder problem.
The Eagles’ injury problems are more severe, with Kevin Naceanceno suffering a broken right thumb Friday. Swann said Clovis Christian led 30-0 before Naceanceno’s injury.
“He’s probably going to be out for the semifinals,” Swann said. “Hopefully, we can get him back for the finals. It’s a day-to-day thing.”