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There should be at least two unbeaten teams in the top three divisions when the regular season of high school football wraps up tonight, and maybe as many as five that will finish with perfect records.

Division I will almost certainly feature two of those teams expected to close out undefeated seasons, including at the very top where No. 1 Mountain Pointe High School is 9-0 and tonight is taking on Dobson High, which has won just two games this season.

Mountain Pointe, which is averaging 414 yards of offense each game and is ranked by MaxPreps as the No. 1 team in the state, rolled over its last two opponents by a combined score of 94-0 – and Dobson is likely to meet a similar fate.  The Mustangs (2-7) have lost their last five games and are coming off a demoralizing 52-3 beat-down by Brophy Prep.

Once the playoffs start, The Pride will be the odds-on favorite to  bring home the 2013 state championship.  Their senior quarterback, Antonio Hinojosa, is completing 68 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,351 yards this season.  And, to stop the Pride running game, opponents have to deal with three running backs who have each accumulated more than 500 yards: senior Wesley Payne (522) and juniors Paul Lucas (565) and Brandyn Leonard (511).

The other team in Division I that will most certainly stroll into the playoffs with an unblemished record is 9-0 Westview High School, the No. 5 team in D-I, which wraps the season tonight with a game against winless Maryvale High.  Westview narrowly avoided being upset last week when Millennium High took the Knights to a 21-14 conclusion, but should have no such issues tonight against Maryvale, which has been shut out five times this season and unable to score more than 19 points against any opponent.

Division II features the most plausible scenario for an unbeaten to fall, as a couple of Tucson teams take center stage.  No. 1 Salpointe Catholic (9-0) will be challenged by No. 5  Tucson High (7-2) in a game that will likely see plenty of points put on the board.

Tucson is averaging 431 yards of offense and 45 points a game, while scoring 49 touchdowns on the year. Salpointe piles up 408 yards and just a shade under 50 points a game, and has put 63 TDs on the scoreboard; the Lancers’ lowest-scoring game was 40 points.

Salpointe’s strength is in its passing game, directed by senior quarterback Andrew Cota, who completes 67 percent of his passes and throws for an average of 214 yards per outing.  He has 1,716 yards on the year.  Tucson counters with a senior signal-caller of its own in Donovan Moore, who has 1,382 yards passing and another 938 rushing.

Sophomore running back Bryce Coleman, the other half of the running game for the Badgers, will be looking to crack the 1,000-yard plateau against Salpointe; he has 916 yards so far and picks up an average 102 each game.

Tucson’s success will depend in large part on whether it can pick itself up following last week’s 33-7 loss to Mountain View High, a 6-3 team in Division I.

Division III is the home of the final two unbeatens, No. 1 Desert Edge High School, and No. 4 Peoria High.  Both are 9-0 and face teams with winning records tonight.

Desert Edge, which has a potent passing game that is averaging more than 300 yards per game, will take on Agua Fria High School, a 5-4 team that recovered last week with a 48-6 win over Youngker High after losing two straight to Shadow Ridge High and Tolleson High School.

Desert Edge senior QB Anthony Hernandez is just 72 yards shy of the 3,000-yard passing mark and has been picking up 325 per game. Agua Fria’s strong suit is its running game, which averages 251 yards a game behind senior running back Marquice Page, who is contributing 159 yards a game; he picks up 7.5 yards a carry.

Peoria will try to keep its record unbroken when it plays Cactus High, a 6-3 Glendale team that is coming off huge wins over Dysart High (55-7) and Goldwater High (42-6).

The Panthers use a balanced attack, averaging 169 yards through the air and 145 on the ground.  Cactus runs up 421 yards a game in total offense, but relies heavily on its ground game, which accounts for 284 of those yards.

To win this one, the Cobras will need a big game from their dual-threat quarterback, Talal Yousufzai.  The big 6’3″ senior has thrown for 819 yards and rushed for another 1,009.