The Round Valley varsity football team has advanced to the AIA’s Division 2A state championship game for the fourth time in the past seven years, including three of the last four years, but the Elks have not won a state title since a tie for the 3A title in 1985 and back-to-back 2A crowns in 1979 and 1980.

The Elks will look to win that elusive gold football trophy when they face the Phoenix Christian Cougars at 7 p.m. at Scottsdale Coronado High on Friday, Dec. 6.

Whatever happens on Friday will halt a three-year title run by Thatcher.

Phoenix Christian, which won back-to-back state titles in 2003 and 2004, advanced to its first state title game since 2008, the year the Cougars lost to St. Johns in the 2A final.

Phoenix Christian will be going for the school’s sixth state title in football. The Cougars will be appearing in a final for the ninth time in program history.

Round Valley has six state championships in football and 11 state title game appearances since 1964.

The Elks and Cougars met during the regular season on Sept. 27 and Phoenix Christian came out on top, 21-16.

Arizona Interscholastic Assoc.

Div. 2A Football Championships

Friday, Nov. 8, First Round

No. 1 Round Valley 52, No. 16 Miami 30

No. 9 Benson 63, No. 8 Phoenix Veritas Prep 19

No. 5 Parker 20, No. 12 Wellton Antelope 0

No. 4 Eloy Santa Cruz 39, No. 13 Chandler Prep 6

No. 3 Phoenix Christian 62, No. 14 Alchesay 6

No. 6 St. Johns 35, No. 10 Phoenix Ariz. Lutheran 7

No. 7 Thatcher 48,No. 10 Bisbee 7

No. 2 Goodyear Trivium Prep 35, No. 15 Morenci 28

Friday, Nov. 15

Second round at high seeds

Round Valley 36, Benson 14

Santa Cruz 50, Parker 12

Phoenix Christian 27, St. Johns 20

Thatcher 21, Trivium Prep 7

Saturday, Nov. 23


At Scottsdale Coronado High

Phoenix Christian 28, Thatcher 0

At Gilbert Campo Verde High

Round Valley 33, Santa Cruz 15

At Scottsdale Coronado High

Friday, Dec. 6


Round Valley vs. Phoenix Christian, 7 p.m.

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