Verrado and Buckeye each lost first-round games in the Division III state football playoffs, but nine- and eight-win seasons, respectively, give both teams plenty to look forward to in the future.
Ninth-seeded Verrado traveled to Tucson Canyon del Oro and lost 38-21, while No. 15 Buckeye had to play at Gilbert Williams Field, falling 49-14.
Verrado coach Derek Wahlstrom said it was absolutely a satisfying season, despite the disappointment of losing in the first round.
“At the end of the year, you go 9-2, you make the playoffs for the first time in school history, we accomplished so many things,” Wahlstrom said. “You’ve got to be proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our young men this year.”
Buckeye coach Kelley Moore was pleased with the personal strides his team made as young men, he said.