5 things to watch in sports this week Oct. 22

Camp Verde defenders tackle a Sedona Red Rock ball carrier last year. The Cowboys beat their rival 12-8. (VVN/Bill Helm)

Camp Verde defenders tackle a Sedona Red Rock ball carrier last year. The Cowboys beat their rival 12-8. (VVN/Bill Helm)

Super rematch

The National Football League’s Sunday action wraps up with a doozy.

The Atlanta Falcons travel to the New England Patriots for a Super Bowl rematch on NBC at 5:30 p.m.

Both teams have more losses than expected but they’re still atop their divisions.

Plus there is surely bad blood between the two after the Falcons blew a 25-point lead and then the Patriots trolled them about it.

Classic Fall Classic

The Fall Classic looks like it will be a must watch.

As of press time the results of Game 7 of the American League Championship were not available but regardless of whether the New York Yankees or Houston Astros make it, the World Series should be a good show.

Both the Yankees and Astros are young, exciting teams and if New York makes it, then they will face the old rivals for the 12th time. New York holds the edge over Los Angeles/Brooklyn eight WS titles to three.

IF Houston makes it then they will be the sentimental favorite.

Meanwhile the Dodgers won a Major League best 104 regular season games and have rolled through the playoffs.

All the World Series games are at 5 p.m. on Fox and this week they are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Last serves

Camp Verde High and Mingus Union volleyball have had tough seasons but look to end them on high notes this week at home.

On Tuesday night at 6 p.m., the Cowboys host Paradise Honors in their Senior Night match.

Then on Thursday night the Marauders welcome Lee Williams for their Senior Night match at 6 p.m.

Friday night lights

Friday night will be another lively one for football in the Verde Valley.

In Cottonwood, the resurgent Marauders host No. 2 Sunrise Mountain. It could be a must win game for Mingus Union and it’s a chance for revenge against the Mustangs who beat them two weeks in a row last year. And of course it’s a potential playoff preview.

In Sedona, Camp Verde High closes out the season at rival Sedona Red Rock. Both teams have had tough seasons, but the Cowboys are expected to finish the season on a high note.

Arizona schools rise again in Pac-12 South

Don’t look now but the Arizona Pac-12 football schools are contenders in their division.

Last Saturday ASU upset then No. 5 Washington 13-7. Earlier in the day, Arizona beat 47-20.

The Sun Devils had the bigger win but UA has the better record and its two losses were narrow ones. Plus they came before Khalil Tate took over as the Wildcats’ quarterback. The Washington Post called him the player of October.

On Saturday, UA hosts No. 15 Washington State on the Pac-12 Network at 6:30 p.m. Then at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN No. 11 USC plays at ASU.

What a Saturday for football in the Grand Canyon State.

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