KENS 5 AREA H.S. FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Judson, Navarro remain No. 1

SAN ANTONIO – If it had been a boxing match, the outcome would have been determined by the judges. Fortunately for the Reagan Rattlers, high school football has overtime.

Pushed to the limit by an inspired MacArthur team that went into the game 1-3, Reagan pulled out a 38-34 overtime victory in the District 26-6A opener for both squads last Friday at Heroes Stadium.

The Rattlers, who have run the table each year in winning four consecutive league titles, extended their district winning streak to 25 games.

Until the last 30 seconds of regulation, it appeared that the Brahmas would become the first team to hand Reagan a district loss since Roosevelt beat the Rattlers on Nov. 9, 2012.

“There was never a point in time in that game where it was over until it was over,” Mac coach Ben Cook said Tuesday.

The Brahmas led 31-24 before Reagan’s John Carrington scored on a 2-yard run with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Steven Opella kicked the extra point to send the game into overtime.

After Mac had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Grant Becker on the first possession of OT, the Rattlers responded with a 6-yard TD run by Carrington to win the game.

“Backyard brawl, you know?” Reagan coach Lyndon Hamilton said before talking up Mac senior quarterback Tyler Vitt. “We knew that he was going to put some points up on us. He does a great job of operating their offense. He’s the commander of their ship. We were fortunate enough to push it to an overtime win tonight."

Vitt had a stellar game, completing 36 of 42 passes for 428 yards and four TDs. He was on fire early, connecting on his first 29 attempts.

“Our defense found a way to get a stop for a field goal and the offense found a way to punch it in there at the end,” Hamilton said. “I think we’re kind of learning as we go. We’ll take it. We’re 1-0 in district play. Everybody knows how 26-6A can be."

“We knew it would be a four-quarter game and, sure enough, we were fortunate to get out of here with a win tonight. We have a lot of things we need to fix.”

Reagan (4-1) remained No. 5 in the KENS 5 area Class 6A rankings. The Rattlers, who have an open date this week, are in their first season with Hamilton at the helm. Reagan’s defensive coordinator the previous four years, Hamilton was promoted to head coach after David Wetzel resigned in December to join the Baylor coaching staff.

Judson and Navarro, remained No. 1 in the 6A and Sub-6A rankings, respectively. The Rockets beat Steele for the first time in their eight-game series, holding on for a 35-28 victory after taking a 35-7 lead into the fourth quarter.

Judson (5-0) stayed at No. 2 in the Associated Press 6A state poll and is No. 17 in the USA Today national rankings. The Rockets have an open date this week.

O’Connor, Smithson Valley and Clemens, all 5-0, remained No. 2, 3 and 4 in the KENS 5 Class 6A rankings.

Navarro beat traditional South Texas power Refugio 21-17 last Friday night. Boerne (5-0), Somerset (4-1), Pleasanton (5-0) and Medina Valley (4-1), in that order, round out the top five of the Sub-6A rankings.

Reagan managed to slip by Mac despite getting out-gained 545-360.

“Going into the game, we talked to our guys about preparing and being focused and controlling the things that you can control, like playing hard, knowing your technique, excellent preparation.  Our seniors did a fantastic job of leading. Our players went out there and just concentrated on playing hard.”

Cook expressed pride in how his players responded to the heartbreaking loss.

“To their credit, they came back ready to work on Monday,” he said. “The takeaway, I told them, is that when you play hard and play as a team, you guys are pretty good.”

One player who was better than pretty good was Vitt, who has been the Brahmas’ starting quarterback since the first game of his sophomore season.

“What we’ve really noticed about him is the big leap he’s made in his leadership skills,” Cook said of Vitt. “He’s always been a good leader, but he took it to a different level this past offseason, and so did the kids with them. He’s very much a student of the game.”

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Judson (5-0)

District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Steele 35-28
The skinny: The Rockets beat Steele for the first time in their eight-game series, but the Knights made it close by storming back from a 35-7 deficit with 21 unanswered points in a span of 6:18 in the fourth quarter.
This week: Idle

2. O’Connor (5-0)
District:
28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Taft 52-28
The skinny: Quarterback Roel Sanchez and running back Treyshaen Patterson were a lethal one-two punch for the Panthers, who piled up 502 yards of total offense. Sanchez completed 21 of 40 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns, and Patterson rushed for 128 yards and three scores on 28 carries. Patterson also caught two passes for 18 yards.
This week: vs. Warren, Saturday, 7 p.m. Farris Stadium

3. Smithson Valley (5-0)
District: 27-6A

Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated East Central 54-0
The skinny: Levi Williams torched the Hornets in the rout, hitting 11 of 16 passes for 242 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ricky Rios had three catches for 107 yards and two TDs.
This week: Idle

4. Clemens (5-0)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated Wagner 23-0
The skinny: The Buffaloes outgained the Thunderbirds 265-96 in total offense, and wide receiver Tommy Bush finished with three receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
This week: Idle

5. Reagan (4-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated MacArthur 38-34 (OT)
The skinny: The Rattlers withstood a stellar game by MacArthur quarterback Tyler Vitt, who was 36 of 42 for 428 yards and four touchdowns, to win their 25th consecutive district game in their league opener. Mac lost despite outgaining Reagan 545-360 in total offensive yardage.
This week: vs. No. 8 Churchill, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

6. Johnson (3-2)
District:
26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Roosevelt 42-0
The skinny: Running back Alex Rodriguez rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries, and Mike Chandler completed 4 of 8 passes for 105 yards and two scores, both to Brandon McDuffie.
This week: vs. MacArthur, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium

7. Brandeis (4-1)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated Clark 35-28
The skinny: Running back Marlon Flores-Flores was a workhorse for the Broncos, rushing 36 times for 347 yards (9.6 average) and two touchdowns in Brandeis’ final tuneup before starting zone play this week.
This week: vs. Taft, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

8. Churchill (4-1)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Lee 38-24
The skinny: Diego Vela rushed for 126 yards on 14 carries as the Chargers beat an old rival in their district opener.  
This week: vs. No. 5 Reagan, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

9. New Braunfels (4-1)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: 10
Last week: Defeated New Braunfels 49-7
The skinny: Running backs Joseph Leybas and Piale Thomas sparked the Unicorns in their bounce-back victory after last week’s 49-7 loss to top-ranked Johnson. Leybas rushed 11 times for 123 yards (11.2 average) and one touchdown, and Thomas scampered for 116 yards on only six carries (19.3 average) and two scores.
This week: Idle

10. Steele (1-4)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Lost to Judson 35-28
The skinny: The Knights have lost four in a row and are 0-2 in district, but they were outgained only 406-341 by top-ranked Judson.
This week: Idle

Entering the rankings: None
Dropping out of the rankings: None

Sub-6A

1. Navarro (5-0)
District:
13-4A Division II
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Refugio 21-17
The skinny: The Panthers led 14-0 after one quarter and 21-10 at the half in a matchup of traditional powers. Navarro stopped the Bobcats on downs at the Panthers’ 35 with 8:36 left and did not give up the ball until only 17 seconds remained.   
This week: vs. No. 9 Central Catholic, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lee Field, Geronimo

2. Boerne (5-0)
District:
14-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Bandera 37-0
The skinny: Quarterback Brooks Klutts had another strong game for the Greyhounds, completing 8 of 12 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns.  
This week: at Wimberley, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

3. Somerset (4-1)
District:
15-4A/Division I
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated Harlandale 35-14
The skinny: Somerset’s Zadock Dinkelmann had one of his best games of the season, hitting 13 of 20 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
This week: Idle

4. Pleasanton (5-0)
District:
District 15-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Carrizo Springs 28-7
The skinny: Quarterback Johnny Zamora, running back Austin Renner and wide receiver Issac Mendiola fueled the Eagles’ offense. Zamora hit 14 of 20 attempts for 232 yards and two touchdowns, and Renner finished with 107 rushing yards and one score. Mendiola had five catches for 101 yards and one TD.      
This week: Idle

5. Medina Valley (4-1)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Marble Falls 50-30
The skinny: Caytan Chang (9-178-3) and Devin Johnson (11-125-1) each rushed for more than 100 yards as the Panthers improved to 2-0 in the district. Chang and Johnson averaged 19.8 and 11.4 yards per carry, respectively.
This week: Idle

6. Kerrville Tivy (3-2)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Alamo Heights 42-7
The skinny: Karson Valverde completed 20 of 31 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Antlers even their district record at 1-1.
This week: Idle

7. Boerne Champion (2-3)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated Lockhart 42-14
The skinny: Travis Brin helped Champion break out of its two-game skid and go to 1-1 in district, hitting 18 of 29 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns
This week: Idle

8. Alamo Heights (2-3)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Lost to Alamo Heights 42-7
The skinny: The Mules had won back-to-back games by identical 42-14 scores before running into the Antlers.
This week: Idle

9. Central Catholic (5-0)
District:
TAPPS Division I/District 2
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Eagle Pass Winn 22-6
The skinny: The unbeaten Buttons face a major test against Navarro this week.
This week: at No. 1 Navarro, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lee Field, Geronimo

10. Highlands (3-1)
District:
28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Idle
The skinny: The Owls are 1-1 in district play.
This week: vs. Kennedy, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Edgewood Veterans Stadium

Entering rankings: None
Dropping out of rankings: None

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