KENS 5 H.S. football rankings: Spotlight on Champion-Heights matchup

SAN ANTONIO – Boerne Champion and Alamo Heights square off this week in a highly anticipated District 26-5A clash featuring the top two teams in the KENS 5 Sub-6A area rankings.  

Champion, 7-1 overall and 5-0 in district play, inched up to No. 1 in the Sub-6A Top 10 this week after Alamo Heights (7-1, 4-1) lost to Dripping Springs 64-54 last Friday night. The Mules had been No. 1 since Champion fell to Brandeis in Week 3 of the season.

The Chargers host Heights at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Boerne ISD Stadium. Champion would clinch the 26-5A title with a victory while wins by the Mules and Dripping Springs would create a three-way tie. The Chargers beat Dripping Springs 45-40 on Oct. 14.

“It makes for great high school football,” Champion coach Keith Kaiser said Monday, looking ahead to the game against Heights. “I think it’s going to be a great atmosphere. Their fans travel extremely well and, of course, we’ll fill it up. I think it’ll be a standing-room-only type of atmosphere.”

Kaiser, a 1985 MacArthur graduate who played quarterback for the Brahmas, has a warm relationship with Mules head coach Mike Norment, a 1981 Churchill graduate and former Chargers lineman.  

“I’ve known Coach Norment for 20 years,” Kaiser said. “He’s a dear friend of mine.”

Kaiser is also a good friend of Heights offensive coordinator Randy Osborne, a 1988 MacArthur graduate who played football for the Brahmas. His father, John Osborne, was Kaiser’s head coach at Mac.  

“I’ve known that family for such a long time,” said Kaiser, who is in his fourth season at Champion. “It plays out like you want everything to be, playing for a district championship. I think it’s going to be a neat night.”

Kaiser coached in the Northside and North East school districts before moving from Marshall, where he was the head coach for three seasons, to Champion in 2014.

“What I’ve really enjoyed and think is so neat, when I was at Northside and North East for quite a few years, it didn’t matter if you were home or away,” Kaiser said. “You went to the same stadium. They just told you what side of the stands you’re sitting on, what locker room you had."

“Out here, what’s really neat is going to communities. All of that Alamo Heights community is going to drive out here, and it’s going to be a great environment. Thank goodness we get them here.”

Heights leads the series against Champion 5-2, but the Chargers have won the last two meetings – 31-14 last year and 56-31 in 2014. The Mules beat Champion for the fifth consecutive time 41-17 in 2013.

The Champion-Heights game will share the spotlight with another matchup sure to draw a big crowd in Week 9 of the season. Judson, No. 2 in the KENS 5 Class 6A rankings, plays at No. 5 Smithson Valley in a 27-6A game. Both teams already have clinched playoff spots.

Judson (7-1) and Smithson Valley (5-2) are tied for second in the 27-6A race with 4-1 records. No. 1 in the 6A Top 10, Steele is 7-1 overall and sits atop the 27-6A standings at 5-0.

The top half of the 6A rankings remained the same, but Churchill moved from No. 8 to No. 6 after Johnson and Clemens lost. Johnson slipped from No. 6 to No. 7, and Clemens from No. 7 to No. 8. Brennan and Brandeis remained No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Class 4A power Navarro and undefeated TAPPS team Antonian stayed at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the Sub-6A rankings. Holy Cross, also in TAPPS, climbed from No. 6 to No. 5 after Uvalde lost to Floresville. The Coyotes dropped to No. 8.

Lanier, still unbeaten in 28-5A play, moved from No. 8 to No. 6 and Somerset went from No. 9 to No. 7. SAISD teams Highlands and Brackenridge, both unranked last week, round out the Sub-6A rankings at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Steele (7-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated East Central 62-3
The skinny: The Knights are 89-10 since 2010 when they started competing in the UIL's largest classification and won their first state championship.   
This week: vs. Wagner, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

2. Judson (7-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Clemens 31-24
The skinny: Sophomore running back Sincere McCormick scored the game-winning TD against Clemens on a 9-yard run with 1:35 left. 
This week: at No. 5 Smithson Valley, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

3. Reagan (7-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated Johnson 7-0
The skinny: The stout Reagan defense held Johnson to 133 total yards -- 95 rushing and 38 passing. 
This week: vs. Madison, Saturday, 7 p.m., Heroes Stadium

4. O’Connor (7-1)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated Jay 45-9
The skinny: The Panthers are one victory away from sweeping the field in Zone B of District 28-6A. 
This week: vs. Clark, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Farris Stadium

5. Smithson Valley (5-2)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated New Braunfels Canyon 35-3
The skinny: The Rangers have won four in a row since losing to Steele in their district opener.   
This week: vs. No. 2 Judson, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium, Smithson Valley H.S

6. Churchill (7-2)
District 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 8 
Last week: Defeated Roosevelt 34-25
The skinny: The Chargers clinched a playoff berth with the win over Roosevelt.
This week: vs. MacArthur, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium
7. Johnson (6-3)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Lost to Reagan 7-0
The skinny: The Jaguars are third in the 26-6A standings.   
This week: Bye
8.  Clemens (5-3)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Lost to Judson 31-24 
The skinny: The availability of dynamic quarterback Frank Harris, who went out of the game against Judson in the second quarter with a leg injury, is the No. 1 topic of conversation in the Clemens community.  
This week: vs. New Braunfels, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium, Clemens H.S.
9. Brennan (5-3)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Taft 42-7
The skinny: The Bears, who are one win away from sweeping through Zone A of District 28-6A, piled up 526 yards in their rout of Taft. 
This week: vs. Marshall, Thursday, 7 p.m., Farris Stadium   
10. Brandeis (6-3)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated Holmes 56-6
The skinny: The Broncos bounced back from their loss to zone-leading Brennan with a resounding victory.  
This week: Bye
Dropped out of rankings: None

1. Boerne Champion (7-1)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Kerrville Tivy 35-0
The skinny: The Chargers sit atop the 26-5A standings with a 5-0 record. 
This week: vs. No. 2 Alamo Heights, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boerne ISD Stadium  

2. Alamo Heights (7-1)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Lost to Dripping Springs 64-54
The skinny: The Mules' loss to Dripping Springs left Boerne Champion the only team undefeated in 26-5A play. 
This week: at No. 1 Boerne Champion, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boerne ISD Stadium  

3. Navarro (8-0)
District: 13-4A / Division II
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated Wimberley 35-14
The skinny: Jake Wright rushed for 178 yards and four TDs as the Panthers took sole possession of first place in their district.
This week: at Hondo, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

4. Antonian (8-0)
District: TAPPS Division I / District 2
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated St. Anthony 18-15 
The skinny: The Apaches trailed St. Anthony 15-10 heading into the fourth quarter. 
This week: vs.Central Catholic, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Antonian Stadium

5. Holy Cross (7-1)
District: TAPPS Division II / District 3
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Knights will try to get back on track after losing to Austin Regents before their bye week. 
This week: vs. Austin Hyde Park Baptist, Saturday, 7 p.m., Harlandale Memorial Stadium. 

6. Lanier (6-2)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 8 
Last week: Defeated Memorial 44-6
The skinny: The Voks continued their surge to remain the only 28-5A team unbeaten in league play. 
This week: vs.No. 10 Brackenridge, Thursday, 7 p.m., Alamo Stadium

7. Somerset (5-3)
District: 15-4A / Division I
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Robstown 51-13
The skinny: The Bulldogs are in a four-way tie for first in their district. 
This week: vs. Pleasanton, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Somerset H.S.

8. Uvalde (6-2)
District: 29-5A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Lost to Floresville 56-53
The skinny: Uvalde trailed 49-28 after three quarters, but scored 25 points in the final period to nearly pull out a victory.
This week: vs. McCollum, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Honey Bowl Stadium, Uvalde

9. Highlands (5-3)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Edison 33-30
The skinny: Leading 33-10 going into the fourth quarter, the Owls withstood a furious Edison rally to remain tied with Brackenridge for second in 28-5A. 
This week: vs. Memorial, Friday, 7:30 p.m., SAISD Sports Complex

10. Brackenridge (5-3)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Burbank 48-0
The skinny: The Eagles are still in contention for the 28-5A title. 
This week: vs. No. 6 Lanier, Thursday, 7 p.m., Alamo Stadium

Dropping out of rankings: Pleasanton (6-2), Edison (5-2).

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