KENS 5 H.S. football rankings: Teams poised for second half of regular season

SAN ANTONIO – As another month begins, the top half of the KENS 5 Class 6A and Sub-6A high school football area rankings generally look the same as they did after the first week of the season.

With five weeks left in the regular season, Steele (4-1) is No. 1 in the 6A rankings and Alamo Heights (5-0) sits atop the Sub-6A Top 10.

Judson climbed from No. 2 to No. 1 in the 6A Top 10 after Steele lost a 59-56 double-overtime thriller to Austin Lake Travis in the Week 2, but the Knights reclaimed the top spot with a 30-9 victory over the Rockets in a District 27-6A game Sept. 23.

Steele and Judson, both of which had byes last week, remain 1-2 in the KENS 5 rankings.

No. 2 in the first Sub-6A Top 10 of the season, Alamo Heights moved up to the top spot after Boerne Champion fell to Brandeis in Week 3. The Mules are the only 5-0 Class 5A team in the area. Champion (4-1) has remained No. 2 since slipping from No. 1. The Chargers play Heights in the next-to-last game of the regular season in Boerne.  

Steele has been the area’s most dominant team in the UIL’s largest classification since 2010, when it won the 5A state championship with a team that included running back Malcolm Brown (Texas/Los Angeles Rams) and quarterback Tommy Armstrong (Nebraska).

The Knights finished the 2010 season with a 13-game winning streak after stumbling to a 1-2 start, and haven’t lost two regular-season games in the same year since then. Steele has won 36 consecutive district games since losing to Kerrville Tivy 38-34 on Oct. 23, 2009. That was the last year the Knights were in the UIL’s second-largest classification, then 4A.

Steele also beat district opponent Smithson Valley in the first half of the season this year, but still must play district rival Clemens, which is 4-1 and No. 3 in the 6A rankings. The Buffaloes are coached by former Steele assistant coach Jared Johnston.

Clemens’ marquee player is senior Frank Harris, one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the area. Harris has committed to UTSA.

Steele and Clemens clash in their annual Battle of 3009, named after the farm-to-market road that divides the schools’ attendance zones, on Nov. 4. The game will be the regular-season finale for both teams.

Reagan, O’Connor, Johnson, Smithson Valley and Brandeis remained No. 4 through No. 8, respectively, in the 6A area rankings. Churchill, No. 9 last week, dropped out of the Top 10 after losing to Reagan. Madison moved back into the rankings at No. 9, and New Braunfels remained No. 10. The Unicorns play Steele this week.

Navarro, Antonian, Holy Cross, Somerset and Uvalde remained ranked No. 3-7, in that order, in the Sub-6A rankings. No. 8 Sam Houston and No. 9 Edison each moved up a spot after Boerne dropped out of the Top 10 following a 17-14 loss to Wimberley. Pleasanton moved into the Sub-6A rankings for the first time this season, checking in at No. 10.

Last week’s schedule was light because most area teams had mid-season byes.   

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Steele (4-1)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The bye week came at a good time for blue-chip quarterback Xavier Martin, who missed the Knights’ 30-9 victory over Judson on Sept. 23 with an ankle sprain.   
This week: at No. 10 New Braunfels, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

2. Judson (4-1)
District: 27-6A

Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Rockets used their bye week to get back on track after being soundly beaten by Steele.
This week: vs. East Central, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium, Judson H.S.

3.  Clemens (4-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week:
No. 3
Last week: Bye
The skinny: Is Clemens the only 27-6A team that can beat Steele?
This week: vs. New Braunfels Canyon, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium, Clemens H.S.

4. Reagan (5-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week:
No. 4
Last week: Defeated Churchill 31-6
The skinny: Reagan has won four in a row since a 27-24 road loss to Laredo United that coach David Wetzel said was a wake-up call for the Rattlers.
This week: vs. Lee, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium

5. O’Connor (5-1)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week:
No. 5
Last week: Defeated Warren 42-23
The skinny: The Panthers are the only 28-6A team with five victories. 
This week: Bye

6. Johnson (5-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week:
No. 6
Last week: Defeated MacArthur 35-21
The skinny: Johnson is on a collision course with defending district champion Reagan.
This week: vs. Churchill, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium

7. Smithson Valley (2-2)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week:
No. 7
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Rangers traditionally have hit another gear at midseason under coach Larry Hill.
This week: vs. Wagner, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium, Smithson Valley H.S.

8. Brandeis (4-2)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week:
No. 8
Last week: Defeated Taft 52-17
The skinny: The Broncos have won four in a row after an 0-2 start.  
This week: vs. Marshall, Thursday, 7 p.m., Farris Stadium

9. Madison (3-2)
District 26-6A
Ranking last week:
Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Roosevelt 44-14
The skinny: The Mavericks are over .500 at midseason for the first time since 2013.  
This week: vs. MacArthur, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

10. New Braunfels (3-2)
District: 27-6A

Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Unicorns have had an extra week to prepare for the area’s top team.
This week: vs. No. 1 Steele, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Unicorn Stadium, New Braunfels H.S.  

Dropped out of rankings: Churchill (4-2)

Sub-6A

1. Alamo Heights (5-0)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week:
No. 1
Last week: Bye
The skinny: Heights is the area’s only undefeated 5A team.  
This week: at Seguin, Friday, 7:30 p.m.  

2. Boerne Champion (4-1)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Chargers (2-0) are tied with Alamo Heights and Dripping Springs for first place in District 26-5A.  
This week: at Marble Falls, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

3. Navarro (6-0)
District:
13-4A / Division II
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated Central Catholic 56-34
The skinny: Navarro, Antonian and Holy Cross are the first area teams to reach the 6-0 mark this season.
This week: at Llano, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

4. Antonian (6-0)
District: TAPPS Division I / District 2
Ranking last week: No. 4 
Last week: Defeated Bandera 38-14
The skinny: Running back Kyte McDonald continued his torrid pace in the win over Bandera, rushing for 188 yards and three TDs on 24 carries.  
This week: Bye

5. Holy Cross (6-0)
District:
TAPPS Division II / District 3
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Cornerstone 44-0  
The skinny: Holy Cross and San Antonio Christian are tied for the lead in their district race with 2-0 records.
This week: at San Antonio Christian, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

6. Somerset (4-1)
District: 15-4A / Division I
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Bulldogs used their bye week to prepare for their district opener.  
This week: at Beeville Jones, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Stadium

7. Uvalde (4-1)
District:
29-5A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Coyotes started the season favored to win the 29-5A title.
This week: vs. Southside, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Uvalde

8. Sam Houston (4-2)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Burbank 34-7
The skinny: Sam Houston bounced back from its 13-0 loss to Brackenridge with a decisive victory over Burbank.    
This week: vs. Lanier, Friday, 7:30 p.m., SAISD Sports Complex

9. Edison (4-1)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated Brackenridge 31-17
The skinny: The Golden Bears are in a two-way tie for fourth in the 28-5A race.
This week: vs. Burbank, Saturday, 7 p.m., Alamo Stadium

10. Pleasanton (4-1)
District: 15-4A / Division I
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Eagles open district play this seek.
This week: at Rockport-Fulton, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Dropped out of the rankings this week: Boerne (4-2)

(© 2016 KENS)


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