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

SAN ANTONIO – With most of the area’s best teams idle last week, there wasn’t much movement in the KENS 5 area high school football rankings.

Judson and Navarro both had open dates and remained No. 1 in the Class 6A and Sub-6A rankings.

O’Connor slipped past stubborn Warren to improve to 6-0 and remain No. 2 in 6A. Smithson Valley (5-0), Clemens (5-0) and Reagan (5-1), in that order, remained No. 3, 4 and 5. Smithson Valley and Clemens both had byes, and Reagan beat Churchill 28-21 for its 26th consecutive district victory.

Johnson (4-2), Brandeis (5-1), New Braunfels (4-1), Steele (1-4) and Churchill (4-2), in that order, round out the 6A rankings.

Johnson, 2-0 in District 26-6A, beat MacArthur 28-0 to remained tied with Reagan for the league lead, and Brandeis rolled to a 52-3 rout of Taft in its 28-6A Zone A opener. New Braunfels and Steele, who meet this week, had byes.

Navarro (6-0) tightened its grip on the top spot in the Sub-6A rankings with a 42-21 victory against then-No. 9 Central Catholic (5-1). The Panthers carved out 417 yards while rolling to their 29th consecutive regular-season win.  

Boerne (6-0) remained No. 2 after beating Wimberley 41-28. Somerset (4-1), Pleasanton (5-0) and Medina Valley (4-1), all idle last week, remained No. 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Medina Valley (2-0), tied with preseason 26-5A favorite Dripping Springs, hosts No. 6 Kerrville Tivy (3-2) this week. Tivy had a bye last week.

Boerne Champion (2-3) and Alamo Heights (2-3), both idle last week, remained No. 7 and No. 8. Highlands, which beat Kennedy 38-12, moved from No. 10 to No. 9 and Fredericksburg (5-1) moved into the rankings for the first time this season after defeating Hondo 56-13.

Fredericksburg hosts No. 2 Boerne this week in the District 14-4A Division I opener for both teams.

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Judson (5-0)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Rockets are No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 6A state poll and No. 19 in USA Today’s national rankings.
This week: at East Central, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

2. O’Connor (6-0)
District:
28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Warren 27-23
The skinny: O’Connor pulled out the win despite getting outgained 353-205 in total offensive yardage. The Warriors held the usually potent Panthers offense to 116 yards rushing and 89 passing.
This week: Bye

3. Smithson Valley (5-0)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Rangers are off to their best start since going 10-1 in 2013.
This week: vs. Wagner, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

4. Clemens (5-0)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Bye
The skinny: This could be a trap game for the Buffaloes, who play Smithson Valley next week.
This week: at New Braunfels Canyon, 7:30 p.m.

5. Reagan (5-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Churchill 28-21
The skinny: The Rattlers have won 26 consecutive district games and four straight league titles.
This week: vs. Lee, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium

6. Johnson (4-2)
District:
26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Defeated MacArthur 28-0
The skinny: Johnson (2-0) is tied with Reagan for first place in the 26-6A race.
This week: vs. No. 10 Churchill, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium

7. Brandeis (5-1)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Taft 52-3
The skinny: The Broncos have won five in a row since losing to Johnson 31-28 in their opener.
This week: vs. Marshall, Thursday, 7 p.m., Farris Stadium

8. New Braunfels (4-1)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Bye
The skinny: Three of the Unicorns' last five district games are against Steele, Clemens and Smithson Valley.
This week: vs. No. 9 Steele, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium

9. Steele (1-4)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Knights are on a four-game skid since beating Madison in their opener.  
This week: vs. No. 8 New Braunfels, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium

10. Churchill (4-2)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Lost to Reagan 28-21
The skinny: Reagan led only 21-14 after three quarters before Travis Sthele connected with Konner Fox for a 59-yard touchdown, making it a two-score game with 10:42 left. The Chargers drew to within seven on a 7-yard pass from Derek Perez to Jonathan Alva with 3:01 remaining.
This week: vs. No. 6 Johnson, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium

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

Sub-6A

1. Navarro (6-0)
District:
13-4A Division II
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Central Catholic 42-21
The skinny: The Panthers got 417 of its 473 yards of total offense on the ground, wearing down a Central team that was 5-0. Navarro has won 29 consecutive regular-season games and 19 in a row at home.
This week: vs. Llano, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lee Field, Geronimo

2. Boerne (6-0)
District:
14-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Wimberley 41-28
The skinny: Boerne’s  Brooks Klutts completed 12 of 21 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns, two to Connor Fisher, who had seven receptions for 118 yards.   
This week: at No. 10 Fredericksburg, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

3. Somerset (4-1)
District:
15-4A/Division I
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Bye
The skinny: BYU-bound Zadock Dinkelmann has completed 57 of 88 passes (64.7 percent) for 898 yarfds and seven touchdowns. He has been picked off only once.
This week: vs. Beeville, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Somerset

4. Pleasanton (5-0)
District:
District 15-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Eagles host Rockport-Fulton in their district opener this week. Quarterback Johnny Zamora was outstanding in the first half of the season, hitting 80 of 114 passes (70.2 percent) for 1,121 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.   
This week: Rockport-Fulton, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Pleasanton

5. Medina Valley (4-1)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Panthers (2-0) and preseason favorite Dripping Springs are tied atop the 26-5A standings.
This week: vs. No. 6 Kerrville Tivy, Friday, 7:30 p;.m., Panther Stadium

6. Kerrville Tivy (3-2)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Bye
The skinny: A victory against Medina Valley would move the Antlers into at least a tie for second place in the 26-5A race.  
This week: at No. 5 Medina Valley, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

7. Boerne Champion (2-3)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Bye
The skinny: Tulsa-bound Davis Brin has completed 76 of 134 passes, with six interceptions, for 886 yards and 11 touchdowns
This week: vs. Marble Falls, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boerne ISD Stadium

8. Alamo Heights (2-3)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Bye
The skinny: Reed Andersen has been the catalyst for the Mules’ offense, hitting 94 of 132 passes (71.2 percent) for 1,346 yards and 12 touchdowns.
This week: vs. Seguin, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Orem Stadium, Alamo Heights

9. Highlands (4-1)
District:
28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated Kennedy 38-12
The skinny: The tandem of quarterback Joseph Palafos (16-30-190-2) and running back Rene Palomino (23-205-2) continued to carry the Owls’ offense in the victory against Kennedy.
This week: vs. Jefferson, Thursday, 7 p.m., Alamo Stadium

10. Fredericksburg (5-1)
District:
14-4A Division I
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Hondo 56-13
The skinny: Friday’s game against No. 2 Boerne is the district opener for both teams.
This week: vs. No. 2 Boerne, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Battlin’ Billie Stadium, Fredericksburg

Entering rankings: Fredericksburg (5-1)
Dropping out of rankings: Central Catholic (5-1)

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