KENS 5 AREA H.S. FOOTBALL RANKINGS: No. 2 O'Connor, No. 3 Steele clash Friday

SAN ANTONIO – Steele football teams haven’t lost more than one game in the regular season since 2010, the year the Knights moved up to the University Interscholastic League’s largest classification.

Steele stumbled out to a 1-2 start that season, but went on to win the Class 5A Division II state championship that season.

The Knights have finished the regular season undefeated in three of the ensuing six seasons, when they finished, in order, 15-1, 14-1, 12-2, 13-2, 14-1 and 14-2. They have gone 82-9 during that six-year span, losing in the state finals twice and state semifinals three times.

Steele’s impressive run of finishing with at least nine regular-season victories since losing to Madison and Kerrville Tivy early in 2010 will be put to the test when the Knights play red-hot O’Connor on Friday night at Lehnhoff Stadium.

Steele leads the series with the Panthers 3-0, with all three games coming in the past three seasons. The Knights won last year’s game 45-24.

Steele (1-1) slipped to from No. 2 to No. 3 in the KENS 5 Class 6A area rankings after losing a 34-31 heartbreaker to Austin Lake Travis. Cameron Dicker kicked a 32-yard field goal with three seconds to give the Cavaliers their second consecutive three-point win over the Knights.

Dicker’s game-winning kick averted an 0-2 start for Lake Travis, which opened the season with a 65-45 loss to Judson.

The Rockets (2-0) remained atop the KENS 5 Class 6A rankings after beating always-tough Brennan 44-28, and O’Connor (2-0) climbed from No. 3 to No. 2. The Panthers looked impressive in their 45-14 win against Churchill, dominating a team that opened the season with a 48-20 rout of Clark in the Gucci Bowl.

Smithson Valley (2-0) and Reagan (2-0) round out the top five in the 6A rankings. Clemens (2-0), New Braunfels (2-0), Warren (2-0), Wagner (2-0) and Johnson (1-0), in that order, are ranked 6-10.

Churchill dropped out of the rankings and was replaced by Wagner.

Johnson was run over in a 53-35 loss to Corpus Christi Calallen, which finished with 450 yards, all on the ground. Still, the Jaguars scored five touchdowns against one of the best 5A teams in the state despite getting just six first downs.

Judson, which moved up to No. 2 in the Associated Press 6A state poll, plays neighborhood rival Roosevelt on Friday night at Rutledge Stadium.

Kerrville Tivy (2-0), Somerset (2-0) and Boerne Champion (1-1) remained No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively in the Sub-6A rankings.

Alamo Heights, No. 4 last week, dropped out of the rankings after a 39-29 loss to Brandeis dropped the Mules to 0-2.

Highlands, No. 5 last week, moved to No. 4, and Navarro (2-0), Canyon Lake (2-0), Holy Cross (2-0), Antonian (2-0) and Central Catholic (2-0) each moved up a spot in that order, occupying the No. 5 through No. 9 slots. Boerne moved into the Sub-6A rankings at No. 10.

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Judson (2-0)

District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Brennan 44-28
The skinny: The Rockets led only 27-21 with 8:36 left in the third quarter before putting away the always-tough Bears with 21 unanswered points.
This week: vs. Roosevelt, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

2. O’Connor (2-0)

District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated Churchill 45-14
The skinny: Led by two-way senior standout Millard Bradford, who returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown, caught a TD pass and had an interception, the Panthers took apart a Churchill team that rolled to a 48-20 rout of Clark in their season opener
This week: vs. No. 3 Steele, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium

3. Steele (1-1)

District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Lost to Austin Lake Travis 34-31
The skinny: Steele tied the game at 31 on a 62-yard pass from senior Onyx Smith to senior Terrance Ingram with 7:32 left, but Cameron Dicker kicked a 32-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to send the Knights back to Cibolo with a gut-wrenching loss.
This week: vs. No. 2 O’Connor, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium

4. Smithson Valley (2-0)

District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated Austin Anderson 56-0
The skinny: The Rangers dominated the Trojans, finishing with a 393-120 advantage in total offensive yardage.
This week: vs. Round Rock, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium

5. Reagan (2-0)

District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Laredo United 21-3
The skinny: The Longhorns outgained the Rattlers 226-216 and had more first downs (15-11), but Reagan finished ahead where it counts.
This week: at Harlingen, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boggus Stadium

6. Clemens (2-0)

District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated MacArthur 37-21
The skinny: Clemens senior running back Marshawn Brown rushed for 203 of the Buffaloes’ 329 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns.
This week: vs. Laredo Alexander, Thursday, 7 p.m., Student Activity Center, Laredo

7. New Braunfels (2-0)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Seguin 69-42
The skinny: Unicorns senior quarterback Ryan Redding was a beast in the high-scoring clash with Seguin, amassing 429 yards of total offense, 222 rushing and 207 passing, and accounting for eight touchdowns, six through the air and two on the ground.
This week: San Marcos, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Unicorn Stadium

8. Warren (2-0)

District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated Madison 49-48 (OT)
The skinny: The Warriors had a staggering 855 yards of total offense, 445 on the ground, and Benjamin Greene hit 31 of 53 passes for 410 passing yards and six touchdowns, including a 10-yard strike to Quinton Starks in overtime. Kyle Elder kicked the extra point for the win.
This week: vs. MacArthur, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium

9. Wagner (2-0)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Taft 40-24
The skinny: Wagner quarterback Tobias Weaver completed 7 of 10 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown, and rushed for 91 yards and four TDs in the win over Taft. 
This week: vs. Marshall, Saturday, 7 p.m., Farris Stadium

10. Johnson (1-1)

District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Lost to Corpus Christi Calallen 53-35
The skinny: Johnson scored 35 points despite finishing with only six first downs against one of the state’s best teams. Senior wide receiver Brandon McDuffie returned two kickoffs for touchdowns also hauled in a 70-yard TD reception. Junior running back Alec  Brown rushed a whopping 36 times for 179 yards and six touchdowns for Calallen, which piled up 450 yards, all on the ground.
This week: vs. Brennan, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

Entering the rankings: Wagner (2-0)
Dropping out of the rankings: Churchill (1-1)

Sub-6A

1. Kerrville Tivy (2-0)
District:
District 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Del Rio 21-7
The skinny: Senior running back Hunter Saunders rushed 22 times for 163 yards to pace the Antlers.
This week: at San Angelo Central, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

2. Somerset (2-0)

District: 15-4A/Division I
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Sam Houston 30-28
The skinny: The Bulldogs beat the Hurricanes with a balanced attack. BYU-bound quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann hit 8 of 10 yards for 143 yards and one touchdown, and senior running back Roger Villegas rushed 24 times for 147 yards and two TDs.
This week: vs. McCollum, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Harlandale Memorial Stadium

3. Boerne Champion (1-1)

District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated Stevens 33-14
The skinny: Senior Davis Brin completed 22 of 32 passes for 237 yards and four touchdowns, three to junior wide receiver Chase Locke, as the Chargers bounced back from their season-opening loss to Prosper.
This week: vs. Brandeis, Thursday, 7 p.m., Boerne

4. Highlands (2-0)
District:
28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Holmes 47-33
The skinny: Senior Joseph Palafos hit 19 of 28 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns, three to junior wide receiver Dre’Chan Moody, in the Owls’ victory against their former coach, Juan Morales, who led Highlands to 7-4 playoff seasons the past two years before going to Holmes.
This week: vs. Burbank, Friday, 7:30 p.m., SAISD Sports Complex

5. Navarro (2-0)
District: 13-4A Division II
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Defeated Marion 49-35
The skinny: Junior Chris Gomez rushed 24 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers, who finished with 388 yards on the ground.  
This week: at Gonzales, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

6. Canyon Lake (2-0)
District: District 14-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Austin Reagan 48-6
The skinny: The Hawks outgained Reagan 466-179 in total offensive yardage.  
This week: at Giddings, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

7. Holy Cross (2-0)
District: TAPPS Division II/District 3
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated Blanco 21-0
The skinny: The Knights held Blanco to 96 total yards in a game dominated by the defenses.
This week: at Boerne, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

8. Antonian (2-0)
District: TAPPS Division I/District 2
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Hondo 49-20
The skinny: Junior running back Kyte McDonald carried 18 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the Apaches’ lopsided victory.  
This week: at South San, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

9. Central Catholic (2-0)
District:
TAPPS Division I/District 2
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated McCollum 39-13
The skinny:  Senior Jay Yount completed 11 of 14 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns as the Buttons dominated the Cowboys.
This week: vs. Harlandale, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Benson ’66 Stadium, Central Catholic

10. Boerne (2-0)
District:
14-4A Division I
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Medina Valley 28-7
The skinny: Boerne outgained Medina Valley 454-237 and was paced by senior Brooks Klutts, who hit 14 of 28 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
This week: vs. Holy Cross, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boerne

Entering the rankings: Boerne (2-0)
Dropping out of the rankings: Alamo Heights (0-2)

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