KENS 5 AREA H.S. FOOTBALL RANKINGS: O'Connor, Kerrville Tivy finish regular season No. 1

O’Connor has advanced to the football playoffs for 15 consecutive years and reached the state semifinals in 2012, but the Panthers never had gone 10-0 in the regular season.

That changed last Thursday when Michael Lyssy kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, giving O’Connor a 44-41 victory over Brennan in the District 28-6A championship game. 
The district title is the second in a row and fifth in school history for O’Connor, which opened in 1998 and played a varsity schedule that season.

O’Connor (10-0) plays Clemens (8-2) in a 6A Division I bi-district game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Farris Stadium. Judson has eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs each of the past three years.

O’Connor and Kerrville Tivy are No. 1 in the final regular-season KENS 5 Class 6A and Sub-6A area rankings, respectively.

Smithson Valley (9-1), Judson (9-1), Johnson (8-2) and Steele (6-4), in that order, are Nos. 2-5 in the 6A rankings, followed by Clemens (8-2), Reagan (8-2), Brennan (6-4), Southwest (8-2) and Jay (7-3).

Tivy (8-2) heads into the playoffs with a six-game winning streak after a 2-2 start. The Antlers haven’t lost since falling to Dripping Springs in their District 26-5A opener. The Tigers went on to win the 26-5A crown. Tivy hosts Austin Crockett in a 5A Division II bi-district playoff game Friday night.

Navarro (9-1), Somerset (8-2), Canyon Lake (8-2) and Pleasanton (9-1), in that order, finished Nos. 2-5 in the Sub-6A rankings. Boerne (8-2), Southside (8-2), Pearsall (10-0), Memorial (7-3) and Medina Valley (6-4) rounded out the Sub-6A rankings.

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

(Final rankings of regular season)

Class 6A

1. O’Connor (10-0)
District:
28-6A Zone B
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Beat Brennan 44-41 (OT)
The skinny: Michael Lyssy kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Panthers to the District 28-6A championship and the first 10-0 regular season in school history.
This week: vs. Clemens, 6A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Farris Stadium

2. Smithson Valley (9-1)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated New Braunfels 23-7 
The skinny: The Rangers are in the postseason for the 22nd time in 25 seasons under coach Larry Hill. 
This week: vs. Jay, 6A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium, Smithson Valley H.S.

3. Judson (9-1)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Beat New Braunfels Canyon 39-14
The skinny: Judson has made the playoffs 33 of the last 36 seasons.  
This week: vs. Warren, 6A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

4. Johnson (8-2)
District:
26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Beat Madison 63-28
The skinny: Johnson heads into the playoffs as a district champion for the first time in its 10-year history. 
This week: vs. Austin Vandergrift, 6A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium

5. Steele (6-4)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Clemens 14-13
The skinny: Matthew O’Brien’s extra-point kick after Brenden Brady’s 1-yard touchdown run with 1:41 left determined the outcome.    
This week: vs. Brennan, 6A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

6. Clemens (8-2)
District:
27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Lost to Steele 14-13
The skinny: The Buffaloes could have finished in a three-way for first in 27-6A with a victory. 
This week: vs. O’Connor, 6A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Farris Stadium

7. Reagan (8-2)
District:
26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Roosevelt 52-0
The skinny: For the first time since 2012, the Rattlers are not going into the playoffs as district champs.  
This week: vs. Buda Hays, 6A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

8. Brennan (6-4)
District:
28-6A Zone A
Ranking last week: No. 8 
Last week: Lost to O’Connor 44-41 (OT) 
The skinny: The Bears had won six in a row before losing a heartbreaker to O’Connor in the District 28-5A title game. 
This week: vs. Steele, 6A Division II bi-district playoff, 7:30 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

9. Southwest (8-2)
District:
29-6A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated South San 35-31
The skinny: The Dragons are in the playoffs for the 12th consecutive year.
This week: vs. La Joya, 6A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Southwest Stadium

10. Jay (7-3)
District:
28-6A Zone B 
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Brandeis 58-57 (OT)
The skinny: After eight consecutive losing seasons, including an 0-10 finish last year, the Mustangs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. 
This week: Jay at Smithson Valley, 6A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Entering the rankings: Jay (7-3)
Dropping out of the rankings: Brandeis (7-3)

Sub-6A 

1. Kerrville Tivy (8-2)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Lockhart 34-10
The skinny: The Antlers, in the playoffs for the 21st consecutive year, take a six-game winning streak into the first round of the postseason.
This week: vs. Austin Crockett, 5A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Antler Stadium 

2. Navarro (9-1)
District:
13-4A Division II
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Bandera 51-14
The skinny: The Panthers’ only loss of the regular season was to district champion Wimberley.  
This week: vs. Devine, Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff, Thursday, 7 p.m., Harlandale Memorial Stadium

3. Somerset (8-2)
District:
15-4A/Division I
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated La Vernia 33-7
The skinny: The Bulldogs head into the playoffs as district champions. 
This week: vs. Zapata, 4A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Shirley Field, Laredo

4. Canyon Lake (8-2)
District: 14-4A Division I 
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated Taylor 28-14
The skinny: The Hawks play Taylor for the district championship in their regular-season finale.
This week: vs. Gatesville, 4A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Gupton Stadium, Leander

5. Pleasanton (9-1)
District:
District 15-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Beeville 17-14
The skinny: The Eagles are back in the playoffs after a two-year absence.   
This week: vs. Rio Grande City, 4A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Corpus Christi Flour Bluff

6. Boerne (8-2)
District:
14-4A Division I
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Greyhounds broke a two-game skid with the victory in their regular-season finale.
This week: vs. Liberty Hill, 4A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Dripping Springs

7. Southside (8-2)
District:
29-5A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated Floresville 36-28
The skinny: Senior Edward Perez rushed 22 times for 304 yards and five touchdowns for the Cardinals, who clash with Floresville for the district title this week. 
This week: vs. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, 5A Division I bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Southside ISD Stadium

8. Pearsall (10-0)
District:
District 14-4A Division II
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Defeated Carrizo Springs 30-6
The skinny: The Mavericks finished the regular season 10-0 for the first time since 1998. 
This week: vs. Hondo, 4A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Pearsall

9. Memorial (7-3)
District:
28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated Kennedy 55-20
The skinny: The Minutemen won their first district championship in school history with the rout of Edgewood ISD rival Kennedy. 
This week: vs. Victoria West, 5A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Victoria

10. Medina Valley (6-3)
District:
26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Lost to Alamo Heights 34-33
The skinny: The Panthers are in the playoffs for the fifth time in the last six seasons. 
This week: vs. Austin McCallum, 5A Division II bi-district playoff, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Panther Stadium

Entering the rankings: None
Dropping out of rankings: None

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