KENS 5 high school football rankings: Heights new No. 1 in Sub-6A Top 10

Alamo Heights coach Mike Norment talks about the Mules' 3-start

SAN ANTONIO – Boerne Champion’s loss turned out to be Alamo Heights’ gain in this week’s KENS 5 area high school football rankings.

Brandeis beat Champion 24-21 last Friday night for its first victory of the season. The Chargers, ranked No. 1 in the KENS 5 Sub-6A Top 10 since the beginning of the season, slipped to No. 2 and Alamo Heights moved up to the No. 1 slot.

The Mules downed Victoria West 36-16, improving to 3-0 before they open District 26-5A play at Marble Falls on Friday night. Alamo Heights plays Champion (2-1) in Boerne on Oct. 28. The Mules opened the season with a 39-19 win over New Braunfels and beat Brandeis 27-20 the next week. 

"I told the kids it's great being 3-0, but that was preseason," Heights coach Mike Norment said Monday, referring to the nondistrict schedule. "Now we can't have have any mess-ups and not get better this week because every week is important."

Judson (3-0) remained atop the 6A rankings after a 66-20 rout of Roosevelt. The Rockets started the season No. 2, but moved up last week after Steele (2-1) lost a double-overtime heartbreaker to Austin Lake Travis. The Knights bounced back with a 45-24 win over O’Connor (2-1), striking for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Judson opens 27-6A play at home Friday night against No. 9 New Braunfels, which has won two in a row after losing its opener. Steele is halfway through a tough four-game grind. The Knights play at No. 5 Smithson Valley (1-1) in their district opener Friday night, and host Judson on Sept. 23 at Lehnhoff Stadium.

Alamo Heights' offense has played relatively well, but has been inconsistent. 

"Our offense has got a lot of moving parts," Norment said. "At times we look good and at times we don't. We sputtered against Victoria West, but at times we were really efficient. What's good is that we've gone and scored when we've had to. Even last week, we were never behind. We just didn't play great offensively. Part of it was the Victoria West defense.

"We've gotten a lot of different (defensive) looks these first three games, and even in our scrimmage against MacArthur. That's going to pay dividends going into district because we see a lot of different fronts, different looks, things that we haven't had a chance to work on, so we've had to make adjustments during the game."

Senior quarterback Will Chaney has been efficient in executing Heights' up-tempo, spread offense, completing 48 of 84 passes for 640 yards and four touchdowns.

Norment had high praise for his defensive unit, with "unit" being the operative word.

"The defense has been super this year," he said. "I can't really pick out anybody because it's been a great effort by everybody. Our front is probably the strength of our defense, but our secondary has played well. Our defense played great all three games. That's been a huge difference. That gives the offense a chance to get better. We don't have to be perfect right now." 

No. 3 in last week’s 6A rankings, Smithson Valley dropped to No. 5 after losing to Round Rock. O’Connor, No. 4, last week, fell to No. 6. Clemens (2-1) and Johnson (3-0) moved up to the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Ranked No. 7 through 10, in order, are Reagan (2-1), Wagner (3-0), New Braunfels (2-1) and Madison (2-1). Wagner and Madison made the rankings for the first time this season.

Somerset (3-0), Uvalde (3-0) and Harlandale (3-0) remained ranked third through fifth, respectively in the Sub-6A Top 10. Class 4A powerhouse Navarro (3-0) climbed from No. 7 to No. 6 after Tivy was drubbed by San Angelo Central and dropped out of the rankings.

Coming off a big win over Edison in its 28-5A opener, Sam Houston moved from No. 8 to No. 7. Private schools Antonian (3-0) and Holy Cross (3-0) are No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, and Edison dropped to No. 10.

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Judson (3-0)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Roosevelt 66-20
The skinny: The Rockets outgained Roosevelt 566-296 in total offensive yardage, getting 311 yards on the ground.
This week: vs. No. 9 New Braunfels, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

2. Steele (2-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated O’Connor 45-24
The skinny: Steele bounces back from last week’s heart-wrenching double-overtime loss to Austin Lake Travis with a decisive victory over a good O’Connor team.   
This week: at No. 5 Smithson Valley, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium

3.  Clemens (2-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Laredo Alexander 40-0
The skinny: The Buffaloes have won two in a row after losing to Round Rock in their opener.
This week: vs. East Central, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium, Schertz

4. Johnson (3-0)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Defeated Brennan 41-23
The skinny: The Jaguars beat Brennan with a balanced offensive attack, finishing with 145 yards rushing and 151 passing.
This week: vs. No. 6 O’Connor, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium

5. Smithson Valley (1-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Lost to Round Rock 20-14
The skinny: The Rangers finished with only 77 rushing yards in their loss at Round Rock.
This week: vs. No. 2 Steele, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium

6. O’Connor (2-1)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Lost to Steele 45-24
The skinny: The Panthers face the challenge of having to rebound against one of the top teams in the area.
This week: vs. No. 4 Johnson, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium

7. Reagan (2-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Harlingen 41-7
The skinny: Running back Marquis Duncan rushed for 142 yards on 13 carries (10.9 average) in the lopsided victory over Harlingen. 
This week: at Hays, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Shelton Stadium

8. Wagner (3-0)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Marshall 68-7
The skinny: Wagner outgained Marshall 671-109 in total offensive yardage, with quarterback Arthur Anderson running for 134 yards and four TDs on only eight carries.
This week: at New Braunfels Canyon, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Cougar Stadium

9. New Braunfels (2-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated San Marcos 49-35
The skinny: The Unicorns are riding high after vanquishing their longtime neighborhood rival.
This week: vs. No. 1 Judson, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium

10. Madison (2-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated New Braunfels Canyon 31-0
The skinny: Running back Nate Davis rushed for 150 yards and three TDs on just 12 carries for the Mavericks, who have won two in a row after being routed by Steele in their opener.
This week: vs. Brandeis, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Farris Stadium

Dropped out of the rankings: Southwest (2-1)

Sub-6A

1. Alamo Heights (3-0)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Victoria West 36-16
The skinny: Alamo Heights quarterback Will Chaney completed 18 of 24 passes for 216 yards and a TD in the win over Victoria West. 
This week: at Marble Falls, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Mustang Stadium

2. Boerne Champion (2-1)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Lost to Brandeis 24-21
The skinny: The Chargers scored a TD to pull within three with 3:18 left, but Brandeis hung on to win its first game of the season.
This week: vs. Medina Valley, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Boerne ISD Stadium

3. Somerset (3-0)
District: 15-4A / Division I
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Defeated McCollum 34-7
The skinny: Somerset junior quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann completed 15 of 27 passes for 247 yards and three TDs.
This week: vs. at Boerne, Thursday, 7 p.m., Boerne ISD Stadium

4. Uvalde (3-0)
District: 29-5A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Defeated Carrizo Springs 34-32
The skinny: Running back David Rodriguez led the Coyotes again, rushing for 132 yards on 24 carries.
This week: vs. Fort Stockton, Saturday, 7 p.m., Panther Stadium, Fort Stockton

5. Harlandale (3-0)
District: 29-5A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Central Catholic 46-45 (OT)
The skinny: Quarterback Christian Villarreal tied the score at 45 in overtime with a 1-yard run, and then threw to tight end Jesse Sandoval for the two-point conversion that gave Harlandale the victory.  
This week: vs. Holmes, Thursday, 7 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

6. Navarro (3-0)
District: 13-4A / Division II
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Gonzales 55-11
The skinny: The Panthers racked up 543 yards of total offense in the rout of Gonzales, getting 367 rushing and 176 passing.  
This week: vs. La Grange, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lee Field, Geronimo

7. Sam Houston (2-1)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated Edison 57-42
The skinny: The Hurricanes opened district play with a rousing victory over one of their toughest challengers, finishing with 591 total yards, including 489 rushing.  
This week: vs. Memorial, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Edgewood Veterans Stadium

8. Antonian (3-0)
District: TAPPS Division I / District 2
Ranking last week: No. 10  
Last week: Defeated South San 45-20
The skinny: The Apaches outgained South San 343-105 in total offensive yardage.     
This week: vs. Floresville, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Antonian Stadium

9. Holy Cross (3-0)
District: TAPPS Division II / District 3
Ranking last week: Not ranked
Last week: Defeated Boerne 28-26
The skinny: Vince Compian passed for 154 yards and three TDs, and Robert Adame rushed for 127 yards for the Knights.
This week: at Hondo, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Barry Field

10. Edison (2-1)
District: District 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 9
Last week: Lost to Sam Houston 57-42
The skinny: The Golden Bears trailed only 45-42 before Sam Houston sealed the win with two TDs in the final nine minutes.
This week: Bye

Dropped out of the rankings this week: Kerrville Tivy

(© 2016 KENS)


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