KENS 5 H.S. football rankings: Smithson Valley makes statement

SAN ANTONIO – Smithson Valley is on a roll.

After losing two of their first three games of the season, the Rangers have won their last three by a combined 147-27 and find themselves in the thick of the District 27-6A race after overpowering Clemens 45-21 last Friday night.

Smithson Valley kept the Buffaloes on their heels with a beautifully balanced offense that amassed 474 yards – 243 rushing and 231 passing. When the Rangers’ offense wasn’t grinding out yardage, their defense put the wraps on dynamic Clemens quarterback Frank Harris.

One of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the area, Harris was held to 30 yards rushing on 11 carries and one TD. He completed 7 of 12 passes for 121 yards, with one interception, and one TD.

Smithson Valley, which plays host to New Braunfels on Friday night, is 3-1 in 27-6A play and tied for second place with Judson and Clemens. The Rangers host Judson in the next-to-last week of the regular season.

Smithson Valley (4-2) moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the KENS 5 Class 6A area rankings after beating Clemens, which slipped from No. 3 to No. 7.

Steele (6-1) and Judson (6-1) remained 1-2, respectively, in the area 6A Top 10. Reagan (6-1) inched up from No. 4 to No. 3, followed by No. 4 O’Connor (6-1), which was No. 5 last week. Johnson (6-1) is ranked No. 6, followed by Clemens (5-2), Churchill (6-2), Brennan (4-3) and Brandeis (5-3).

Alamo Heights (7-0) is still No. 1 in the Sub-6A rankings. Boerne Champion (6-1) and Navarro (7-0) remained No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

Antonian (7-0) is No. 4 and Uvalde (6-1) is No. 5, each moving up a spot after Holy Cross, No. 4 last week, dropped to No. 6 following last week’s loss to Austin Regents.  

No. 7 Pleasanton (6-1) and No. 8 Lanier (5-2) each moved up two spots after Lanier defeated Edison, which was No. 7 last week. Pleasanton beat Lanier in the second week of the season.

Somerset (5-2) slipped from No. 8 to No. 9, and Edison (5-2) dropped to No. 10.

Smithson Valley's season-opening game against Pflugerville Hendrickson was canceled because of lightning. After cruising past Austin Anderson 60-20 the following week, the Rangers dropped back-to-back games against Round Rock (20-14) and Steele (21-14). The loss to Steele came in the 27-6A opener.

Smithson Valley bounced back with a 65-6 rout of East Central and then beat Wagner 37-0 after its bye week. With extra time to prepare his team for Clemens, coach Larry Hill had the Rangers razor sharp last Friday night.

Clemens led 14-13 after one quarter, but the Rangers were ahead 23-14 at halftime and 37-21 heading into the fourth period. Smithson Valley quarterback Josh Adkins had a stellar game, completing 14 of 20 passes for 231 yards and five TDs to four different receivers.

After playing New Braunfels Canyon, the Rangers host Judson on Oct. 28 and end the regular season at New Braunfels on Nov. 4.

Hill is 236-68 since succeeding Joe Matulich as Smithson Valley’s head coach in 1993. The Rangers have advanced to the state finals three times under Hill.

KENS 5 Area High School Football Rankings

Class 6A

1. Steele (6-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated New Braunfels Canyon 21-14
The skinny: Playing most of the game without quarterback Xavier Martin, who was sidelined with an ankle injury, the Knights scored two of their three TDs on a punt return and interception return. 
This week: vs. East Central, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium, Clemens H.S.

2. Judson (6-1)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Wagner 51-16
The skinny: Judson quarterback Julon Williams completed 13 of 22 passes for 253 yards and five TDs as the Rockets extended their lead in the Hammer Bowl to 8-2. 
This week: vs. Clemens, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium, Judson H.S.

3. Reagan (6-1)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Bye
The skinny: The Rattlers remain atop the 26-6A standings, a half-game ahead of Churchill and Johnson. 
This week: vs. Johnson, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium

4. O’Connor (6-1)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated Stevens 41-7
The skinny: The Panthers have been the class of the Northside ISD this season. 
This week: vs. Jay, Thursday, 7 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

5. Smithson Valley (4-2)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Defeated Clemens 45-21
The skinny: The Rangers dominated the Buffaloes, piling up 477 total yards, scoring on seven of nine possessions and holding dynamic quarterback Frank Harris to 30 yards on 11 carries.   
This week: vs. N.B. Canyon, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium, Smithson Valley H.S

6. Johnson (6-2)
District: 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Defeated Lee 42-0
The skinny: The Jaguars still have a shot at the 26-6A title.  
This week: vs. Reagan, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Heroes Stadium
7.  Clemens (5-2)
District: 27-6A
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Lost to Smithson Valley 45-21
The skinny: The Buffaloes play one of the area's best teams for the second week in a row.
This week: vs. No. 2 Judson, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rutledge Stadium, Judson H.S.
8. Churchill (6-2)
District 26-6A
Ranking last week: No. 9 
Last week: Defeated Madison 21-14 (OT)
The skinny: Churchill remains in the thick of the 26-6A title race. 
This week: vs. Roosevelt, Saturday, 7 p.m., Comalander Stadium
9. Brennan (4-3)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 10
Last week: Defeated Brandeis 42-35
The skinny: Running back Jahmyl Jeter rushed for 152 yards and three TDs to help spark the Bears. 
This week: vs. Taft, Thursday, 7 p.m., Farris Stadium   
10. Brandeis (5-3)
District: 28-6A
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Lost to Brennan 42-35
The skinny: The loss to Brennan snapped the Bears' five-game winning streak. 
This week: vs. Holmes, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Gustafson Stadium
Dropped out of rankings: None


1. Alamo Heights (7-0)
Ranking last week: No. 1
Last week: Defeated Lockhart 35-13
The skinny: The Mules continued on their collision course with 26-5A co-leader Boerne Champion.
This week: at Dripping Springs, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium  

2. Boerne Champion (6-1)
District: 26-5A
Ranking last week: No. 2
Last week: Defeated Dripping Springs 45-40
The skinny: The Chargers rolled up 549 yards -- 274 rushing and 275 passing -- in their win over Dripping Springs. 
This week: at Kerrville Tivy, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Antler Stadium

3. Navarro (7-0)
District: 13-4A / Division II
Ranking last week: No. 3
Last week: Bye
The skinny: Navarro and Hondo trail district leader Wimberley by a half-game. 
This week: vs. Wimberley, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Panther Stadium, Navarro H.S.

4. Antonian (7-0)
District: TAPPS Division I / District 2
Ranking last week: No. 5
Last week: Defeated El Paso Cathedral 49-0
The skinny: The Apaches outgained El Paso Cathedral 474-80 in total offensive yardage.
This week: at St. Anthony, Saturday, 2 p.m., Lang Field

5. Uvalde (6-1)
District: 29-5A
Ranking last week: No. 6
Last week: Defeated Harlandale 28-21
The skinny: Uvalde and Eagle Pass Winn lead the 29-5A race with 2-0 records.
This week: vs. Floresville, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Honey Bowl Stadium

6. Holy Cross (7-1)
District: TAPPS Division II / District 3
Ranking last week: No. 4
Last week: Lost to Austin Regents 31-20
The skinny: Regents quarterback Jace Franklin completed 12 of 23 passes for 249 yards and two TDs.
This week: Bye 

7. Pleasanton (6-1)
District: 15-4A / Division I
Ranking last week: No 9
Last week: Defeated Robstown 33-13
The skinny: Pleasanton quarterback Johnny Zamora was outstanding in the win over Robstown, completing 23 of 31 passes for 343 yards and five TDs.
This week: at La Vernia, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bear Stadium 

8. Lanier (5-2)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 10 
Last week: Defeated Edison 28-21
The skinny: The Voks clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 and gave coach Don Gatian his 100th victory at Lanier.  
This week: vs.Memorial, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Edgewood Veterans Stadium

9. Somerset (5-2)
District: 15-4A / Division I
Ranking last week: No. 8
Last week: Defeated Rockport-Fulton 14-0
The skinny: The Bulldogs bounced back from their loss to Beeville Jones in their district opener with a hard-fought victory against Rockport-Fulton. 
This week: at Robstown, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Cotton Picker Stadium

10. Edison (5-2)
District: 28-5A
Ranking last week: No. 7
Last week: Lost to Lanier 28-21
The skinny: The Golden Bears led 21-14 until Voks running back Christian Cervantes scored twice in the final two minutes 
This week: vs. Highlands, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Alamo Stadium
Dropping out of rankings: None

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