1. Katy (1-0)
Katy came oh so close to advancing to the State Championship game last year. In the first game they showed why they are considered to be the state’s strongest team and came right of the gates in 2011 swinging. Behind the play of QB Brooks Haack they handled one of the toughest non-district opponents with relative ease.
Last Week: Beat Galena Park North Shore 34-6
This Week: @ Alief Taylor (0-1)
2. Allen (1-0)
Like Katy the Eagles started off with a power opponent in ‘zero week’ and seemed to cruise after pulling out to an early lead. They have one of the most talent rich roster’s and a number of players will be heading on to play division one ball. Alabama QB commit Alec Morris did it with his ram and his legs after Missouri RB commit Jonathan Williams left the action.
Last Week: Beat Cedar Hill 28-13
This Week: vs. Justin Northwest (1-0)
3. Euless Trinity (1-0)
No team had to reload more than the Trojans. They had to replace their top playmakers on offense and some key members of the defense. Still even with returning defensive stalwarts like LB Brian Nance and DE Polo Manukainiu sitting out with injury they showed they are back in the hunt. This week’s game against perennial power Abilene could be the game of the week.
Last Week: Beat Tyler Lee 30-7
This Week: vs. Abilene (1-0)
4. Lake Travis (1-0)
There is no doubt right now who is the top team in Class 4A, because no one has the pedigree with Lake Travis. They lost the star QB, one of the best receivers transferred to another school just before the start of the season, but the train just keeps rolling right along. TCU commit Griffin Gilbert creates a multitude of match-up problems for opposing defenses.
Last Week: Beat Austin Westlake 35-7
This Week: @ Pflugerville Hendrickson (1-0)
5. DeSoto (1-0)
They lost a lot of offensive production when QB Ryan Polite graduated, but after utilizing an aerial attack in years past the Eagles came out and racked up nearly 300 yards of offense on the ground. The defense should also be stingy and in Texas where teams like to put the ball in the air they have the speed in the defensive backfield to match-up with anybody.
Last Week: Beat Leander 43-3
This Week: vs. OKC Douglass (0-0)
6. Brenham (1-0)
Last season’s first round loss in the playoffs had many people in the community wondering what if? The team figured to be a major player in the state title hunt, but instead they ended up watching the games just like the fans. Now the team seems to be hitting on all cylinders both offensively and defensively.
Last Week: Beat Huntsville 65-16
This Week: @ Lamar Consolidated (0-1)
7. Longview (1-0)
This another team who will take on all comers in the non-district schedule and the road does not get any easier over the next two weeks with tilts against John Tyler and #2 Allen on tap. Against Marshall the Lobos proved they have one of the stingiest defenses in the state by not allowing Mavericks inside of their 28-yard line. WR Eric Hawkins is back on the field and he is one of the fastest players in the state.
Last Week: Beat Marshall 30-0
This Week: @ John Tyler (1-0)
8. Cibolo Steele (1-0)
Steele made its presence known in 5A by coming right in and taking home a state championship in its first year. RB Malcolm Brown is off to Texas, but QB Tommy Armstrong is back and showing why he deserved even more credit for the team’s success a year ago. It has a young defense, but showed a lot of heart by fighting for a hard earned victory in the first game.
Last Week: Beat San Antonio Madison 35-28
This Week: @ Round Rock (0-1)
9. Denton Ryan (1-0)
Everyone got to see the type of defensive ferocity that this team brings to the table on national television. The ‘D’ is headlined by DE Mario Edwards but is not short on talent at any position. They are also impressive up front on offense with a big, strong and powerful line. They have a favorable schedule and if they stay healthy and pick up offensive steam as the year goes along they could be in great shape come playoffs.
Last Week: Beat Sulphur Springs 25-9
This Week: @ Carrollton Newman Smith (0-1)
10. Southlake Carroll (1-0)
The vaunted Dragons offensive attack under the guidance of Class of 2013 prospect Kenny Hill, the son of former MLB star Ken Hill. He has two nice targets to fire the ball too in Sabian Holmes and Peyton Williams. The defenses will need to quickly shore up a the run defense after surrendering almost 400 yards. They will get that defense tested in a major way again this weekend.
Last Week: Beat Copperas Cove 38-31
This Week: vs. Hurst L.D. Bell (1-0)
Getting Votes: Pearland, Klein Collins, Coppell, Round Rock Stony Point, Converse Judson, Denton Guyer, Lufkin, Arlington Bowie, Klein Oak, Highland Park, Pearland Dawson, Stephenville, The Woodlands, Arlington Martin, Waco Midway
Ahmard Vital contributed to this report