High School: Waxahachie

A return trip to the Class 4A regional baseball semifinals did not seem to be in the cards for Waxahachie.

The Indians were faced with the daunting task of beating Corsicana in a best-of-3 regional quarterfinal series after losing twice to the 15-4A champion in district play. One of those defeats was a no-hitter in which Corsicana run-ruled Waxahachie, 10-0.

It appeared to be more of the same after the first game of the playoff series, a 3-2 Corsicana win. However, Waxahachie won the final two games in Corsicana to take the series.

"It's a different time of the year," Waxahachie coach Tracy Wood said. "We're playing better baseball. It came down to them making more mistakes when it was time. We'll take district losses to still be playing now."

While Waxahachie is making a second consecutive trip to the regional semifinals, it is by no means the same team that was knocked out by Rockwall-Heath just a round short of state. The Indians returned just four players from last year's squad.

The team has rallied around fundamentals, which Wood has stressed from Day 1, and depended on a committee of pitchers to make up for what they lacked in experience.

Wood started a different pitcher in the first game of every series Waxahachie has played so far this playoff season. David Marinelli, the starter in the opener of the last series, had just one start in the regular season.

"It was a gut feeling," Wood said. "Just a hunch I had and he did a good job. We have different guys getting it done for us for sure."

Waxahachie now has Frisco Wakeland in its sights. Wakeland knocked Highland Park out of the playoffs last week for the third consecutive season.

Wood says his team's success comes down to minimizing Wakeland standout Willie Schwanke in the series either on the mound or at the plate.

"He's their best player for sure," Wood said. "He's the guy you don't let beat you."

The series begins Thursday night in Waxahachie and will be completed Saturday at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark.

Martin moves up in national rankings

Arlington Martin stands firm at No. 10 in the ESPNHS Fab 50 rankings, moving up two spots after its regional quarterfinal win over Lubbock Coronado.

Martin faces Hurst L.D. Bell in the regional semis this weekend.

What we got right: Irving MacArthur and Dallas Lincoln never faltered throughout the season, as both were in the No. 1 spot every week. The entire 5A poll remained the same from last week.

What we got wrong: Not much. Waxahachie earned its way into the final regular-season 4A poll with votes from all participants.

Say hello to: 5A - Nobody; 4A - Waxahachie

Say goodbye to: 5A - Nobody; 4A - Denton Ryan

Your turn: Use the comments section to let us know what you think about these rankings.

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Defense lifts Waxahachie girls back to playoffs

February, 9, 2012
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Waxahachie returns to the girls state basketball playoffs after a rare absence a season ago.

The Lady Indians (20-9), runner-up in District 15-4A, face Round Rock Cedar Ridge (25-10) in the opener of a Region II bi-district doubleheader scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Waco High.

The second game matches 15-4A champion West Mesquite against Hutto, fourth-place finisher in 16-4A.

Waxahachie has relied on defense to make up for a lack of height and a youthful lineup. The Lady Indians start two sophomores, two juniors and one senior.

“Nobody is taller than 5-8, so we have to be good on defense,’’ said Waxahachie coach Lesli Priebe, who guided the Lady Indians to the Class 4A state title in 2006.

Waxahachie counts on the rebounding and scoring of 5-foot-7 junior Ja’Mayia Perez and the all-around play of 5-foot-6 senior guard Taylor Hill.

Cedar Ridge is a new high school without a senior class, so its roster of two freshmen, five sophomores and three juniors is younger than that of Waxahachie. Cedar Ridge enjoys an advantage in height with 6-foot-2 sophomore Courtney Brown.

The teams closed the regular season in opposite fashion, with Waxahachie winning its final three and Cedar Ridge dropping its last three to fall into a tie for second place in District 16-4A. Cedar Ridge settled for the third-place playoff berth after losing a coin flip with Pflugerville Connally.

In its two most recent playoff trips in 2009 and 2010, Waxahachie advanced three rounds before losing in the Region II semifinals.

“We’ve gotten great effort from our girls this season,’’ Priebe said. “We’ll need to play our best against Cedar Ridge.’’


NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – Say goodbye to “the little SEC” of Class 4A football.

District 15-4A, as we have come to know it, fell victim to the biennial shuffling of schools, spreading some of the state’s top 4A programs across North Texas.

While fans won’t see the same teams face off next year, coaches from the district formerly know as 15-4A were able to breath a small sigh of relief that they won’t have to face the week-to-week grind of arguably the deepest 4A district in the state.

“There’s no easy 4A district out there,” Mesquite Poteet coach Randy Jackson said. “We’re just happy to know [what the new districts are] so we can move on.”

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comHighland Park football coach Randy Allen works on his schedule for next year after finding out who else is in the Scots' new district.
Poteet, as well as half of the former 15-4A, will move over into District 10-4A, reuniting with a longtime rival Highland Park.

Poteet and Highland Park not only have a long history as former district-mates, but have a more recent chapter in 2010’s 4A Division II regional round of the playoffs. Poteet notched its first ever win against the Scots in 14 tries.

For the next two years, Highland Park, the school with the state record for playoff appearances, will have the opportunity to get revenge for the unexpected 2010 loss.

“They’re the New York Yankees of high school,” Jackson said.

The re-shuffling of 10-4A came as a complete surprise to Highland Park coach Randy Allen, who had guessed his program would fall in a district with the Frisco ISD schools or Sherman and Dennison.

“It’s a big shakeup,” Allen said. “We’d of never guessed this, but it will be a good district.”

The biggest surprises to Allen were the addition of both Forney ISD schools, Carrollton Newman Smith, Carrollton Creekview and Terrell.

Forney joins West Mesquite and Poteet in moving over from 15-4A, but North Forney will be making its first appearance in the 4A ranks after being a 3A school.

“The biggest deal is we don’t have to play the one-high school towns like Waxahachie and Corsicana and those guys,” Forney coach Kevin Rush said. “That will help us out I think. The one-high school towns have a definite advantage especially when you get up into 4A and 5A. You look around the state and see a lot of schools that are dominant that way.”

Forney is no stranger to Highland Park, as they were district mates for the first six years the program was in Class 4A, and the reunited rivalry is something the players at Forney will look forward to, Rush said.

Those single-school programs southeast of Dallas will remain in 15-4A, joining forces with three Mansfield schools: Lake Ridge, Legacy and Summit.

Once the new 10-4A coaches had a few minutes to wrap their mind around the new alignment, it became obvious to most that they won’t see much of a drop off in competition in their new home.

“I’m not sure this isn’t a little SEC, too,” Jackson said.

West Mesquite girls remain perfect in 15-4A

January, 11, 2012
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West Mesquite remained unbeaten in District 15-4A girls basketball with a lopsided 62-24 win at Corsicana on Tuesday.

The Lady Wranglers (20-7, 9-0) were led in scoring by 6-foot junior forward Claudia Price with 13 points. Alexus Bertrand, a 5-2 sophomore point guard, added 10 points.

Corsicana didn’t score a field goal in the first period and trailed 35-8 at halftime.

Price for the season leads West Mesquite in scoring (17.1 points) and rebounds (13.4).

Seniors Sha’Georgia Williams and Kierra Davis average 13.5 and 13.1 points respectively.

West Mesquite, under coach Darrin Samuels, is a team that embraces the 3-point field goal. The quartet of Williams, Bertrand, Price and Davis has combined for 83 baskets from behind the arc. Williams is the team leader with 27.

The Lady Wranglers, No. 7 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 4A Top 10, figure to be tested in the second half of district play with road trips to Ennis (14-10, 8-1) on Jan. 20 and Waxahachie (13-8, 6-2) on Jan. 27. Waxahachie forced West Mesquite into overtime in a 59-57 Lady Wranglers’ home-court victory Dec. 16.

West Mesquite fell one win short of the Class 4A state final four a year ago, losing to Lincoln in the Region II title game, 56-43. The Lady Wranglers finished 26-9 and won four playoff games.

4A-I preview: Highland Park headlines Region 2

November, 8, 2011
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CLASS 4A DIVISION I REGION 2 PREVIEW

Overview: A new region champion is sure to emerge since 2010 winner Wylie failed to make the playoffs.

Tyler John Tyler, regional finalist a year ago, is capable of a deep run despite a misleading 7-3 record. All three losses came at the start of the season to Class 5A schools. The Lions were competitive in two of those losses, to highly ranked Longview (38-22) and Lufkin (34-31).

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The Lions once again start the playoffs against Texarkana Texas High. John Tyler took last year’s bi-district meeting against the Tigers 26-17.

Look for the most competitive first-round games to come from District 15-16 matchups: West Mesquite-Pflugerville Hendrickson and Waxahachie-Pflugerville Connally.

Of the four Dallas ISD qualifiers in the bracket, two are assured of reaching the second round. Although Dallas Woodrow Wilson (9-1) has a better record, Dallas Kimball (8-2) played in a tougher district and appears to have the best chance of reaching the third round.

Favorite: Highland Park. Returning to the more familiar Division I this season, the Scots are the only unbeaten team in the 16-team bracket. They survived a couple of close calls against Wylie and Rockwall-Heath on the way to a District 10-4A championship and are making a state-record 53rd playoff appearance.

The Scots suffered a blow when top returning receiver Dalton Stogner was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in the fourth game of the season, but quarterback Brady Burgin (2,684 passing yards, 22 touchdowns) and running back Preston Miller (1,129 rushing yards, 21 touchdowns) have picked up the slack with outstanding seasons.

Highland Park has scored at least 40 points in seven games. Five of its wins have come against playoff teams.

Watch out for: Waxahachie. Sandwiched between losing its opener to Class 5A power Flower Mound Marcus and falling to Mesquite Poteet in a Week 10 game with nothing at stake, Waxahachie went on an eight-game winning streak and shared the title in a salty District 15-4A.

The Indians saw their streak of 20 straight playoff appearances snapped a year ago but have roared back behind the quarterback play of Don King III (2,257 passing yards, 18 touchdowns) and the running of Robert Lowe Jr. (1,357 yards, 26 touchdowns).

Waxahachie’s signature win came over rival Corsicana 47-36 in the sixth game of the season. If the Indians can string playoff games together with similar effort, they should be playing in December.

Can’t wait to see: West Mesquite-Pflugerville Hendrickson (7:30 Friday, Waco Midway). This is a bi-district rematch of an entertaining 48-39 West Mesquite victory a year ago when the Wranglers piled up over 600 yards of offense.

A rebuilding West Mesquite lost its first four games this fall but rallied to win five of its last six despite an injury that sidelined freshman starting quarterback Chason Virgil for the season. Shateek Nasir responded when pressed into duty, leading a 22-21 victory over Mesquite Poteet when the Wranglers overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half.

We hope to see: A rematch between Rockwall-Heath and Highland Park in the regional final. The first meeting for the District 10-4A title in Week 9 went to overtime with Highland Park squeezing out a 31-30 victory. The difference was a missed extra point when Rockwall-Heath had a chance to force a second overtime. It remains the only blemish on the record of either team.

The Hawks led 10-9 at the half. Highland Park took control of the third period to build a 24-10 lead only to see Rockwall-Heath mount a two-touchdown comeback in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

Rockwall-Heath and Highland Park are in opposite ends of the regional bracket. Each would need to win three games to oppose each other in a state quarterfinal.

Talent pool (FBS recruits): Dallas Bryan Adams: LB Kris Williams (Texas Tech); Pflugerville Hendrickson: TE Reid Mitchell (Rice), RB Daje Johnson (TCU), DE Victor Irokansi (Oklahoma State); Sherman: DB Ryan Reid (Baylor); Texarkana Texas High: OL John Michael McGee (Oklahoma); Tyler John Tyler: DE Eric Davis (Oklahoma State).


What we got right: Most of the teams and orders of both polls remained similar to close out the regular season other than the few teams which lost their finales. Dallas Skyline and Highland Park will remain on top of both polls to close out the regular season. None if will matter after six weeks from now, when the state champions will be crowned at Cowboys Stadium.

What we got wrong: Allen couldn't maintain the consistency that Euless Trinity has shown to close out the season and fell a spot to the Trojans. Southlake Carroll jumped back over Flower Mound Marcus, finishing an undefeated season with a quality win over Denton Guyer. Waxahachie took a tumble in 4A with a final game loss to Mesquite Poteet, and DeSoto slipped in 5A after losing the district title to Longview.

Say hello to: 5A -- Garland; 4A -- Fort Worth Southwest

Say goodbye to: 5A -- Cedar Hill; 4A -- Wylie East

Lancaster finds strength in numbers in 15-4A

October, 18, 2011
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It isn’t one player or even a handful of players behind Lancaster’s 6-1 record.

“We’re playing a lot of kids,’’ said coach Chris Gilbert, in his first season at Lancaster. “I’m probably playing more kids than I ever have in my career. We routinely alternate five or six defensive backs, three running backs and we’ve used three quarterbacks. It has taken effort from all of them.’’

Gilbert, who observed the Tigers from afar in prior years, said the program has depth.

“I really feel like we have a little way to go, but I like where we are now,’’ Gilbert said. “I’ve talked to our players about peaking at the right time and I really feel that’s why Friday night’s game is so important.’’

Lancaster (4-1 in 15-4A) goes on the road to meet district leader Waxahachie (6-1, 5-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lumpkins Stadium.

“It will be a playoff-type atmosphere and I want to see how we handle it,’’ Gilbert said.

In another road game with a playoff-type atmosphere in Corsicana, the Tigers sputtered early and couldn’t recover, losing 55-38.

Lancaster has won three since Corsicana, including a come-from-behind 20-19 thriller over Mesquite Poteet last week. Sophomore Nick Harvey scored Lancaster’s winning touchdown on a 19-yard run midway in the fourth quarter.

“The defense carried us against Poteet,’’ Gilbert said.

The Tigers for years have been known for outstanding play in the secondary, and it is true again, but they are also getting great effort up front from senior defensive tackle Windell Chalmers (6-foot, 245) and junior defensive end Deandre Hall (6-7, 215).

“Waxahachie has a great team,’’ Gilbert said. “They have a great running back and quarterback and a big offensive line. Defensively, they are very quick and move around a lot. We really need a good start.’’

After the Indians, Lancaster closes the regular season with games against Terrell and at Red Oak.

Rankings: Highland Park bounces back to No. 1

October, 16, 2011
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What we got right: The majority of the teams in the 5A poll took care of business this week, leaving the top seven unchanged. Aledo and Waxahachie remained unmoved after wins this weekend in 4A. Waxahachie has proven it belongs at the top of one of the deepest districts in the area, 15-4A, but it will be interesting to see if it has what it takes to move up any further.

What we got wrong: We can't make up our mind who is the best team in 4A. Denton Ryan and Highland Park have very comparable results through 2011, and both pass a similar eye test. However, Highland Park has proven it has depth on offense, finding players to replace standout wide receiver Dalton Stogner. Garland has flown under the radar for the majority of the season but had a big win against Rowlett this weekend, showcasing skill in all phases of the game. Fort Worth Southwest taught Fort Worth Arlington Heights a lesson it did not learn in years past -- how to lose in district play. That blowout was more than enough to give Southwest the No. 10 spot in the 4A poll.

Say hello to: 5A -- Garland, Cedar Hill; 4A --Fort Worth Southwest

Say goodbye to: 5A -- Keller Central, Hebron; 4A -- Everman

Watch out for: 5A -- Arlington Lamar; 4A -- Frisco

Tell us: How would you rank teams differently and who did we leave out?

Waxahachie rallies, controls destiny in 15-4A

October, 13, 2011
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MESQUITE, Texas -- The District 15-4A title race was looking to get even more confusing just before halftime of Waxahachie's win over West Mesquite on Thursday night.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comWaxahachie's Robert Lowe Jr. picked up over 200 yards and four touchdowns against West Mesquite.
That's when Waxahachie decided to rally with a spectacularly confusing play. With the ball on its 29 and about a half a minute left to play in the second quarter, quarterback Don King III hit Michael Veail on a short curl. If the play stops there, the clock probably runs out and the Indians head into the locker room down 23-13.

But the play continued with a pitch to running back Robert Lowe Jr., who ran the ball to the West Mesquite 5 before he was brought down. The play set up a touchdown on a slant to Terrance Hawkins, bringing Waxahachie to within three at the break.

“That play is a trick play but we knew we could execute it,” Lowe said. “I wish I would have scored, but we got down there and scored at that’s all that mattered.”

The trickeration sparked Waxahachie’s offense and drove the Indians to take the lead in the second half in a 40-33 victory.

Waxahachie coach David Ream said the trick play was one his team practices every week and has ready to use in rare situations.

“We do it in our two-minute offense every week and they have a good time with it,” Ream said. “It was just a well-executed play.”

Lowe carried the load for the Indians for the second straight week, scoring four touchdowns on the night and rushing for over 200 yards.

“He’s a great back," Ream said. "He’s got great balance. When the game’s on the line we can get it in his hands and he’ll make the first downs for us.”

Two of the touchdowns came on 17- and 3-yard runs in the second half. King added a 9-yard scamper as Waxahachie outscored West Mesquite in the period, 20-10.

The win keeps a hot West Mesquite (2-5, 2-3) team from getting involved in the District 15-4A championship race and allows Waxahachie (6-1, 5-0) to control its destiny through the last three weeks of district play.

While no one in Waxahachie green would elaborate too much on it, the Indians have to have the season finale against Mesquite Poteet circled. That meeting could end in a celebration of Waxahachie's first district championship won in the school’s renovated stadium.

“We worried about our next game, but [Poteet’s] got it coming. But we’re worried about our next game,” Lowe said.

West Mesquite fights back to stay in 15-4A race

October, 11, 2011
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West Mesquite’s 22-21 come-from-behind victory over Mesquite Poteet on Friday is a prime example of why it is a mistake to count out a Wranglers program riding a streak of five straight playoff appearances.

After an 0-4 start to 2011, including 0-2 in District 15-4A, the Wranglers have won their last two to move into a tie for fifth place in the district standings.

It looked bleak for West Mesquite when it trailed rival Poteet 21-3 midway through the third period.

The Wranglers were already without their starting quarterback. Freshman Chason Virgil suffered a season-ending broken passing arm the prior week, in a 19-16 victory over Ennis.

Against Poteet, sophomore backup quarterback Shateek Nasir rallied the Wranglers with three touchdown passes in a 13-minute stretch of the second half. Nasir threw a 15-yard scoring pass to William Stanley late in the third period and two in the fourth quarter to Eldridge Massington to tie it with 3:17 remaining. An extra point by Miguel Garza gave West Mesquite its margin of victory.

The winning touchdown was set up by Cody Morris’ interception.

Massington, a junior, finished with eight catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’m proud of the way our kids have kept fighting,’’ said West Mesquite coach Mike Overton. “We’ve got a young team this year and we played a tough schedule, but these guys have hung in there.’’

West Mesquite controls its playoff destiny. Wins in its final four games can assure a sixth straight postseason trip. Help will be needed if it loses down the stretch.

The Wranglers (2-4, 2-2) host 15-4A leader Waxahachie (5-1, 4-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.

“Waxahachie might be the best 4A team in the state right now,’’ Overton said.

West Mesquite closes its season with road games at Terrell and Forney sandwiched around a home game against playoff contender Red Oak.

Rankings: Skyline rises over DeSoto to No. 2

October, 9, 2011
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What we got right: Most of the teams in the top 10 remained the same, but Week 6 might have shuffled the deck more than any week to date. The 4A poll remained mostly the same with the exception of Waxahachie jumping to the No. 4 position after its win over Corsicana.

What we got wrong: Skyline proved itself with a decisive win over Dallas Jesuit on Friday, which shot the Raiders over DeSoto, who struggled for a victory over North Mesquite, for the first time this year. Keller Central more than proved it belonged among the best in the area with a 6-0 record and a win over previous No. 8 Denton Guyer. Everman comes in at No. 10, with several weeks of quality play after taking a Zero Week loss from Highland Park.

Say hello to: 5A -- Keller Central; 4A --Everman

Say goodbye to: 5A --Denton Guyer; 4A -- Mesquite Poteet

Watch out for: 5A Arlington Lamar; 4A -- Fort Worth Southwest

Volleyball: Colleyville Heritage a threat in 6-5A

October, 5, 2011
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The young Colleyville Heritage volleyball team will be a threat to its opponents this season thanks to its offensive versatility. Although the team does not have any seniors, it has the luxury of being able to move players around and have many different looks.

Junior Kimmy Gardiner is a perfect example of how players on this team can move around on the court. Gardiner is a six-rotation player who is just one part of Heritage's team with additional standouts Maddie Jones, Morgan Hatwig and Brooke Hollingsworth.

“We take it day-by-day and come in ready to work, to perform now. Yes, we are excited about the future, but we are focused on the present. This group is a special group that has an amazing journey ahead of them,” said head coach Jamie deTurck.

DeTurck and strength coach Misail Tsapos do all they can to get their team in shape both mentally and physically. All players go through a variety of drills.

“We also make use of eye training and different types of thinking while playing drills that make them think, talk and perform right then,” said deTurck.

Colleyville Heritage will need to play every ball aggressively and stay consistent in order to reach its expectations of winning District 6-5A and going deep into the playoffs.

Waxahachie hanging tough in District 15-4A race



Waxahachie is a strong team who should be in the running with Red Oak until the very end in District 15-4A. With a 10-1 start, Waxahachie is only one win behind Red Oak in the standings.

Future Texas A&M player, senior Kate Praslicka, is the team leader in both kills and assists. She was the 2010 All-District MVP for District 15-4A.

Another standout is senior libero Lacie Tucker, who was the 2010 All-District Libero of the Year and has multiple colleges looking at her.

Head Coach Sandy Faussett cites her team’s chemistry, passing and defense as major strengths. Waxahachie also has options, with several strong hitters who are able to make a difference.

Although not an all-around tall team, Faussett believes Waxahachie has more potential when it comes to the blocking game.

Waxahachie will have to stay sharp all season to remain in competition with Red Oak. If it continues to improve on its defensive skills, it should be able to do just that.

Corsicana battles Waxahachie for 15-4A lead

October, 4, 2011
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The new 2,500 seats at Waxahachie’s remodeled Lumpkin Stadium could come in handy Friday when the Indians host rival Corsicana in a matchup of the final two remaining teams without a defeat in District 15-4A play.

It is the first time the two foes have been unbeaten in district play going into the big game since 2007, when they met in a district opener.

Corsicana (6-0, 4-0 in 15-4A) is No. 3 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10.

The only blemish on the record of No. 7 Waxahachie (4-1, 3-0) was administered by Class 5A unbeaten Flower Mound Marcus in the season opener.

First place doesn't have to be at stake to rev up the two communities for this game. They are separated by only 36 miles. Records indicate the series dates to at least 1913.

Both teams have dominated foes this season. In its four wins, Waxahachie has averaged 50 points scored and 10 points allowed.

Corsicana’s victory margin doesn’t match Waxahachie's, but is still a comfortable 19.5 per game. The Tigers are coming off a 29-16 showdown win over previously unbeaten Mesquite Poteet.

Waxahachie, which missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 1989, has done it a little differently this season, riding the passing arm of quarterback Don King III. The 6-footo-3, 195-pound senior has thrown for 1,244 yards and nine touchdowns.

King can expect pressure from a Corsicana defense that has already amassed 28 sacks.

The Tigers depend heavily on running back Cameron Washington. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior has rushed for 1,258 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Corsicana last season ended a string of Waxahachie victories in the rivalry, 42-28.

Rankings: Highland Park takes No. 1 from Ryan

September, 25, 2011
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What we got right: The top of the 5A poll. There were no changes in the first four spots -- with Allen, DeSoto, Euless Trinity and Dallas Skyline maintaining their strongholds.

What we got wrong: We may have underestimated Highland Park. The Scots, who started the year at No. 3 in the 4A rankings, climbed past Denton Ryan into the No. 1 spot for the first time this season based mostly on its quality offensive play. We overrated Birdville, which had climbed to No. 5 in 4A but fell out of the rankings after losing to second-year program Trophy Club Byron Nelson.

Say hello to: 5A -- Denton Guyer; 4A -- Waxahachie

Say goodbye to: 5A -- Plano; 4A -- Birdville

Watch out for: 5A -- Hebron, Mansfield; 4A -- Wylie East, Trophy Club Byron Nelson

Tell us: Use the comments section to let us know what we have wrong.

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