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Five teams nearly lose in Week 7 Texas football rankings

10/11/2011

Results as of Saturday, Oct. 8

Five unbeaten Dallas-area teams in the state rankings stared down the barrel of defeat last week, but all five were able to avoid midseason upsets with clutch fourth-quarter play.

The trend began with No. 1 Allen in Thursday’s 42-38 victory over Plano East. The Eagles didn’t take the lead for the last time until Jonathan Williams’ touchdown run with five minutes remaining.

On Friday, No. 6 DeSoto went to halftime trailing North Mesquite 17-0. The Eagles stormed back in the second half, finally grabbing the lead for good a minute into the fourth quarter.

No. 7 Ryan (Denton) cut it much closer. The winning field goal in the Raiders’ 20-17 nail-biter over Rider (Wichita Falls), a 41-yarder by Mark Orozco, came with six seconds on the clock.

Highland Park, ranked No. 12, fell 21 points behind Wylie in the first half. The Scots’ 24-21 comeback win was complete when Jackson Hauser scored on a three-yard run with 20 seconds remaining.

No. 18 Marcus (Flower Mound) needed four overtimes to finish off Plano West, 51-48. It was the second overtime win in as many weeks for the Marauders.

In this week's POWERADE FAB 50, Katy moved up to the No. 4 spot, just behind Allen. Seven teams from the Lone Star State remain in the national rankings.

Here's this week's top 25 (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Allen 6-0 (1)

The Eagles three times overcame a 10-point deficit in Thursday's 42-38 win over 2-4 Plano East (Plano), thanks in part to receiver Andrew Rodriguez (six catches, 173 yards, two touchdowns). Next for Allen is a home game against 4-2 Plano West on Friday.

2. Katy 6-0 (2)

Quarterback Brooks Haack threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another in a 45-7 drubbing of 3-3 Morton Ranch (Katy) on Thursday. Another Thursday game is on the horizon this week against 1-5 Mayde Creek (Houston).

3. Euless Trinity 7-0 (3)

Joel Kemplea punched in two short touchdown runs and Austin Lopez kicked field goals of 36 and 41 yards as the Trojans defeated 2-4 Haltom, 35-8. On Friday, Trinity goes on the road for the second time this season to face 2-4 Nimitz (Irving).

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas football rankings.