High-SchoolTexas: Arlington Martin

Final Texas POWERADE baseball rankings: Cy Ranch is No. 1

June, 13, 2012
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After games on Sunday, June 10

For most of the season, it appeared that the Class 5A and 4A titles would go through Corpus Christi, what with Carroll and Calallen dominating the respective scenes. But then Calallen went down in the regional semifinals, and then Carroll fell to A&M Consolidated in the state semifinals.

In the end, Cypress Ranch and Rockwall-Heath emerged as the state champions. For Cy Ranch, sophomore Corbin Martin earned MVP honors by hitting a home run, sac fly and two RBIs, pushing the Mustangs past A&M Consolidated and up to No. 21 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Meanwhile, Rockwall-Heath rode another impressive performance from Jovan Hernandez, who threw a four-hitter on the mound and belted a home run at the plate to help beat Cleburne 10-1 in the 4A championship and move his team to a No. 32 national ranking.

Here are the final rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Cypress Ranch (Houston) 32-8 (4)
Corbin Martin hit a home run, a sac fly and two RBIs to lead Mustangs past AaM Consolidated 4-1 in the Class 5A championship.

2. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 32-5 (1)
Fell 2-1 to A&M Consolidated in the Class 5A semifinals.

3. Arlington Martin 37-6-1 (2)
Warriors lost 6-0 to eventual champ Cypress Ranch in the Class 5A semifinals.

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ESPNHS Baseball Players of the Week

June, 7, 2012
6/07/12
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(After games of Tuesday, June 5)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. These are the final ESPNHS Player of the Week honorees for the 2011-12 school year.

EAST

Alex Godzak, Westhill (Syracuse, N.Y.)

The senior left-handed pitcher was dominant in an 8-1 win over Cazenovia (N.Y.) in the Section III Class B championship game. Godzak allowed only one hit -- a sixth-inning double -- while striking out 13 batters and yielding only one walk to avenge a regular-season loss. Godzak, a Canisius recruit who had a perfect game through five innings, improved his season record to 10-1 with an earned run average under 1.00. The win advances the Warriors to the state tournament this week. Westhill won state crowns in 2009 and 2010.

SOUTHEAST

Jimmy Boyd, Middle Creek (Apex, N.C.)

A four-year varsity starter, Boyd led the Mustangs to the Class 4A state title, which also is the first state title in any sport for the school. Boyd pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 2-0 win against Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) in the first game of the best-of-three title series. Middle Creek then won the second game 10-4. In addition to pitching, Boyd also reached base four times in the two games. For the season, Boyd went 8-1 with a 0.86 ERA. He also batted .450, including .550 in the playoffs.

MIDWEST

Kevin Ruff, Minooka (Ill.)

The right-handed senior pitcher was perfect in a 9-0 victory over O'Fallon (Ill.) in the Class 4A sectional tournament final. Ruff retired all 21 batters in his first career no-hitter. Ruff struck out just four batters, but allowed only five balls hit out of the infield and depended on team defense in the playoff game. Earlier in the season, Ruff -- who also plays third base and the outfield -- had a one-hitter against Romeoville (Ill.).

MIDLANDS

Turner Larkins, Arlington Martin (Arlington, Texas)

He’s the only sophomore on the roster for Martin’s No. 7 FAB 50 squad, but Larkins pitched like a seasoned veteran when the team topped Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) 5-2 in the third game of a best-of-three playoff series. Larkins keyed the win by striking out 13 batters and pitching out of jams. He improved to 10-0 for the season with a 1.25 ERA. Martin advanced to the Class 5A state tournament for the first time since 1993.

WEST

Luke Eubank, Newbury Park (Calif.)

He didn’t get his fourth no-hitter of the season, but this senior will gladly take a three-hitter at Dodger Stadium and leading his team to the CIF Southern Section Division I title. Eubank, who had eight strikeouts and no walks, was the difference in Newbury Park’s 3-1 victory against Corona (Calif.). Earlier in the week, he closed out the Panthers’ 5-2 win over previous FAB 50 No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) with two scoreless innings of relief. For the season, Eubank finished 11-0 with two saves and an ERA of approximately 1.01.

Texas Week 14 POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
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After games on Sunday, June 3

By now, most everybody has seen Courtney Hawkins' backflip at the MLB Draft. And who could blame the CC Carroll senior? Not only was he picked 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox but his Tigers have another shot to win state like they did in 2010 after beating Laredo Alexander in the Class 5A regional final last week. The No. 6 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 will next take on A&M Consolidated while No. 7 Arlington Martin will face off against Cypress Ranch on the other side of the bracket.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 32-4 (1)
Tigers swept Laredo to reach third straight Class 5A state semifinal. Next up: A&M Consolidated.

2. Arlington Martin 37-5-1 (2)
Warriors beat Southlake Carroll to reach Class 5A final four. Next up: Cypress Ranch.

3. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 33-2 (3)
Former FAB 50 No. 1 team was upset in Class 4A regional round by Boerne Champion.

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Texas Week 13 POWERADE baseball rankings: Calallen falls

May, 31, 2012
5/31/12
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After games on Saturday, May 26

The No. 1 spot in the POWEADE FAB 50 has become not so coveted of late. For the fourth time in four weeks, the nation's top team fell, with Calallen serving as the victim this time. The Wildcats were stunned in the Class 4A regional semifinals by Boerne Champion, which had the luxury of choosing a one-game playoff instead of a three-game series after winning a coin flip.

As a result, CC Carroll moves back into the top spot after beating Sharyland to set up a matchup with Laredo in the Class 5A regional final. Seven Texas teams now hold a spot in the POWERADE FAB 50, beginning with CC Carroll at No. 7 and Rockwall-Heath at No. 50.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 30-4 (3)
Tigers regain top spot in state after sweeping Sharyland. Next up: Laredo in the Class 5A regional finals.

2. Arlington Martin 34-4-1 (2)
Warriors bested LD Bell in Game 3 of series to move on to Class 5A regional finals.

3. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 33-2 (1)
Class 4A favorite Wildcats were upset by Boerne Champion in one-game playoff.

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After games on Saturday, May 19

Calallen already staked its claim as the top team in Texas, beating fellow powerhouse CC Carroll. Now, the Wildcats can call themselves the top team in the nation after snagging the No. 1 spot in this week's POWERADE FAB 50. The Tigers did so by moving one step closer to a Class 4A title, sweeping Ray to set up a matchup with Boerne Champion in the regional semifinals.

In Class 5A, a big showdown looms as No. 3 CC Carroll takes on No. 4 Sharyland for the right to move on to the regional final.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 33-1 (1)
Nation's new top team beat Ray and moves on to face Boerne Champion in Class 4A regional semifinals.

2. Arlington Martin 32-3-1 (3)
Nick Hendrix's three-hitter pushed Warriors past Coronado and into Class 5A regional semifinals against L.D. Bell.

3. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 28-4 (2)
Tigers needed three games to down Johnson. Will face No. 4 Sharyland in next round.

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Texas POWERADE Week 11 baseball rankings

May, 16, 2012
5/16/12
3:12
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After games on Saturday, May 12

It's win or go home for Texas teams and so far, some highly ranked squads have been shown the door. Seven Lakes' impressive campaign came to an end in the first round against Cy Ranch. A similar fate came for Colleyville Heritage and Georgetown.

The top teams in Class 5A and 4A remain in the running, as CC Carroll and Calallen moved one step closer to making good on their preseason hype. They lead the six Texas teams in this week's POWERADE FAB 50.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 31-1 (1)
Wyatt Mathisen continues to come up big in the postseason, recording a save and the Wildcats' lone RBI in a 1-0 victory against Victoria West. Will face Ray in Class 4A regional quarterfinals.

2. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 25-3 (2)
O'Shea Dumes was solid on the mound as the Tigers beat Reagan, setting up a matchup against S.A. Johnson.

3. Arlington Martin 30-3-1 (3)
Swept Odessa in two games, move on to face El Paso Franklin.

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Texas Week 10 POWERADE baseball rankings: Playoffs underway

May, 9, 2012
5/09/12
12:36
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After games on Saturday, May 5

Nothing is guaranteed come playoff time, especially in Texas, where eight teams are ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50, meaning some are bound to meet up as the postseason wears on. Previously ranked Bellaire and The Woodlands found out the hard way, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Spring Branch Memorial and Klein Oak, respectively.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 30-1 (1)
Wyatt Mathisen took care of business to open the 4A playoffs, pitching a shutout and blasting a home run in a 5-0 win against Hidalgo.

2. Carroll (Corpus Christi ) 24-3 (2)
Tigers drew 12 walks in a 9-0 win against Stevens to open Class 5A postseason.

3. Arlington Martin 28-2-1 (3)
Warriors swept Odessa in their playoff opening best-of-three series. Next up: El Paso Franklin.

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Texas Week 9 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
1:15
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After games on Saturday, April 28

The regular season ended pretty much where it started, with CC Carroll atop Class 5A and Calallen as the No. 1 squad in Class 4A. Granted, Calallen looks a bit more intimidating after knocking off Carroll last week, but of course nothing is guaranteed in the playoffs, so stay tuned.

Seven teams from the Lone Star State now populate the POWERADE FAB 50, as Colleyville Heritage debuts at No. 27 after winning 19 of their last 20 entering the postseason.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 29-1 (1)
Wildcats ended the regular season on the right note, beating Reagan 9-4.

2. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 23-3 (2)
Tigers finished 10-0 in District 28-5A play with 11-1 victory against King. Next up: one-game playoff against Stevens.

3. Arlington Martin 25-2-1 (5)
Warriors somehow turned two total hits into a 3-0 win against Paschal. Next up: Class 5A playoff game against Odessa.

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Texas Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 10, 2012
4/10/12
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After games on Saturday, April 7

Though Calallen remains atop the rankings, there was lots of movement over this past week in the Lone Star State. Thanks to consecutive losses by Klein Collins, which had won 17 straight, Seven Lakes and Montwood made major jumps in the rankings behind lengthy win streaks of their own.

Also, seven teams now sit in the POWERADE FAB 50, with Calallen coming in at No. 2 and Klein Collins sitting at No. 45.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 22-0 (1)
Wildcats face off against rival Moody for the second this season.

2. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 19-2 (3)
O'Shea Dumes struck out seven batters and allowed just four hits to help Tigers beat King 3-0.

3. Arlington Martin 19-1-1 (4)
Mike Hoffman got the win as the Warriors downed Arlington 13-1 last week.

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Edwards, Gray make ESPNHS All-American team

December, 22, 2011
12/22/11
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Trust me, we don't look for ways to write about Johnathan Gray — the guy just keeps earning accolades. What can you do?

The Aledo tailback's latest honor is being named to the ESPNHS All-American first team along with the nation's top recruit, Mario Edwards Jr. of Denton Ryan. Arlington Martin's Devonte Fields and Brenham's Malcolm Brown also represented Texas on the second team. Griffin Gilbert from the five-time Class 4A champ Lake Travis and Thomas Johnson of Skyline earned spots on the third team.

Click here to see the full list of players.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Showdown on tap between Skyline and new No. 2 Southlake Carroll

December, 5, 2011
12/05/11
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It's a matchup sure to catch the fancy of Dallas/Fort Worth high school football fans. Skyline vs. Southlake Carroll, No. 1 against No. 2, collide in the Class 5A Division I state semifinal set for 4 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

There’s no doubting either team’s fifth-round playoff legitimacy, as each sports a 14-0 record. But there are differences, too. Not since 1950 has a Dallas ISD school won a state football champion. On the other hand, in a span of five seasons from 2002 to 2006, Carroll won four of its seven state football championships.

Each team is led by a versatile junior quarterback —Devante Kincade of Skyline and Kenny Hill of Carroll. Skyline is loaded with speed that college programs crave. Carroll is gritty, having outscored opponents in the second half of its four playoff games 59-8. To the winner, a date in the state championship game on Dec. 17 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Nationally, Port Arthur Memorial debuted in the POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 39 after beating La Porte, 34-6, to advance to the Class 5A, Division II semifinals. Meanwhile, La Porte, Katy and Euless Trinity dropped out, leaving six Texas teams in the national rankings with Skyline leading the way at No. 8.

Here's the top 25 four rounds into the state playoffs. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Skyline (Dallas) 14-0 (1)
Down 24-14 at halftime, the Raiders came roaring back in the second half behind Devante Kincade. The junior quarterback threw for a touchdown and ran one yard for the game-winner with 2:59 remaining in a 35-31 victory over 12-2 The Woodlands Saturday in Waco. The Raiders will meet 14-0 Carroll (Southlake) in a Class 5A, Division I state semifinal set for 4 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium in University Park.

2. Southlake Carroll 14-0 (3)
Junior quarterback Kenny Hill, the son of former Major League pitcher Ken Hill, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two in a 31-14 victory over 12-2 Martin (Arlington) in a Class 5A, Division I, Region I title game Saturday evening at SMU‘s Ford Stadium. Up next for the Dragons, four-time state champions in the 2000s, is 14-0 Skyline (Dallas) in a Class 5A, Division I state semifinal set for 4 p.m. Saturday back at Ford Stadium.

3. Lake Travis 14-0 (2)
Dane Balazs and Brock Kenyon had second half interceptions, the latter with 52 seconds remaining, to allow the Cavaliers to hold off 11-3 Cedar Park, 14-9, Friday night at Austin’s Royal-Memorial Stadium in the Class 4A, Division I, Region IV title game. The Cavaliers will shoot for their 29th consecutive playoff victory in a state semifinal against 12-2 Dawson (Pearland) set for 8 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas football state rankings

Aledo looks for revenge against Stephenville in state quarterfinals

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
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The outcome was a shocker to most, a 48-47 upset of the defending Class 4A, Division II champ Aledo by Stephenville, which had lost to the Bearcats in their last four meetings. But based on the way history played out the last two years, with the teams facing off in the playoffs, most figured they'd meet again.

Some fourteen weeks later, here we are: Aledo vs. Stephenville, Vol. 2.

Both teams enter Saturday's contest at 11-2, but only Aledo possesses Johnathan Gray. Fresh off winning the state Gatorade Player of the Year award for the second straight year, Gray enters the contest with an insane 3,236 yards and 58 touchdowns. The senior had his way in the season opener (222 yards, four scores), but he was stuffed on a critical two-point conversion try and the Aledo defense had trouble slowing down Stephenville's offense. Another high-scoring game is likely, as both teams have surpassed the 40-point mark during their current playoff run.
My pick: Aledo 38, Stephenville 35

Southlake Carroll vs. Arlington Martin
Most (including me) had left Arlington Martin for dead last week when it went up against powerhouse Euless Trinity. But the Warriors' defense played out of its mind, limiting the Trojans to three first downs and 134 total yards just a week after putting up 28 points on Allen the week before. A similar effort will be key against Southlake Carroll, which has plenty of offensive firepower against Kenny Hill and is prone to put together late rallies.
My pick: Southlake Carroll 21, Arlington Martin 17

Skyline vs. The Woodlands
The new No. 1 team in the ESPNS Texas rankings will put its undefeated record on the line against a surging The Woodlands squad. The Woodlands put together a strong defensive effort last round, using constant pressure and turnovers to down Mesquite, 24-6. But Skyline will pose quite a different challenge, what with QB Devante Kincaide getting better with each week and his favorite target WR Thomas Johnson (two TDs last week) apparently back to full strength.
My pick: Skyline 35, The Woodlands 21

La Porte vs. Port Arthur Memorial
Count La Porte as another squad that was supposed to be at home by this point. The Bulldogs pulled off one of the many shocking upsets of these playoffs by downing previous No. 1 Katy, 9-7, on a late field goal. Defense was again the key, as La Porte has allowed just 20 points through three playoff games. Terrence Singleton will be the focus this week after he rushed for 181 yards and two scores last round.
My pick: La Porte 20, Port Arthur Memorial 14

Steele. vs. S.A. Reagan
Steele continues to look poised to repeat as champs, but the Knights certainly (should) know better than to assume anything in the playoffs. Last week, QB Tommy Armstrong used his usual play (three total scores) to mesh with a shutdown defense (six turnovers) in a 28-0 win against Alexander. Is S.A. Reagan cut out for an upset? The potential is there, what with the Rattlers able to light up the scoreboard (40-plus points six times this year) and riding a 12-game win streak.
My pick: Steele 34, S.A. Reagan 28

Pearland vs. Fort Bend Hightower
While favorites Trinity and Allen have been eliminated, defending Class 5A, Division I champ Pearland remains in the hunt. Jackie Robinson has been a huge catalyst for the Oilers, rushing for 241 yards in last week's win against Lamar. But Fort Bend Hightower has quite a threat in QB Bralon Addison, who can hurt teams with his arm and legs (and on punt returns, as he did in last week's win). Putting up points isn't a problem for the Hurricanes but their defensive play will have to better to win this one.
My pick: Pearland 28, Fort Bend Hightower 27

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Katy, Trinity topple in third round; Skyline takes top spot

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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It was a disastrous playoff weekend for five previously unbeaten teams in the Texas rankings. Katy, Trinity (Euless), Ryan (Denton), Cypress-Fairbanks (Cypress) and Highland Park entered the regional playoff round with 12-0 records. All suffered elimination defeats.

Katy lasted only one week atop the rankings, taken down by La Porte, 9-7 in the Class 5A Division II bracket. It marked the first time in 10 years Katy failed to reach the fourth round of the playoffs. The last time it happened, Vince Young was the quarterback of the opponent.

One week after knocking off previous No. 1 Allen, Trinity was stonewalled by Martin (Arlington), 19-7. Like all the games in North Texas on Saturday, the game was played in winds that gusted to 35 mph.

An unbeaten team that avoided a calamity was 13-0 Skyline (Dallas), the new No. 1 team this week. The Raiders reached the Class 5A Division I title game in Region II with a 42-24 elimination of Klein Oak (Spring).

The POWERADE FAB 50 also saw a major reshuffle, as a result. Skyline is now the top-ranked Texas team at No. 9 while La Porte and Arlington Martin joined the national list.

Here's the top 25 three rounds into the state playoffs. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Skyline 13-0 (4)
Receiver Thomas Johnson, a Texas Longhorns commit, broke touchdown runs of 64 and 41 yards in a 21-point third period to help the Raiders to a 42-24 win over 9-4 Klein Oak (Spring) in a Class 5A Division I regional playoff. The Raiders play for the Region II title against 12-1 The Woodlands at 4 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.

2. Lake Travis 13-0 (3)
The Cavaliers scored on all seven of their first half possessions and then cleared the bench in a 58-15 rout of 8-5 Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi) in a Class 4A Division I regional playoff, their 27th consecutive playoff victory. It sets up a rematch against District 25-4A foe Cedar Park (11-2) in a state semifinal set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Austin’s Royal-Memorial Stadium.

3. Southlake Carroll 13-0 (7)
Junior quarterback Kenny Hill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help the Dragons overcome a 17-point deficit in a 21-17 defeat of 9-4 Bowie (Arlington) in a Class 5A Division I regional playoff. Next is a Region I title game against 12-1 Martin (Arlington) set for 6 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium in University Park.

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Texas football playoffs enter round three

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
5:35
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Thanksgiving means three things: turkey, leftovers and football. I'll let you guys handle the first two on your own and jump to the third with a preview of some of this weekend's biggest third-round playoff games:

Katy vs. La Porte
The state's new top team gets a big test against La Porte, which boasts a strong defense. That much is clear in round two, when the Bulldogs held Bush to 108 total yards, seven first downs and posted a pick-six. Granted, Katy is easily the best and most offensively talented team La Porte has faced this year. The Tigers found another weapon in freshman Rodney Anderson, who ran for 215 yards and two scores last week. And their defense has been just as impressive, allowing just a touchdown per game.
My pick: Katy 35, La Porte 20

Euless Trinity vs. Arlington Martin
Trinity survived the postseason's biggest matchup so far, downing previous No. 1 Allen, 28-21, last week. Joel Kimplea continued his dominance on the ground, racking up 345 yards and two touchdowns. Obviously, Arlington Martin will have its hands full with Kimplea and look to let loose its own offensive weapon in RB Kyle Hicks. His production will be key in thwarting Trinity's tough defense.
My pick: Trinity 31, Arlington Martin 21

Lamar vs. Pearland
These two teams have been the comeback kings of these playoffs so far. Some had written off Pearland, the defending Class 5A, Division I champs, after consecutive losses in September, but the Oilers have bounced back with eight straight wins. The offense has been impressive during this stretch, putting up 41-plus points in seven of those victories.
Lamar experienced the same misfortune in September and then needed 21 straight points to close out a 35-34 win against Cypress Falls last round. Which team will keep rolling?
My pick: Pearland 31, Lamar 30

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Katy takes over top spot after Allen falls to Trinity

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
1:18
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Texas, we have a new No. 1.

The Katy Tigers (12-0) have muscled their way atop this week’s Texas state rankings. The Houston-area power defeated Woods (Cypress) 44-30 in a Class 5A Division II area playoff game Friday night. Katy takes over the top spot that Allen held the previous 13 weeks of the season.

On Saturday, Allen’s season ended at the hands of 12-0 Trinity (Euless), 28-21, in a Class 5A Division I area playoff at Cowboys Stadium. As a result, Katy moves up to No. 3 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50, while Trinity takes over the No. 5 slot in the national rankings.

Katy, ranked No. 2 throughout the season, is four playoff wins away from the school’s seventh state championship. The Tigers’ most recent state titles came in 2007 and 2008. The Tigers have made five other state final appearances, the most recent a loss to Abilene in 2009. In the last 11 seasons, Katy’s playoff record is remarkable 42-6. Only in two games this season has Katy trailed. It has outscored opponents 547-88.

Allen (11-1) was unable to contain the power running game of Trinity, which moves up a rung in the rankings to No. 2. Trinity also ended Allen’s 2010 season in the area round.

In another Saturday area playoff showdown of Top 25 teams, 12-0 Skyline (Dallas) prevailed over 10-2 DeSoto, 41-31. Skyline stopped DeSoto on two crucial fourth downs while converting on fourth down for the clinching touchdown.

Here's the top 25 two rounds into the state playoffs. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Katy 12-0 (2)
Freshman Rodney Anderson rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-30 victory over 9-3 Woods (Cypress). Katy will play in the regional round for the 10th straight season (Vince Young was the opponent’s quarterback the last time it lost in area) against 11-1 La Porte at 6 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s Tully Stadium.

2. Euless Trinity 12-0 (3)
Running back Joel Kimpela carried 32 times for 345 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 triumph over 11-1 Allen in a Class 5A Division I area playoff at Cowboys Stadium. Up next is 11-1 Martin (Arlington) at noon Saturday at Bedford’s Pennington Field, the third consecutive season the two have met in a regional playoff. Trinity’s playoff record in the last eight years is 31-4.

3. Skyline 12-0 (5)
Junior quarterback DeVante Kincade threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 92 yards and three scores in a 41-31 elimination of 10-2 DeSoto in a Class 5A Division I area playoff in front of a capacity crowd of 11,500 fans in Irving. The Raiders advance to a regional playoff against 9-3 Klein Oak (Spring) 7 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas football rankings

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