High-SchoolTexas: Plano West

POWERADE Texas Week 2 baseball rankings: Churchill stakes its claim

March, 14, 2012
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After games on Monday, March 12

With district play already underway, there's lots of movement in this week's baseball rankings. Corpus Christi continues to dominate the scene, with CC Carroll and Calallen both rolling to undefeated starts behind strong offensive showings.

Meanwhile, S.A. Churchill debuted at No. 4 in the local rankings and No. 21 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after handing nationally ranked Westlake its first loss of the season.

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

1. Carroll (Corpus Christi) 10-0 (1)
With Courtney Hawkins continuing to dominate at the plate and Josh Cruz leading the team in RBIs, the Tigers continue to roll.

2. Calallen (Corpus Christi) 15-0 (2)
Wildcats won their three games last week with ease, posting two shutouts and outscoring opponents 24-2. Lee Gonzalez leads the team with a .579 average.

3. Plano West 11-1 (5)
The Wolves showed their offensive firepower in a 12-4 win against Plainview, hitting six doubles to go with a Billy McKinney home run.

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Nos. 1 and 2 fall in Friday night showdowns

February, 11, 2012
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POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 Southlake Carroll (Southlake, Texas) and No. 2 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) entered Friday night's matches with perfect records. However, by night's end neither were alone in first place in their districts.

Carroll lost to No. 11 Coppell (Texas) 1-0 while Nicole Smith's two goals carried No. 12 Plano West (Plano, Texas) over Marcus 2-1. The results will mean a new POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 team when the next rankings are released Tuesday.
After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

Opponents have been in double trouble this season when they face off against Fort Bend Travis. Twin junior guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison have created problems on both ends of the floor, with Aaron taking care of the scoring (team-high 18.2 ppg) and Andrew doing a little of both (11.8 ppg, 5.7 apg) for the Tigers.

With eight straight wins, including a victory against No. 8 Bush to complete the season sweep, the Tigers have earned a spot in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings at No. 44.

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

1. Grace Prep (Arlington) 17-2 (1)
Lions have had their way of late, easily beating Fort Worth Christian and Pantego Christian. Jordan Mickey had 19 points in the win against FWC.

2. Marcus (Flower Mound) 27-2 (2)
The Marauders showed their mettle in a win against a strong Plano West squad. Phil Forte led the way with 22 points while Marcus Smart added 14. Next up: road games against Allen and Lewisville.

3. Prestonwood Christian (Plano) 19-4 (3)
Mickey Mitchell and Julius Randle were dominant in wins against Trinity Christian and John Paul II. Mitchell dropped 24 points against Trinity while Randle had 21 in each contest.

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Allen vs. FM Marcus, Steele vs. Judson highlight Week 8 Texas football

October, 20, 2011
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After a relatively normal week of Texas football, plenty of fireworks could take place in some big weekend showdowns.

Let's start with the state's top team, 7-0 Allen, which battles a surging FM Marcus squad (7-0) that's reached No. 14 in the rankings. Both teams are coming off cardiac wins. Allen needed 13 points in the fourth quarter to complete a come-from-behind, 40-28 win against Plano West. Likewise, if not for a 14-yard touchdown run by Jeff Smiley with 24 seconds left, Marcus wouldn't have escaped with a 28-24 victory against Plano.

Offense won't be a problem for either team. Allen boasts quarterback Alec Morris (five total TDs last week) and has benefited from the return of tailback Jonathan Williams. On the other side, Smiley paced the Marauders last week with 103 rushing yards and three scores.

One team will leave the field with its first loss and the X-factor will be the Marcus defense, which has struggled of late, allowing an average of 36.3 points in its last three games against high-powered offenses.
My pick: Allen 42, FM Marcus 31

No. 7 Steele (7-0) at No. 23 Judson (6-1)
It's been 20 games since Steele lost a game, and with the way quarterback Tommy Armstrong has been playing, the defending Class 5A, Division II champs seemed primed for another title run. The Nebraska commit had five touchdowns (three passing, two scoring) in last week's win against New Braunfels.

But the Knights will enter a hostile environment Thursday night when they travel to face Judson. After falling to Wagner, the Rockets got back to their winning ways last week with a 45-6 victory against Seguin. RB Quaylon Jones serves as the Rockets' sparkplug, as he had 170 yards and two scores last week.

Whether Judson can stop Armstrong from opening up the field with his dual threat will be key in deciding this District 25-5A showdown.
My pick: Steele 35, Judson 27

No. 9 Southlake Carroll (7-0) at Keller Central (6-1)
An upstart Fossil Ridge squad that nearly knocked off Southlake Carroll handed Keller Central its first loss of the season last week, leaving the Chargers in search of redemption entering this week's big Division 7-5A matchup.

The quarterbacks and top receivers for each squad will be the focus in this contest. For Southlake Carroll, Kenny Hill can make plays with his arm (1,584 passing yards and 13 TDs) and legs (nine rushing scores), but he's most proficient when hooking up with WR/DB Sabian Holmes through the air. The senior wideout has 584 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Holmes will also likely be lined up against Keller Central's top WR, Zach Sanchez, who has 28 catches, 769 yards and eight TDs. The Dragons defense will be tasked with slowing down Central QB Tanner Tausch, one of the area's top gunslingers with 1,445 yards, 15 scores and just three picks.

Southlake Carroll's defense was stout last week against Coppell, allowing just 10 points, and a similar effort will be needed versus Keller Central's slew of weapons.
My pick: Southlake Carroll 27, Keller Central 20

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

Week 8 Texas football rankings remain steady as big contests loom

October, 17, 2011
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Results as of Saturday, Oct. 15.

With few upsets in Week 7, there was very little movement in the state rankings. But that could change this week. Three Week 8 games pit Top 25 teams against each other in district contests.

Heading the list, No. 1 Allen visits No. 14 Marcus (Flower Mound). Both teams are 7-0 and the winner will take command of the contentious District 8-5A race in North Texas.

San Antonio area powers Steele (Cibolo) and Judson (Converse) meet in a District 25-5A showdown on Thursday night. No. 7 Steele (7-0), the defending Class 5A Division II state champion, has won 20 games in a row, dating back to the third game of the 2010 season. No. 23 Judson (6-1), has a rich tradition, having won six state championship titles.

Debuting in the rankings this week at No. 25 is Mansfield. The Tigers are 7-0 for the first time in 41 years and will host No. 24 Cedar Hill (5-2) with the District 5-5A lead at stake. Cedar Hill’s losses have come at the hands of Allen and No. 5 DeSoto.

Nationally, Southlake Carroll is now knocking on the POWERADE FAB 50 doorstep, as the Dragons received votes for the first time this season.

Here's this week's top 25 (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Allen 7-0 (1)
The Eagles survived a scare for the second straight week, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter of a come-from-behind 40-28 triumph over 4-3 Plano West (Plano). Alabama-bound quarterback Alec Morris, who threw for four scores, put Allen ahead with an 18-yard touchdown run. Next is a road showdown with 7-0 Marcus (Flower Mound) for the District 8-5A lead on Friday.

2. Katy 7-0 (2)
The Tigers took care of business quickly, reeling off five touchdowns in the first 14 minutes of a 52-0 pasting of 1-6 Mayde Creek (Houston). Quarterback Brooks Haack threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another. On Friday, the Tigers face 5-2 Memorial (Houston).

3. Euless Trinity 8-0 (3)
The Trojans took command early with 42 points in the first 13 minutes of a 49-9 sinking of 2-5 Nimitz (Irving). On Friday, Trinity goes for its 26th consecutive regular season win at 4-3 Grapevine.

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Five teams nearly lose in Week 7 Texas football rankings

October, 10, 2011
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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).

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