First Preseason Associated Press Polls Released; Traditional Powers Remain On Top

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The first state rankings from the Associated Press were released on Monday and there are several familiar names on top of the rankings. Here’s are the full polls starting from Class 6A to Class 2A. First-place votes are in parentheses, with points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Class 6A

1. Allen (8) 211

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2. Katy (5) 201

3. DeSoto (3) 170

4. Converse Judson (5) 169

5. Cibolo Steele (1) 160

6. Lake Travis (2) 136

7. Austin Westlake (1) 119

8. Cedar Hill 83

9. The Woodlands 63

10. Galena Park North Shore 22

Others receiving votes: 11, Spring Westfield 8. 12, Klein Collins 7. 12, Coppell 7. 14, Southlake Carroll 4. 14, Pearland 4. 16, Tyler 3. 17, Beaumont West Brook 2. 17, Mansfield 2. 17, Katy Cinco Ranch 2. 20, Denton Guyer 1. 20, San Benito 1.

Summary: There are no real surprises in the Top 10 of Class 6A but definitely a lot of intriguing teams. Allen starts off on top but the two defending state champions in DeSoto and Lake Travis lurk close behind.

Class 5A

1. Manvel (8) 223

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2. Aledo (14) 218

3. Highland Park (1) 162

4. Temple 152

5. Cedar Park (1) 140

6. Denton Ryan 99

7. Corpus Christi Calallen 99

8. Fort Bend Marshall (1) 96

9. College Station 60

10. Lancaster 52

Others receiving votes: 11, Richmond Foster 23. 12, Mansfield Legacy 12. 13, Angleton 8. 14, Mesquite Poteet 7. 15, Port Neches-Groves 5. 15, Colleyville Heritage 5. 17, Port Arthur Memorial 4. 18, Dripping Springs 3. 19, A&M Consolidated 2. 19, Mansfield Lake Ridge 2. 21, Texarkana Texas 1. 21, N. Richland Hills 1. 21, Lubbock Coronado 1.

Summary: The Manvel Mavericks and Aledo Bearcats enter as favorites to win state titles in 2017, but there are a number of teams that show promise this season. Can Fort Bend Marshall or College Station break through after deep playoff runs or could a team from outside the Top 10 such as Lubbock Coronado crash the party?

Class 4A

1. Carthage (18) 235

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2. Gilmer (4) 197

3. West Orange-Stark (2) 178

4. Argyle (1) 162

5. Waco La Vega 148

6. Cuero 104

7. Celina 88

8. Kennedale 77

9. Abilene Wylie 58

10. China Spring 41

Others receiving votes: 11, Midlothian Heritage 36. 12, Giddings 15. 13, Van 12. 14, Kilgore 7. 15, Sweetwater 6. 15, Wimberley 6. 17, Monahans 2. 18, Sinton 1. 18, El Campo 1. 18, Henderson 1.

Summary: The top two teams in Class 4A hail from East Texas and will meet in late September for what should be an epic showdown. West Orange-Stark looks to be just as dominant as they were a year ago. Look out for fast rising Midlothian Heritage as well.

Class 3A

1. Cameron Yoe (12) 223

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2. Brock (3) 184

3. Gunter (4) 156

4. Hallettsville (2) 136

5. Lexington (2) 113

6. Yoakum (1) 108

7. Newton (1) 102

8. East Bernard 89

9. Wall 69

10. Malakoff 62

Others receiving votes: 11, Canadian 57. 12, Teague 15. 13, Rockdale 14. 14, Mineola 11. 14, Arp 11. 16, Jefferson 7. 17, Sonora 6. 18, New London West Rusk 4. 19, Franklin 2. 19, Big Sandy Harmony 2. 19, Woodville 2. 22, Crockett 1. 22, Pottsboro 1.

Summary: Cameron Yoe starts off on top in Class 3A but there are a number of teams that could have a say in the state title run. Gunter will look to defend a state title, while Mineola must reload after graduating a special class of seniors.

Class 2A

1. Refugio (11) 213

December 15, 2016 – Texas UIL 3A Div. I State Championship game between Crawford and Refugio at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Image Credit: Joseph Nguyen/texashsfootball.com)

2. Tenaha (9) 211

3. Mart (3) 194

4. Bremond (2) 174

5. Crawford 152

6. Mason 105

7. Muenster 70

8. Albany 62

9. Abernathy 49

10. Wellington 38

Others receiving votes: 11, Iraan 31. 12, Burton 20. 13, Shiner 18. 14, De Leon 15. 15, Centerville 9. 16, Groveton 4. 16, San Augustine 4. 18, Munday 2. 18, Evadale 2. 20, Falls City 1. 20, Alto 1.

Summary: After coming through to win another state title, the Refugio Bobcats start off as the top team in Class 2A. Meanwhile, Bremond begins life without Roshauud Paul and Tenaha looks to break through after coming so close a year ago.

 

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Harry Wellman
Harry Wellman
3 years ago

How do rate the teams.

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