By Grant Smith and Ethan MaCloud
After a wild week six, Westgate High School has arrived in the Top 20. They edged out St. Thomas More in a thriller, 24-21, behind the performance of star WR Kayshon Boutte. With their second straight loss, St. Thomas More continues to slide down our rankings.
After also losing last week, Destrehan, East Ascension, and St. Augustine fall out of the Top 20. St. Augustine has a tough road ahead thanks to the controversial firing of their head coach and daunting district schedule.
The top seven teams remain unbeaten along with Dutchtown, 2A Notre Dame and 2A Isidore Newman. Leading Newman to their 6-0 start has been a freshman quarterback with a familiar last name. Arch Manning, son of Cooper and grandson of Archie, continues to have an outstanding season drawing comparisons to his uncles.
Another New Orleans area undefeated team, Rummel, has still not given up a touchdown on the season. However, they will face a strong Holy Cross team on Friday.
VYPE Top 20
- John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
- Catholic (Baton Rouge)
- Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
- West Monroe (West Monroe)
- Acadiana (Lafayette)
- Hahnville (Boutte)
- St. James (St. James)
- Edna Karr (New Orleans)
- St. Thomas More (Lafayette)
- Notre Dame (Crowley)
- Haughton (Haughton)
- Neville (Monroe)
- Westgate (New Iberia)
- Zachary (Zachary)
- Brother Martin (New Orleans)
- Dutchtown (Geismar)
- University Lab (Baton Rouge)
- Bastrop (Bastrop)
- Mandeville (Mandeville)
- Isidore Newman (New Orleans)
A good mix of stand outs this week, including our reigning Fan Fav Offensive Player of the Week.
Week 7 nominees:
QB Oliver Towns (Plano): 13-18 passing, 311 yards, 5 TDs
QB Zach Mundell (Arlington Mundell): 8-12 passing, 147 yards, 2 TDs; 6 rush, 143 yards, 3 TDs
WR Jack Loftus (Episcopal School of Dallas): 17 receptions, 168 yards, 1 TD
RB Emeka Megwa (Fort Worth Nolan): 21 rush, 233 yards, 4 TDs; 1 reception, 64 yards, 1 TD
RB Colby Sampson (Alvarado): 34 rush, 247 yards, 5 TDs
RB Mark Saunders (Grapevine Faith): 24 rush, 250 yards, 3 TDs; 2 receptions, 16 yards
QB Kaidon Salter (Cedar Hill): 17-21 passing, 283 yards, 2 TDs; 8 rush, 33 yards, 2 TDs
QB Brendon Lewis (Melissa): 12-16 passing, 235 yards, 4 TDs; 10 rush, 80 yards, 1 TD
RB DeQuan Landon (Richardson Pearce): 19 rush, 251 yards, 3 TDs; 2 receptions, 26 yards
WR Wills Meyer (Southlake Carroll): 10 receptions, 197 yards, 3 TDs; 1 rush, 19 yards
VOTING ENDS NOON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17.
That was a classic Week 6 in Texas high school football...am I right? Lots of interesting story lines, but here are the most interesting.
And as a reminder, these opinions are meant to be held within this singular moment in time and not carry over each week.
A lot of credit to both Haltom and Dallas Jesuit in their wins over ranked 6A teams in Euless Trinity and Prosper. For the second year in a row, Haltom took down Trinity, which is surprising because this isn't nearly the same Haltom team from a year ago that took the Metroplex by storm on the way to a 13-1 record. To see Prosper go down against Jesuit the way it did is confusing because the defense has been what has carried this team this year.
2 Losses in a Day
It seems Frisco Independence isn't quite there yet to mix with the top tier of 5A teams, as evident by the 63-14 loss to Frisco Lone Star. What makes matters worse is suffering a second loss that day after it self reported using an ineligible player in its game over Frisco Heritage. Now, Independence is toward the bottom of District 5-5A DI standings with five games left instead of being in third. Independence has Wakeland, Little Elm and The Colony in the next three weeks, which will make getting into the playoffs very tough.
Chaos in Arlington
Arlington loses to Bowie, Martin is rolling and 4-6A is not what I would have expected at this time of year. We had Martin picked second and Bowie picked fourth, but both sit No. 1 and No. 2 with 3-0 records. With a combined record of 20-4 for the top four in that district, it could be the best district in the area and provide a lot of theatrics with four games left for each.
Big Bounce Back
What a statement bounce-back win for Royse City. A week after falling out of our rankings in a loss to Ennis, Royse City takes down Corsicana in a shutout. It's very easy for teams to go down that rabbit hole after a setback, so for Royse City to show its mettle and win big over our projected district winner is a big statement to put the rest of the district on notice.
District play is killing me! I was 16-8 in my picks this week and the 75 percent picking percentage goal is quickly fading. Oh well...
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