By Grant Smith
The undefeated John Curtis Patriots top this week's rankings after a huge 72-12 over Landry-Walker.
They face a tough test next week against number No. 13 St. Augustine, one of six Top 20 matchups this Friday.
Other notable upcoming matchups include St. Thomas More vs. Neville, Catholic vs. Edna Karr, Brother Martin vs. Jesuit, Evangel vs. West Monroe and Rummel vs. Ruston.
Last year's Division II champion University Lab looks to get back on track this week after back-to-back loses against Neville and Catholic (B.R.). Haughton, alma mater of Dak Prescott, continues to move up the rankings after a strong 3-0 start to the season.
LHSAA Top 20
- 1. John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
- 2. St. Thomas More (Lafayette)
- 3. Edna Karr (New Orleans)
- 4. Neville (Monroe)
- 5. West Monroe (West Monroe)
- 6. Catholic (Baton Rouge)
- 7. Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
- 8. Acadiana (Lafayette)
- 9. Destrehan (Destrehan)
- 10. Hahnville (Boutte)
- 11. Haughton (Haughton)
- 12. Notre Dame (Crowley)
- 13. St. Augustine (New Orleans)
- 14. Brother Martin (New Orleans)
- 15. Zachary (Zachary)
- 16. Bastrop (Bastrop)
- 17. Ruston (Ruston)
- 18. University Lab (Baton Rouge)
- 19. Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport)
- 20. Jesuit (New Orleans)
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Week 4 concluded with some great performances. Below are this week's nominees.
Week 4 nominees:
QB Dillon Markiewicz (McKinney North): 19-24 passing, 373 yds, 4 TDs
QB Gunner Hammond (Cleburne): 16-22 passing, 363 yds, 4 TDs
RB Jalil Brown (South Garland): 23 rush, 373 yds, 2 TDs; 1 rec, 16 yds
RB Mike Brown (Sherman): 19 rush, 191 yards; 2 rec, 8 yds
WR Hayden Metcalf (Prosper): 8 rec, 170 yards, 2 TDs
QB Kris Sims (Arlington): 17-22 passing, 246 yds, 5 TDs; 11 rush, 89 yds
QB Braedyn Locke (Rockwall): 17-31 passing, 342 yds, 6 TDs
RB Devantae Knowlton (Carrollton Prince of Peace): 20 rush, 347 yds, 5 TDs
RB Shawn Hodge (Dallas Spruce): 25 rush, 221 yds, 6 TDs
WR Ben Smith (Highland Park): 9 rec, 234 yds, 3 TDs
VOTING ENDS NOON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.
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Despite a number of teams on byes this week, there were plenty of intriguing notes to come out of Week 4 - as is the case each week. That's the beauty of Texas high school football: everything that is known can dramatically change the next week.
Reader note: The notes below are for the most previous week only and are not meant to be applied the rest of the year.
The Real Season Begins (For Most)
It's finally time for the next portion of the season to begin - district. At least for most teams, as there were a lot of teams on byes in Week 4, so now we essentially get nothing but district games from here on out until the playoffs. This is where anything can happen and district champion predictions can be rendered to absolutely trash.
FW All Saints Will Win TAPPS
We didn't have All Saints ranked in our Top 10 last week, and that will certainly change this week after knocking off No. 1 Parish Episcopal. All Saints has done nothing but win this week and are legitimate contenders to win state now after the big upset win.
Braedyn Locke Will Be No. 1
The Rockwall quarterback certainly benefits for having the best WR in the state (Jaxon Smith-Njigba) to throw to each week, but Braedyn Lockeis does a solid job of getting other teams involved as well. After seeing his stats through four games - as a sophomore - and seeing him in person, I'm willing to say Locke will be the No. 1 QB in the state by the time he graduates in 2022.
In watching Rockwall-Heath and McKinney North on Thursday, I came away highly impressed with Emanuel Fincher's game. Fincher played extremely smart in rushing the ball, waiting for holes to develop, being shifty with his feet to avoid the first defender and runs really strong for someone just 5'9 and 200 pounds. He leads the 5A area in rush attempts, yards and tied for the TD lead, and he'll be a fine addition to any university he commits to, if that's in the cards for him.
Lastly, the weekly prediction record was 17-7 (70.8 percent), bringing the yearly overall record to 66-26 (71.7 percent). The biggest misses were Pilot Point against Gunter and North Dallas against Life Oak Cliff.
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