There are some huge storylines entering this week's play on the Houston high school gridirons.
1. KATY ISD BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE
It's the battle for District 19-6A as Katy faces Tompkins on Thursday night on the KUBE Game of the Week. It was a BATTLE last year. Katy is coming off a huge win over Dickinson and Tompkins is undefeated entering the contest. Something has to give.
Sure, Fort Bend Marshall is known for its offense. But the defense has been on full flex-mode this fall. The Buffs are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 239-0.
3. The "Mark Schmid Bowl"
I can't remember Oak Ridge being ranked in VYPE's Top 20 and The Woodlands not ranked. Mark Schmid took The Woodlands to a state title game. He was a Highlander lifer. He resigned and AD Danny Long asked him to come back and take over the down-trodden War Eagles a few years later. He took the job and is now leading Oak Ridge to new heights. But can he get that signature win over his former team?
4. No. 1 vs No. 2
Foster has been roasting opponents to give them the No. 1 ranking. Katy Paetow? Who? They are No. 2 and face Foster. We will find out very quickly if they are ready for Foster and the big stage. Foster flies past Paetow.
5. The Newcomers
Welcome Memorial, CE King, Oak Ridge and Willowridge back to the rankings. Memorial faces No. 4 Cy-Fair and Oak Ridge faces The Woodlands. Can they stay relevant against the big boys?
VYPE Class 6A Top 20
No. 1 North Shore Mustangs (6-0) Defeated Humble 55-6; Next Up Kingwood
No. 2 Katy Tigers (4-0) Beat Dickinson 49-7; Next Up Tompkins
No. 3 Bridgeland Bears (6-0) Defeated Cy Park 62-20; Next Up Cy Springs
No. 4 Cy-Fair Bobcats (6-0) Defeated Northbrook 80-0; Next Up Memorial
No. 5 Tomball Memorial Wildcats (6-0) Defeated Klein 29-14; BYE
No. 6 Spring Lions (5-0) Beat Davis 50-6; Bye
No. 7 Pearland Dawson Eagles (6-0) Defeated Strake Jesuit 50-7; Next Up Alvin
No. 8 Pasadena Dobie Longhorns (5-0) Defeated Pasadena 62-0; Next Up Deer Park
No. 9 Katy Tompkins Falcons (5-0) Defeated Morton Ranch 48-0; Next Up No. 2 Katy
No. 10 Westfield Mustangs (3-1) Beat MacArthur 65-0, Next Up Nimitz
No. 11 Atascocita Eagles (2-1) Defeated Kingwood 48-10; Next Up Summer Creek
No. 12. Katy Taylor Mustangs (5-1) Mayde Creek 56-2; Next Up Cinco Ranch
No. 13 CE King Panthers (5-1) Beat Summer Creek 49-14; Bye
No. 14. Klein Oak (2-1) DNP; Up Next Tomball
No. 15 Shadow Creek Sharks (2-2) Defeated Alvin 51-0; Next Up Elsik
No. 16 Pearland Oilers (5-1) Defeated Alief Taylor 26-7; Next Up Hastings
No. 17 Clear Springs (4-2) Defeated Clear Creek 33-7; Next Up Brazoswood
No. 18 Dickinson Gators (2-1) Lost to Katy 49-7; Up Next Clear Brook
No. 19 Memorial Mustangs (5-1) Beat Stratford 17-10; Next Up Cy-Fair
No. 20 Oak Ridge War Eagles (4-1) Beat Conroe 38-14; Next Up The Woodlands
Others to Watch: College Park, Heights
VYPE 5A Top 10
No. 1 Foster Falcons (4-0) Defeated Kempner 41-0; Up Next Paetow
No. 2 Katy Paetow Panthers (5-0) Defeated Terry 45-0; Next Up Foster
No. 3 Fort Bend Marshall Buffs (5-0) Defeated Sharpstown 62-0; Next Up Austin
No. 4 Manvel Mavericks (3-1) DNP; Next Up Hightower
No. 5 Magnolia Bulldogs (5-1) Defeated Caney Creek 56-0; Next Waller
No. 6 Fort Bend Hightower (3-2) Beat Angleton 65-45; Up Next Manvel
No. 7 Lake Creek (5-1) Defeated Rudder 61-27; Next Up A&M Consolidated
No. 8 Magnolia West (5-1) Defeated Waller 56-28; Open
No. 9 La Porte (3-1) Bye; Next Up Friendswood
No. 10 Willowridge (5-0) Beat Austin 36-28; Bye
It was a weekend full of interesting games.
So, what happened you ask?
The biggest upset was Katy Tompkins blanking No. 4 Katy Taylor 28-0 to remain undefeated.
Bridgeland is now the king of Cy-Fair ISD with an easy win over Cypress Ranch. Cy-Fair is lurking in the other CFISD district, however, and they do play each other.
Tomball Memorial continues to break scoreboards hanging 64 this weekend over Klein Cain. Staying in Klein... Oak slammed Klein Collins to move into the rankings. Shadow Creek got its first-ever Class 6A win over Stake Jesuit.
Welcome to the rankings Clear Springs and Cy Park. It's the first time ever Cy Park has been ranked in its short history.
THE BIG MOVERS
VYPE Class 6A Top 20
No. 1 North Shore Mustangs (5-0) Defeated West Brook 55-14; Next up Humble
No. 2 Katy Tigers (3-0) DNP; Next Up Dickinson
No. 3 Bridgeland Bears (5-0) Defeated Cy Ranch 29-17; Next Up Cy Park
No. 4 Cy-Fair Bobcats (5-0) Defeated Jersey Village 56-21; Next Up Northbrook
No. 5 Tomball Memorial Wildcats (5-0) Defeated Klein Cain 64-49; Next Up Klein
No. 6 Spring Lions (4-0) Eisenhower 49-2; Next Up Davis
No. 7 Pearland Dawson Eagles (5-0) Defeated Alief Taylor 39-0; Up Next Strake Jesuit
No. 8 Pasadena Dobie Longhorns (4-0) Defeated South Houston 48-7; Next Up Pasadena
No. 9 Katy Tompkins Falcons (4-0) Defeated Katy Taylor 28-0; Next Up Morton Ranch
No. 10 Westfield Mustangs (2-1) Bye; Next Up MacArthur
No. 11 Atascocita Eagles (1-1) Defeated Humble 66-0; Next Up Kingwood
No. 12 Klein Oak (2-1) Defeated Klein Collins 26-0; Open
No. 13 Dickinson Gators (2-0) Defeated Brazoswood 59-0; Up Next Katy
No. 14 Katy Taylor Mustangs (4-1) Lost to Tompkins 28-0; Next Up Mayde Creek
No. 15 Grand Oaks Grizzlies (4-0) DNP; Up Next College Park
No. 16 Shadow Creek Sharks (1-2) Defeated Strake Jesuit 33-0; Up Next Alvin
No. 17 Pearland Oilers (4-1) Defeated Elsik 42-13; Up Next Alief Taylor
No. 18 Clear Springs (3-2) Defeated Clear Falls 27-14; Up Next Clear Creek
No. 19 Cy Park (4-1) Defeated Cypress Falls 61-41; Up Next Bridgeland
No. 20 Mayde Creek Rams (3-1) DNP; Next Up Katy Taylor
Others to Watch: College Park, Oak Ridge, Tomball