Not much shakeup in the top half of our 5A Big Ten following Week 1… here’s our Mother’s Window Tint 5A Big Ten leading into Week 2 competition.
Some ranking insights…
CEDAR PARK (1-0) The reigning 5A Division II State champs notched an impressive 43-13 road win at Waco Midway last week; there’s little doubt they’ll win 13+ games this year, with a 4th state final trip in 5 years seemingly evident.
GEORGETOWN (1-0) QB Chandler Herman is proving to be the Eagles’ best QB since current-A&M darling Jake Hubenak. His 5 TD, 465 yard performance against Ft. Worth Brewer at Baylor’s McLane Stadium in Week 1 could foreshadow what’s in store for the Eagle senior. With an improved defense (Brandon Hawkins, Matt May), the sky’s the limit.
HUTTO (1-0) Playing a sophomore from the jump, all Chase Griffin did was throw 5 TDs in his Varsity debut. With future DI DL Ondario Robinson also playing offense this year, the Hippos are sneaky good, demolishing Bryan last week, 59-28.
DRIPPING SPRINGS (1-0) Most critics questioned our decision to start the Tigers out at #4 – but they made us look like geniuses by trouncing a talented Bastrop team, 43-6 on the road. The seniors playing now were starting as freshmen/sophomores in one of the state’s toughest districts (25-5A) just 2 years ago… that fruit has come to bear now.
ROUSE (1-0) Following a state semifinal appearance in 2012, the Raiders have been trying to get back to good. Last week was a strong step in the right direction, overcoming an early 14-0 deficit to beat Manor by a final score of 44-21.
LBJ (1-0) You could argue the Jaguars belong at 5 or 4… the fashion in which they beat Waco University last Saturday (46-7), coupled with the fact that this is physically one of their biggest, strongest squads – we may see LBJ make a run similar to their 2014 quarterfinal showing. Week 2’s matchup with 6A Bowie is a huge test.
MCCALLUM (1-0) The Baby Knights are growing up, but still young. Beating Anderson 27-21 last week in the Taco Shack Bowl, they ended a two-year skid in the series. Lehman won’t likely be much of a test this Thursday, but we could be witnessing the emergence of RB Andre Blakemore and QB Max Perez.
CONNALLY (1-0) The Cougars dropped an impressive 45 points on a decent Lockhart team to start the season with a win for the first time in 4 years. Going back to 2015, the Cougars have won 3 of their last 4 games, signaling major improvement under former Stony Point and McCallum coach Jason Cecil.
EAST VIEW (0-1) The Patriots may have dropped their opener to Hays, but led before a prolonged rain delay. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, with major potential at the skill positions (QB Nowell, RB Davis, WR Maldonado, ATH Klinger). Their 25-5A experience from the past two years certainly has them ready for anything.
BASTROP (0-1) A lukewarm showing for the Bears in their opener against Dripping Springs has soured our original expectations, but this is too deep a program to drop out of the Big Ten in favor of another Austin-area team. Seniors grace nearly all 22 starting spots for Coach Patmon’s Bears, with their best football still ahead. That being said… scoring only 6 points in Week 1 is cause for concern.