A new state-ranked #1 sits atop the 6A Big Ten this week… we present the Mother’s Window Tint 6A Big Ten, the Week 2 edition…
Some insight into the rankings…
WESTLAKE (1-0) Following a 32-29 win over reigning state champ Katy, but with QB Sam Ehlinger expected to sit out a month, the Chaps’ depth/leadership will be tested.
LAKE TRAVIS (0-1) A one-possession loss to state-ranked Judson, but loads of Division I commits and their trip to the state final in 2015 gives the Cavs the benefit of the doubt.
CEDAR RIDGE (1-0) Just how good are these Raiders? The coaching change (Shawn Bell) has been smooth – and their 35-0 shutout of Canyon last week proves they are trending towards being an elite program.
ROUND ROCK (1-0) If QB Mark Reed is going to play this way (10-15 passing, 140 rush yards, 5 total TDs in the 41-35 win over Schertz Clemens), pencil the Dragons in as even contenders for the 13-6A title. A normally stout defense, aside from giving up 35 to Schertz Clemens (featuring USC commit James Lynch), the Dragons could be the most evenly balanced team in 13-6A.
BOWIE (1-0) Credit the defense for pitching a shutout in the opening game… once the new pieces for the Bulldogs offense (Keivon Mayes, Izayiah Santiago) get fully acclimated with QB Wade Smith, watch out for Dawg Pack. The matchup with LBJ this Friday will be an even bigger test.
VISTA RIDGE (1-0) Anyone from 2014-15’s District 25-5A has to be considered a playoff contender – even when that team bumps up to 6A. Fresh off a trip to the state semifinals last December, the Rangers picked up where they left off… beating Flour Bluff 32-7. New QB Jacob Taute (’18) looks to be a proper replacement for Matt Snow. WR Ryan Landrum looks like he’s ready to take the next step – as the defense was stingy in Week 1.
VANDEGRIFT (0-1) The Vipers were two points away from being in our top 5, losing to Permian 21-20 to open their 2016 campaign. Things don’t get easier as they play state champion Cedar Park on Friday, but this program has been to the semifinals and the quarterfinals the past two seasons.
MCNEIL (1-0) Add a top flight QB like Parker McNeil (the starter at Leander last year) to a bevy of talented skill players (Justin Ward, Chris Dunn) and last week’s domination of Austin High – the Mavs are for real. They scored on every offensive possession in Week 1.
HENDRICKSON (0-0) Mother Nature gave the Hawks a slight delay to their season opener, with last week’s game against Smithson Valley getting canceled. We’ll wait-and-see with this high-ceiling Hawks squad as they face the Tigers of Belton.
BELTON (0-1) A tough but hard-fought loss to state-ranked Temple (28-21) keeps the upstart Tigers in the Big Ten. Iowa commit QB Peyton Mansell and his Tigers have had a history of trouble with the Wildcats. They are still salty good, and expected to make a long playoff run.