The 5A edition of the Mother’s Window Tint Big Ten, leading into Week 3’s matchups…
1. CEDAR PARK (2-0) Shutting out historically high scoring Vandegrift last week is another notch is the reigning 5A State champions belt. Slay on, T-wolves.
2. TEMPLE (2-0) First, the 28-20 win over Belton. Now the 39-25 win over 6A powerhouse Round Rock. Senior QB Reid Hesse demonstrated pin point accuracy, tossing 4 touchdowns against a stingy Round Rock defensive backfield. Both Zac and Xavier Johnson tallied 125+ receiving yards, while Jy’Quez Webster and Jermiyah Franklin steadied the run game. Congrats to Wildcats DL Taquon Graham, who verbally committed to the UT Longhorns over the weekend.
3. DRIPPING SPRINGS (2-0) The Tigers’ 46-7 win over a Vista Ridge team that went to the State Final Four last year has them leapfrogging an undefeated Georgetown team on our list for 3rd overall. Remember, the Dripping seniors this year beat Cedar Park as sophomores in 2014.
4. GEORGETOWN (2-0) The Eagles have done nothing wrong, with a 40-17 win over Hays last week. If not for the magnified Dripping Springs win, the Eagles would still be at 3. A monster district debut awaits, visiting Hutto.
5. HUTTO (2-0) We felt the Hippos strong point coming into the season was defense. They shined in a Week Two road win over Rudder, as Hutto rolled 41-0. With both sides of the ball clicking, the sky is the limit Coach Van Meter’s kids. A win over Georgetown could vault them to 2.
6. LBJ (1-1) We can’t fault a 5A school for a losing to one of the area’s larger (and talented) 6A programs. The Jaguars stayed competitive in a 28-16 loss to Bowie last week, but impressed fans with their play. This will make Coach Jack’s team tougher, as they are expected to rebound vs. Anderson on Thursday.
7. MCCALLUM (2-0) We can’t quite put the Knights in the Top 5 yet, due to strength of schedule. However, they’ve looked good in wins over Anderson and Lehman – with a quality foe road in Seguin lined up for Week Three.
8. CONNALLY (2-0) Don’t look now, but head coach Jason Cecil is back to his winning ways. The continued emergence of QB Robert Patterson (a Fanstand Week Two Player of the Week nominee) and that signature Cecil-tenacious defense has the Cougars purring.
9. ROUSE (1-1) Valiant effort by the Raiders in a shoot out with Westwood before falling 52-38. But this team is obviously much improved, with Gavin Sharp and Chance Cooper breaking out as big play threats. There’s a ton of youth on this team, with their best days still ahead.
10. EAST VIEW (1-1) The Patriots showed they are stronger on both sides of the ball this year. RB Torrie Davis is breaking out as one of the area’s best RBs, while the young tandem of Donald Walton/Zion Hester leads the young infusion. Toss in Marcus Maldonado ability on the outside, this Patriots team is sneaky good.