Countdown to kickoff: Grapevine Mustangs

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Texas AP preseason high school football poll

The Associated Press preseason high school rankings, with first-place votes in parentheses, last year’s records courtesy of Texas Football magazine, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in the final regular-season poll of 2013:

Class 6A

School2013.Pts.Pvs.
1. Allen (15)16-02311
2. Katy (5)15-12083
3. Cedar Hill (5)14-2204
4. DeSoto14-11722
5. Euless Trinity11-3119
6. Southlake Carroll11-21058
7. Denton Guyer14-2794A 7
8. Cibolo Steele12-2757
9. Lake Travis12-268
10. Pearland14-233

Others receiving votes: 11, Dallas Skyline 21. 12, Galena Park North Shore 18. 13, Manvel 15. 14, SA Northside Brennan 13. 15, Coppell 6. 16, Arlington Martin 3. 17, Wolfforth Frenship 2. 18, Arlington Bowie 1. 18, Converse Judson 1. 18, Spring Westfield 1.

Staff writer Eric Zarate’s votes: 1, Allen; 2, Cedar Hill; 3, DeSoto; 4, Katy; 5, Euless Trinity; 6, Southlake Carroll; 7, Cibolo Steele; 8, Denton Guyer; 9, Lake Travis; 10, Arlington Martin.

Class 5A

School2013Pts.Pvs.
1. Aledo (17)16-02271
2. Ennis (4)14-1189
3. Longview (1)11-2184
4. A&M Consol. (3)10-3162
5. Cedar Park11-21348
6. Brenham14-2107
7. Temple7-497
8. Tyler7-450
9. R’mond Grge. Ranch13-146
10. Man. Timberview8-440

Others receiving votes: 11, Abilene Cooper 30. 12, Dallas South Oak Cliff 20. 12, Mesquite Poteet 20. 14, Lufkin 18. 15, Wylie 9. 16, Birdville 6. 16, Rockwall-Heath 6. 18, West Mesquite 5. 18, Elgin 5. 18, CC Calallen 5. 21, Lucas Lovejoy 4. 22, Mansfield Summit 3. 22, McKinney North 3. 24, Frisco 2. 25, Georgetown 1. 25, Houston Stratford 1. 25, CC Flour Bluff 1.

Staff writer Eric Zarate’s votes: 1, Aledo; 2, Ennis; 3, Temple; 4, Longview; 5, A&M Consolidated; 6, Cedar Park; 7, Tyler; 8, Mansfield Timberview; 9, Richmond George Ranch; 10, Birdville.

Class 4A

School2013Pts.Pvs.
1. Stephenville (14)12-22265
2. Navasota (4)10-21889
3. Graham (1)14-11343
4. Carthage15-11317
5. La Marque (2)8-4127
6. Argyle (3)16-01251
7. W. Orange-Stark11-298
T8. Gilmer (1)11-2804
T8. Kilgore14-1802
10. Celina9-270

Others receiving votes: 11, La Vernia 38. 12, La Grange 18. 13, Liberty Hill 17. 14, Tyler Chapel Hill 10. 15, Fairfield 9. 16, Gladewater 8. 17, Sinton 7. 18, Kennedale 4. 19, Big Spring 2. 20, Abilene Wylie 1. 20, Coldspring-Oakhurst 1. 20, Tatum 1.

Staff writer Eric Zarate’s votes: 1, Stephenville; 2, Navasota; 3, Graham; 4, Carthage; 5, Argyle; 6, Kilgore; 7, Gilmer; 8, West Orange-Stark; 9, La Vernia; 10, Kennedale.

Class 3A

School2013Pts.Pvs.
1. Cisco (6)16-02135
2. Hallettsville (11)13-11837
3. Cameron Yoe (4)15-11748
4. Waskom (4)14-1167
5. Newton12-11252
6. Wall15-11113
7. New Boston13-2110
T8. Daingerfield7-479
T8. Franklin13-1796
10. Rockdale9-543

Others receiving votes: 11, Rogers 30. 12, East Bernard 14. 12, Corrigan-Camden 14. 14, Sonora 10. 15, Kirbyville 5. 15, White Oak 5. 17, Teague 3. 18, Malakoff 2. 18, Gunter 2. 18, Arp 2. 18, Pottsboro 2. 22, Eastland 1. 22, Glen Rose 1.

Staff writer Eric Zarate’s votes: 1, Cisco; 2, Daingerfield; 3, Waskom; 4, Cameron Yoe; 5, Newton; 6, Wall; 7, New Boston; 8, Rockdale; 9, Hallettsville; 10, Glen Rose.

Class 2A

School2013Pts.Pvs.
1. Refugio (12)14-22322A 9
2. Mart (11)10-4221
3. Tenaha (2)11-21603
4. Albany13-11308
5. Hico13-2108
6. Canadian11-297
7. Bremond12-19110
8. Centerville11-288
9. Shiner11-462
10. Falls City14-1584

Others receiving votes: 11, Crawford 20. 12, Stamford 18. 13, Mason 17. 14, Stratford 15. 15, Chilton 13. 16, Seagraves 11. 17, Goldthwaite 7. 17, Wellington 7. 19, Iraan 5. 19, Muenster 5. 21, Alto 3. 21, Booker 3. 23, Hamlin 2. 24, New Deal 1. 24, Pineland West Sabine 1.

Staff writer Eric Zarate’s votes: 1, Refugio; 2, Albany; 3, Mart; 4, Bremond; 5, Tenaha; 6, Hico; 7, Falls City; 8, Canadian; 9, Stamford; 10, Muenster.

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Grapevine

District 6-5A

Last season: 1-9 (1-6 in District 6-5A)

Key players: QB Sam Barry (6-3, 185), LB Ethan Neill (5-8, 190), LB Blake McCarroll (5-10, 205)

The big picture: Despite a forgettable one-win season last year, things are trending up for Grapevine before a single game has been played. New head coach Randy Jackson, who turned around a bleak Mesquite Poteet program in just one season, has already taken steps to spark new life into the Mustangs’ program. His motto rings true with the type of player Grapevine features this season — “Tough People Win.” Grapevine may not have the skilled personnel of other teams, but Jackson hopes his team will outwork and be tougher than opponents, attributes that he said can neutralize skill or speed. With “TPW” adorned on most all articles of the uniform, the team has rallied together with a newfound bond and respect for the new coaching staff, senior linebacker Blake McCarroll said. On offense, Jackson inherits a quarterback in senior Air Force commit Sam Barry, who threw for 540 yards and three touchdowns while splitting the season with graduated senior Adam Sandy last year. Barry also finished the season as Grapevine’s leading rusher, carrying 125 times for 608 yards and 13 touchdowns. On defense, Jackson has strong leaders at linebacker in Ethan Neill and McCarroll, who say they fit well into the new defensive system that features more action and more plays. With all that positive momentum, Grapevine drops down a classification and into District 6-5A, which includes Fort Worth schools and could help with a rapid turnaround.

Notable: This season will mark the 10th year Jackson has used his motto “Tough People Win with one of his programs, going back to his years as coach at Lone Oak. Grapevine has one playoff appearance (2011) in the past four years.

Quotable

“We’re going to be as good as we can be here. This gives you a chance to overachieve when you have that many coaches working with your freshmen. Two or three years in now, there won’t be any excuses for them totally understanding our system.” — coach Randy Jackson on his new program

“We’re coming off of 1-9, so we have full faith in Coach Jackson. We’re really buying in.” — senior linebacker Ethan Neill

— Travis L. Brown

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