Euless Trinity, Southlake Carroll ranked 5-6 in AP poll

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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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Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll, district competitors for the first time, are No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the Class 6A preseason poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Aledo tops the Class 5A poll and Stephenville is No. 1 in 4A.

Trinity and Carroll, which have only met in the playoffs, are in District 7-6A. Cedar Hill and DeSoto, both in 8-6A and potential first-round playoff foes for Trinity and Carroll, are No. 3 and 4, respectively, in the poll.

“It’s really just a tribute to the teams we’ve had in the past,” said Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver, whose 2013 team lost to DeSoto in the fourth round of the playoffs. “I surely do respect the folks that do those polls and how all that comes together, but honestly this season, as coaches, we just kind of rolled our eyes at it.”

Lineweaver said the ranking might be a little high for his storied program, which won 5A titles in 2005, ’07 and ’09, but in 2014 has just eight returning starters — and only three on offense.

“And I’m more worried about our defense,” Lineweaver said. “We’ve got more holes to fill there than we’ve had in a really long time. So we have a bunch of younger players that are going to have to get up to speed quickly on both sides.”

Neither Carroll nor Trinity is foreign to the AP state poll. Both programs show up regularly in the preseason poll or during the regular season. Last season, Carroll was No. 8 in the final state poll, conducted before the UIL playoffs.

In that poll, Cedar Hill received only three votes and wasn’t in the top 10, but the Longhorns went on to win the Class 5A Division II title.

“I know it’s exciting for all the communities, and I know that as competitive as our district is, every week is going to be like the playoffs,” Lineweaver said. “So in that sense, it’s exciting for everyone.”

Back-to-back Class 5A Division I champion Allen tops the Class 6A poll, while Katy is No. 2. Cedar Hill beat Katy last year for the Division II title.

Aledo is coming off a Class 4A (now 5A) state title last season and had an 11th-hour coaching change before opening practice this week. Defensive coordinator Steve Wood was promoted to head coach after Tim Buchanan became Aledo’s full-time athletic director.

Mansfield Timberview is No. 10 in the Class 5A poll.

“I try not to look at those things, but honestly, I think it gives our community a sense of where we are as a program and the direction we’re headed,” Timberview coach James Brown said. “We’re going to find out real quick how good that ranking is when we scrimmage Cedar Hill next week and then open up the season with Ennis.”

Ennis is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A.

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