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Mayde Creek cracks Houston area HS football poll

By Dennis Silva II | Sports Editor
Posted 10/14/20

Mayde Creek joined the Houston area high school football media poll this week as the Rams came in at No. 19 in Class 6A.

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Mayde Creek cracks Houston area HS football poll

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Mayde Creek joined the Houston area high school football media poll this week as the Rams came in at No. 19 in Class 6A.

The Rams’ inclusion makes it five Katy ISD programs who are represented in the polls. Katy High, Taylor, Tompkins and Mayde Creek are ranked in Class 6A; Paetow is ranked in Class 5A.

The rankings, organized by Houston Chronicle high school sports coordinator Adam Coleman, are selected by 12 media voters in the Houston area, representing the Katy Times, Houston Chronicle, Sealy News, Fort Bend Herald, Texan Live, VYPE and the Lone Star Christian Sports Network, among others.

Katy (3-0) remains No. 2 in the Class 6A rankings behind unanimous No. 1 pick North Shore. The Tigers beat Seven Lakes, 59-3, last week to open District 19-6A play and extended their district winning streak to 74 games. Katy plays No. 9 Tompkins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Legacy Stadium.

Taylor (3-0) jumped up one spot to No. 8 following its 31-14 win over Morton Ranch. The Mustangs play Seven Lakes at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium.

Tompkins (3-0) moved up a spot to No. 9. The Falcons topped Cinco Ranch, 55-0, last week and play the Tigers in a much-anticipated game Saturday that could have significant district title implications.

Mayde Creek is 3-0, and its 28-7 win over Dulles last week was enough to put the Rams in the Top 20. Mayde Creek opens its district slate against Cinco Ranch at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rhodes Stadium.

In the Class 5A poll, Paetow (2-0) remained No. 4. The Panthers were idle last week after a COVID-19 case in Lamar Consolidated ISD forced the rescheduling of its district opener against Richmond Foster. Paetow plays Kempner at 7 p.m. Friday at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land.

Here are the official polls for this week:

Class 6A                            Rec.       Pts.        Last week

  1. North Shore (10)         3-0         200        1
  2. Katy                           3-0         190        2
  3. Westfield                      2-0         176        3
  4. Cy-Fair                        3-0         166        4
  5. Bridgeland                   3-0         159        5
  6. Atascocita                    0-1         126        6
  7. Dickinson                     1-0         124        7
  8. Katy Taylor* 3-0         120        9
  9. Tompkins                     3-0         120        10
  10. Shadow Creek           0-2         119        8
  11. Klein Collins               1-1         102        11
  12. Pearland                    3-0         99          12
  13. Tomball Memorial^3-0         86          14
  14. Dawson                      3-0         86          13
  15. Cy Ranch                    2-1         48          16
  16. The Woodlands        1-1         43          15
  17. CE King                        3-0         29          18
  18. Dobie                          3-0         25          20
  19. Mayde Creek             3-0         20          NR
  20. Klein Cain                   1-1         18          19

Also receiving votes: Spring 17, Klein 11, Ridge Point 8, Klein Oak 5, Grand Oaks 2, Clear Springs 1

*—tiebreaker vs. Tompkins

^—tiebreaker vs. Dawson

Class 5A                            Rec.       Pts.        Last week

  1. Manvel (3)                   2-0         92          1
  2. Foster (3)                      1-0         90          2
  3. FB Marshall (4)            2-0         86          3
  4. Paetow                         2-0         63          4
  5. Angleton                      3-0         46          6
  6. Magnolia                      2-1         44          8
  7. Huntsville                     2-0         39          7
  8. Hightower                    0-1         37          5
  9. Magnolia West            2-1         29          10
  10. Fulshear                     3-0         9            NR

Also receiving votes: New Caney 5, Baytown Lee 4, La Porte 4, Barbers Hill 1, Lake Creek 1

Here are my rankings that I submitted for this week:

TOP 20 CLASS 6A

1. North Shore
2. Katy

3. Cy-Fair

4. Bridgeland
5. Westfield
6. Katy Taylor

7. Klein Collins

8. Shadow Creek

9. Pearland

10. Atascocita

11. Tomball Memorial
12. Pearland Dawson

13. Tompkins

14. Dickinson

15. Mayde Creek

16. Pasadena Dobie

17. Klein Cain
18. Cypress Ranch

19. Spring

20. Klein

TOP 10 CLASS 5A

1. Fort Bend Marshall
2. Richmond Foster
3. Manvel
4. Paetow

5. Huntsville
6. Fulshear

7. Angleton

8. Magnolia

9. Magnolia West

10. New Caney

Meet the voters:

Dennis Silva II

Dennis Silva II has covered high school sports in Katy since January 2017 and is the sports editor of the Katy Times newspaper. A 2001 graduate of Mayde Creek High School in Houston and a 2005 graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Silva has served as sports editor and sports reporter for multiple daily and weekly newspapers, from Katy to Houston to South Texas. He has won national awards for his feature and beat reporting, and his sports coverage of Katy ISD and area athletics has garnered statewide recognition. Follow Silva on Twitter @densilva2.

Jason McDaniel, HS sports freelancer

Jason got his start covering Houston-area high school football with the Wingspan student newspaper at Cypress Falls (Class of 1995). He's followed the sport closely since graduating from the University of Texas in 2003, spending five years in the Rio Grande Valley before returning to his hometown to write for the Houston Chronicle in 2008. He currently resides in Atascocita. Jason votes on the 6A, 5A, small school and private school poll.

Jack Marrion, sports reporter for Houston Community Newspapers

Jack covers a large subsection of Houston that includes Katy ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Houston ISD and a handful of teams in TAPPS and SPC. He votes on the 6A, 5A, small school and private school polls. Jack is originally from St. Louis and

Tony Blalock

Tony is a rabid fan of sports and Texas high school football in particular. Tony has worked for 29 years on the technical side of sports television. In recent years, he has turned his passion for Texas high school football into writing for Texas Redzone Report. Tony covers a wide range of football including six-man and 11-man football, private schools, charter schools, and public schools of all levels from Class 1A to 6A. Tony votes on the 6A, 5A, small school and private school polls.

 Adam Coleman, HS sports coordinator for the Houston Chronicle

Adam Coleman joined the Houston Chronicle in April 2016 to cover Rice University and high school sports. He exclusively covers the prep scene now.

He previously worked for the Big Spring Herald and Houston Community Newspapers and has also covered Houston high school, college and pro sports as a freelance writer.

Coleman is a graduate of Westside High School and Texas Tech University. He votes on the Class 6A, Class 5A, small school and private school poll.

Jon Poorman, sports editor for The Courier

Jon has been covering Montgomery County high school sports for The Courier daily newspaper since 2013 and became sports editor of the publication in 2016. Jon and his team at The Courier — including assistant sports editor Rob Tate and reporter Justin Maskulinski — cover a wide territory in the North Houston area with 14 UIL schools and six private schools. Jon is a Missouri State University graduate and a proud Kansas City, Mo., native. He votes on the 6A, 5A, small school and private school polls.

Cole McNanna

Cole McNanna, sports and education editor for The Sealy News, is entering his third fall covering high school sports in Austin County. He graduated from Curry College in Milton, Mass. in 2018. He was named Student of the Year for journalism after serving as the school newspaper’s sports editor his junior year and editor-in-chief as a senior.  He also was named the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Sportswriter of the Year for Division II in 2019 and can be found on Twitter @CMac217. He will vote on the small school poll in 2020.

 Ryan Dunsmore, Fort Bend Herald sports editor

Ryan Dunsmore has worked for the Fort Bend Herald since April 2015 and served as sports editor since April 2017. Dunsmore is graduate of Terry High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He will vote on the 6A, 5A and small school polls in 2020. He can be found on Twitter @Duns_more.

 Bert Brocker, Texan Live

Brocker is the owner of Texan Live, a streaming service for high school sports in Texas. Texanlive.com is a streaming company that streams high school sports. The company broadcasted over 700 games live last year with video and audio and will do hundreds more this year. It also produces the UIL State championships in multiple sports. Former Houston Texan Eric Winston and Bert have built a brand of high-quality streaming events. Unlike its competition, Texan Live pays school districts for streaming rights along with hiring high school students that are paid to be part of our team. Texan Live has partnerships with the Houston Chronicle, Fox Sports Southwest and the University Interscholastic League. Bert grew up in Palacios and attended high school in Iowa. He also attended Dana College in Blair, Neb. Bert votes on the 6A and 5A poll.

 Vype Media - Matt Malatesta and Josh Koch

Vype Media has been covering high school sports over the past decade. The monthly magazine, which can be found at Academy, HEB and Timewise convenience stores among other places, has outlets in Southeast Texas and now the Hill Country. Matt is a graduate of LSU, while Josh graduated from Texas Tech University. The pair collaborates on one ballot each in the 6A and 5A poll that represents Vype Media.

Lone Star Christian Sports Network

Both Jon Walk from Spring and the Lone Star Christian Sports Network team he's a part of - with Dan Morgan and David Fuller - have been championing the coverage of Texas private and parochial high school athletics since the early to mid-1990s. LSCSN contributes to the private school poll. You can follow LSCSN's work through its Twitter feed @LSCSN and its website, LSCSN.com.

Carl Theiss

Carl Theiss is a high school color analyst for LSN Sports. He also serves as the media coordinator for the Texas High School Coaches Association and he is partnered with TheAthleticsDepartment.com, providing high school stats service.

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