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Tigers, Falcons, Mustangs, Panthers stand strong in Houston HS football media poll

By Dennis Silva II | Sports Editor
Posted 9/30/20

Katy High, Tompkins, Taylor and Paetow stand tall in the Houston area high school football media poll for the week of Sept. 30.

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Tigers, Falcons, Mustangs, Panthers stand strong in Houston HS football media poll


Katy High, Tompkins, Taylor and Paetow stand tall in the Houston area high school football media poll for the week of Sept. 30.

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.

Katy remains No. 2 in the Class 6A rankings behind unanimous No. 1 pick North Shore. The Tigers beat Clear Springs 28-13 last week. Tompkins, which escaped Magnolia 24-21, ranks No. 10 in Class 6A, followed by Taylor, 37-0 winner over Cypress Springs, at No. 11.

Following its 24-14 win over Conroe, Mayde Creek received seven votes in the Class 6A poll.

In the Class 5A poll, Paetow comes in at No. 5, jumping five spots following its impressive 21-20 win over Barbers Hill on Saturday.

Here are the official polls for this week:


Class 6A                            Rec.       Pts.        Last week

  1. North Shore (10)         1-0         200        1
  2. Katy                           1-0         190        2
  3. Atascocita                    0-0         165        4
  4. Shadow Creek             0-1         163        3
  5. Cy-Fair                        1-0         158        6
  6. Westfield                      0-0         154        5
  7. Bridgeland                   1-0         132        10
  8. Dickinson                     0-0         120        7
  9. Klein Collins                 0-0         118        8
  10. Tompkins                   1-0         109        9
  11. Katy Taylor                1-0         98          12
  12. Ridge Point                0-0         93          11
  13. Pearland                    1-0         88          14
  14. Dawson                      1-0         67          15
  15. Tomball Memorial   1-0         50          18
  16. Klein Oak                    0-0         46          16
  17. Strake Jesuit              0-0         43          17
  18. The Woodlands        0-1         26          13
  19. Cypress Ranch           0-1         24          20
  20. Clear Springs             0-1         18          19

Also receiving votes: Mayde Creek 7, Dobie 6, Klein Cain 6, Klein 5, Lamar 5, CE King 2, Cy Creek 2, George Ranch 2, Spring 2, Humble 1, Travis 1


Class 5A                            Rec.       Pts.        Last week

  1. Manvel (3)                   0-0         91          1
  2. FB Marshall (5)            0-0         90          2
  3. Foster (2)                      1-0         89          3
  4. Hightower                    0-0         53          6
  5. Paetow                         1-0         46          10
  6. Angleton                       1-0         39          NR
  7. Magnolia West            1-0         24          NR
  8. Huntsville                     0-0         22          NR
  9. Magnolia                      0-1         21          9
  10. Barbers Hill                0-1         20          4

Also receiving votes: Friendswood 18, La Porte 14, Porter 7, Crosby 5, Montgomery Lake Creek 5, New Caney 5, Fulshear 1


Here are my rankings that I submitted for this week:



1. North Shore
2. Katy
3. Westfield
4. Shadow Creek
5. Cy-Fair
6. Atascocita
7. Klein Collins
8. Bridgeland
9. Taylor
10. Dickinson
11. Ridge Point
12. Strake Jesuit
13. Pearland
14. Tomball Memorial
15. Pearland Dawson
16. Tompkins
17. Clear Springs
18. Klein Oak
19. George Ranch
20. Cypress Ranch

1. Fort Bend Marshall
2. Richmond Foster
3. Manvel
4. Paetow
5. Hightower
6. Angleton
7. Huntsville
8. Magnolia West
9. Lake Creek
10. Fulshear


Meet the voters:

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.

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.

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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