Monday, September 10, 2012

District 5-5A Power Rankings: Week 2 - Denton Record Chronicle (blog)

While Flower Mound's Cole McKeel (4) vaulted over this Keller Central defender in Zero Week, new head coach Dane Johnson has vaulted the Jaguars to a 2-0 start to their season. (Layne Murdoch/Special to The Dallas Morning News)

We’re two weeks into the football season, and Ryan’s still a few weeks away from its District 5-5A opener on Oct. 12 against Flower Mound. Still, it never hurts to start sizing up the rest of the district and see who’s been struggling and who’s been thriving in nondistrict play. Here’s the District 5-5A Power Rankings.

1. Flower Mound (2-0). Last week: d. South Grand Prairie 28-21.

If there’s been one surprise so far this season, it’s been the emergence of Flower Mound. The Jaguars have strung together back-to-back wins over Keller Central and South Grand Prairie, with both wins coming in impressive fashion. Flower Mound was outgained by SGP, yet the Jags still pulled off the win. Under first-year head coach Dane Johnson, it looks like Flower Mound will surely be a contender for one of the district’s four playoff spots.

2. Coppell (2-0). Last week: d. McKinney Boyd, 31-6.

Coppell throttled a winless McKinney Boyd and rolled for the second straight week. Coppell’s offense has been led by the rushing attack of Gavin McDaniel and Charles West, and the Cowboys’ offense has put up big points against Boyd and Longview. Coppell has historically been a very strong program, and there’s nothing to say that’s going to change this year.

3. Hebron (1-1). Last week: d. Mansfield Timberview, 33-19.

Hebron lost to a surprisingly good Abilene high team in Zero Week, and the Hawks bounced back with a win over a very strong Mansfield Timberview squad. Hebron should beat Keller Fossil Ridge this weekend, but Hebron will be tested by Allen in the following week.

4. Ryan (1-1). Last week: lost to Wichita Falls Rider, 21-15.

Ryan had its 25-game regular season win streak snapped, but that’s an irrelevant piece of information now. Ask anybody at Ryan â€" or any coach worth their merit â€" and they’ll tell you winning in the postseason is the only thing that matters. Ryan’s defense looked pretty good  last week against a very strong offense. Ryan’s tough nondistrict schedule will prepare the Raiders for their district campaign.

 5. Flower Mound Marcus (0-2). Last week: lost to Arlington, 20-14.

With the loss of quarterback Cole Erwin to a torn ACL, Marcus started the year without its offensive leader. Cade Erwin stepped in and went 21-of-36 for 207 yards a touchdown in a loss to Plano West. But against Arlington last week, Marcus switched its emphasis of attack from the passing game to the running game. As a result, Marcus was held to 14 points and couldn’t erase a 20-0 deficit.

6. Lewisville (0-2). Last week: lost to Ennis, 30-26.

Ennis’ rushing attack sunk Lewisville last week. The Fighting Farmers were outgained on the ground 257-232. First-year head coach Gregg Miller inherited a team that went 7-23 in its past three seasons, and the turnaround will take some time. Miller, a defensive coordinator at Katy, will hope to instill Katy’s winning ways into Lewisville. Lewisville has a very winnable home game against Irving this weekend.

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