SBLive Texas Top 50: Austin Westlake, Katy hold top spots in first statewide high school football rankings of 2021

Introducing the SBLive Texas Top 50, the definitive cross-classification Texas high school football rankings. Austin Westlake – the No. 4 team in SBLive’s Power 25 national rankings – holds the top spot in our first statewide rankings of the 2021 season after blasting Temple 54-13.

Each week during the fall 2021 season, SBLive will rank the top 50 football teams across the state from every classification level. Below is the first edition of the Texas Top 50 rankings for the 2021 Texas high school football season:


Aug. 31, 2021

50. Longview (0-1)

49. Odessa Permian (1-0)

48. Corpus Christi Veterans (1-0)

47. Temple (0-1)

46. Carthage (1-0)

45. Lewisville (1-0)

44. Prosper (1-0)

43. Frisco Lone Star (1-0)

42. Tomball Memorial (1-0)

41. Dallas Jesuit (1-0)

Corpus Christi Veterans clocks in at 48th as the highest-ranked Coastal Bend area team after beating 4A DI foe Alice on the road 22-20 in Week 1. Odessa Permian became the first West Texas team to make our Top 50 and earned the No. 49 spot after a come-from-behind 26-15 win over El Paso Pebble Hills. Carthage, the only sub-5A team in the Top 50, earned a marquee 27-24 win at Crosby to claim the No. 46 spot. Tomball Memorial coasted to 54-10 win over Aldine Nimitz in Week 1 to take the 42nd spot, while Dallas Jesuit checked in at No. 41 after notching a 38-34 signature victory over Flower Mound Marcus. Longview (50th) and Temple (47th) round out this week’s rankings after large losses to Denton Ryan and Austin Westlake, respectively.

40. Round Rock (1-0)

39. San Antonio Reagan (0-1)

38. Cy-Fair (0-0)

37. Austin Vandegrift (1-0)

36. Highland Park (0-1)

35. The Woodlands (1-0)

34. Smithson Valley (1-0)

33. Manvel (0-1)

32. Cy Park (1-0)

31. Alvin Shadow Creek (0-1)

Round Rock (40th) and Austin Vandegrift (37th) become the first Region IV teams to make an appearance in this week’s Top 50. The Dragons clobbered Waco Midway 69-17 in Week 1, while Vandegrift beat Cedar Park 42-7. The Woodlands took the No. 35 spot after eking out a 48-42 win over Langham Creek in a back-and-forth game. Highland Park (No. 36) and Manvel (No. 33) remain two of the highest-ranked teams in 5A despite losses to 6A powers Southlake Carroll and Dickinson, respectively in Week 1. Alvin Shadow Creek (31st) and San Antonio Reagan (39th) are each defending district champs in 6A that lost season-opening showdowns to Galena Park North Shore and San Antonio Brennan, respectively. 

30. Fort Bend Ridge Point (1-0)

29. League City Clear Falls (1-0)

28. Cibolo Steele (1-0)

27. Dickinson (1-0)

26. Spring Westfield (1-0)

25. Midland Legacy (1-0)

24. Cedar Hill (0-1)

23. College Station (1-0)

22. Fort Bend Marshall (1-0)

21. Spring (1-0)

Dickinson notched one of the top victories of Week 1 with a 45-42 win over 5A power Manvel that earned the Gators a No. 27 ranking this week. Midland Legacy checks in at No. 25 as the highest-ranked West Texas team following a 37-7 win against Amarillo. College Station (No. 23) and Fort Bend Marshall (22nd) each flexed their offensive muscle in huge Week 1 wins. The Cougars blasted Hutto 59-17, while the Buffaloes beat Houston Eisenhower 68-34. District 14-6A rivals Spring (21st) and Spring Westfield (26th) each earned solid Week 1 wins too. Westfield topped Houston Strake Jesuit 37-10, while the Lions defeated Fort Bend Travis 38-17. Cedar Hill claims the No. 24 spot after losing to Rockwall 42-29 in its season opener.

20. DeSoto (0-1)

19. Katy Tompkins (1-0)

18. Aledo (1-0)

17. San Antonio Brennan (1-0)

16. Arlington Martin (0-1)

15. Duncanville (0-1)

14. Converse Judson (1-0)

13. Denton Guyer (1-0)

12. Rockwall-Heath (1-0)

11. Rockwall (1-0)

District 11-6A foes DeSoto (20th) and Duncanville (15th) suffered tough Week 1 losses to Converse Judson and California’s Mater Dei, but the Eagles and Panthers joined Cedar Hill to make three 11-6A squads ranked among the top 25 teams in the state. Judson, meanwhile, holds the top ranking of all San Antonio area teams at No. 14 after a 35-28 win over DeSoto, while San Antonio Brennan sits a few spots behind the Rockets at No. 17 following a 35-14 win over Reagan. Aledo checks in as the highest-ranked team in 5A at No. 18 after crushing Weatherford 47-7 in Week 1. Crosstown rivals Rockwall (11th) and Rockwall Heath (12th) sit on the doorstep of the top 10 after beating Cedar Hill (42-29) and Fort Worth Timber Creek (46-49), respectively.

10. Humble Atascocita (1-0)

9. Cypress Bridgeland (1-0)

8. Euless Trinity (1-0)

7. Allen (1-0)

6. Lake Travis (1-0)

5. Galena Park North Shore (1-0)

4. Denton Ryan (1-0)

3. Southlake Carroll (1-0)

2. Katy (1-0)

1. Austin Westlake (1-0)

Austin Westlake holds the top spot in this week’s Texas Top 50 — and the No. 4 spot in SBLive’s Power 25 national rankings — after blasting Temple 54-13. The Chaparrals are followed by four other teams that also earned spots in the Power 25 rankings: Katy, Southlake Carroll, Denton Ryan and Galena Park North Shore. Katy and North Shore earned signature wins over top-tier Houston area competition as the Tigers crushed League City Clear Springs 40-7 and the Mustangs manhandled Alvin Shadow Creek 33-10. Carroll topped Highland Park 45-21 in its season opener at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and Ryan demolished Longview 40-7 in the inaugural Jerry Jones Classic at the Ford Center in Frisco. Westlake’s district rival, Lake Travis, earned the No. 6 spot after a solid 40-28 win over Arlington Martin in its home opener. DFW perennial powers Allen (No. 7) and Euless Trinity (No. 8) are right behind the Cavs after big Week 1 wins, while Houston-area 6A powers Cypress Bridgeland and Humble Atascocita round out this week’s top 10.

Andrew McCulloch

Andrew McCulloch, SBLive

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