SBLive Texas Top 50: Lake Travis moves into top five; Denton Guyer, Rockwall climb into top 10 (Sept. 8 rankings)

The 2021 Texas high school football season rolls into Week 3 after several upset victories defined the second weekend of regular-season action and shook up the SBLive Texas Top 50 rankings. A Central Texas Class 6A powerhouse moved into the top five, while a pair of dynamic DFW teams climbed into the top 10 for the first time this season.

Below are SBLive’s latest Texas Top 50 rankings. The rankings are compiled by reporter Andrew McCulloch and will be released every week throughout the fall.

SBLIVE TEXAS TOP 50 – WEEK 3

Sept. 8, 2021

50. Edinburg Vela (2-0)

Last week: NR

49. Argyle (2-0)

Last week: NR

48. Lubbock Cooper (2-0)

Last week: NR

47. Port Arthur Memorial (2-0)

Last week: NR

46. Katy Paetow (2-0)

Last week: NR

45. Frisco Lone Star (1-1)

Last week: 43

44. Lucas Lovejoy (2-0)

Last week: NR

43. Odessa Permian (2-0)

Last week: 49

42. Corpus Christi Veterans (2-0)

Last week: 48

41. Carthage (2-0)

Last week: 46

Six new teams made their debut in SBLive’s Texas Top 50 rankings this week: Argyle, Edinburg Vela, Katy Paetow, Lubbock Cooper, Lucas Lovejoy and Port Arthur Memorial. Argyle, the first Class 4A Division I team to earn a spot in the statewide rankings, vaulted up to No. 49 after crushing Pleasant Grove 62-21 in the team’s district opener. Vela became the Rio Grande Valley’s first representative in the Top 50 after the SaberCats dominated Harlingen 30-3 in the Valley’s game of the week. The four remaining new entrants to the statewide rankings each represent one of the top teams in 5A. Paetow took down cross-district 6A foe Katy Morton Ranch 43-14, Port Arthur Memorial beat Barbers Hill in its home opener 56-28 and Lovejoy demolished Sulphur Springs 71-7. Cooper became the highest-ranked sub-6A team in the Top 50 after beating Lubbock Coronado 28-7 in its first road contest.

40. Prosper (2-0)

Last week: 44

39. Lewisville (2-0)

Last week: 45

38. Round Rock (2-0)

Last week: 40

37. The Woodlands (2-0)

Last week: 35

36. Highland Park (1-1)

Last week: 36

35. Austin Vandegrift (2-0)

Last week: 37

34. Smithson Valley (2-0)

Last week: 34

33. Alvin Shadow Creek (0-2)

Last week: 31

32. Manvel (1-1)

Last week: 33

31. League City Clear Falls (2-0)

Last week: 29

Lewisville and Prosper became two of this week’s top climbers in SBLive’s Texas Top 50. Lewisville scored its second straight sizable victory with a big 53-24 win over Keller Timber Creek to jump six spots in this week’s rankings. Prosper exploded for a 63-7 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge in its home opener to move up four spots this week. Highland Park notched a quality win in a rebound performance by eking out a 28-24 win over 6A Flower Mound. The Woodlands earned its second consecutive close win over a playoff team from 2020, as the Highlanders defeated Houston Lamar 17-7. Alvin Shadow Creek, meanwhile, slipped two spots after dropping its Week 2 game against Cypress Bridgeland 24-14 and might be the most talented team without a win yet across the state.

30. Dickinson (1-1)

Last week: 27

29. Cibolo Steele (2-0)

Last week: 28

28. Fort Bend Ridge Point (2-0)

Last week: 30

27. Cy Park (2-0)

Last week: 32

26. Midland Legacy (2-0)

Last week: 25

25. Spring Westfield (2-0)

Last week: 26

24. Cedar Hill (1-1)

Last week: 24

23. College Station (2-0)

Last week: 23

22. Fort Bend Marshall (2-0)

Last week: 22

21. Katy Tompkins (2-0)

Last week: 19

College Station and Fort Bend Marshall cemented themselves as two of the top teams in 5A again this week with blowout victories over 6A foes. The Cougars nearly hit the 50-point mark for the second straight week to start the season with a 49-7 runaway win over Fort Bend Bush, while the Buffaloes smoked district rival Fort Bend Elkins in a 49-7 victory. Cypress Park and Fort Bend Ridge Point each earned one of the most impressive wins of Week 2. Cy Park buried rival Cy-Fair 62-28 during a dominant road display. Ridge Point secured a one-possession win over Dickinson in a back-and-forth 42-36 victory in Sugar Land. Midland Legacy, meanwhile, has retained its spot as the top-ranked West Texas team in the Top 50 thanks to a 51-48 win at home against Amarillo Tascosa.

20. Spring (2-0)

Last week: 21

19. DeSoto (1-1)

Last week: 20

18. Converse Judson (1-1)

Last week: 14

17. San Antonio Brennan (2-0)

Last week: 17

16. Aledo (2-0)

Last week: 18

15. Arlington Martin (1-1)

Last week: 16

14. Euless Trinity (1-1)

Last week: 8

13. Rockwall Heath (1-1)

Last week: 12

12. Duncanville (2-0)

Last week: 15

11. Allen (1-1)

Last week: 7

Spring moved inside the top 20 for the first time this season after the Lions shutout Klein Oak 49-0 to improve to 2-0 on the season. District rivals DeSoto and Duncanville moved up one and three spots, respectively after each earned bounce-back Week 2 wins. The Eagles took care of business in a 45-21 win over Arlington Bowie, while the Panthers’ offense went off in a 42-27 victory against South Oak Cliff. A third DFW power, Arlington Martin, earned its first win of the fall after a Week 1 setback. Martin manhandled Carrollton Hebron 59-15 to move the Warriors into the top 15. San Antonio Brennan became the San Antonio area’s new top-ranked team in this week’s rankings too. Brennan flexed its defensive muscle in back-to-back wins over San Antonio Reagan and Schertz Clemens to kick off the 2021 campaign.

10. Denton Ryan (1-1)

Last week: 4

9. Rockwall (2-0)

Last week: 11

8. Cypress Bridgeland (2-0)

Last week: 9

7. Denton Guyer (2-0)

Last week: 13

6. Humble Atascocita (2-0)

Last week: 10

5. Lake Travis (2-0)

Last week: 6

4. Galena Park North Shore (2-0)

Last week: 5

3. Southlake Carroll (2-0)

Last week: 3

2. Katy (2-0)

Last week: 2

1. Austin Westlake (2-0)

Last week: 1

The most consequential result from several huge Week 2 games was Denton Guyer’s 14-7 overtime victory over crosstown rival Denton Ryan. The win vaults Guyer into the top 10 and up to No. 7 overall, as the Wildcats surged forward six spots in SBLive’s Texas Top 50. Ryan, meanwhile, fell six spots but stayed within the top 10 and remained the top-ranked sub-6A team in the Top 50. Guyer was joined in the top 10 for the first time this season by Rockwall. The Yellowjackets moved up two spots after blowing out Dallas Jesuit 75-28 for their second straight marquee win after topping Cedar Hill during Week 1. Humble Atascocita’s big win at Allen — the first road win in the history of Allen’s Eagle Stadium — pushed Atascocita up four spots in this week’s rankings, while Allen dropped out of the top 10 entirely with the loss. Lake Travis surged into the top five on the heels of the Cavaliers’ dominant 52-20 win over Converse Judson. Meanwhile, Austin Westlake, Katy and Southlake Carroll held down the top three spots for the second straight week following signature wins for all three programs. Westlake and Katy blew out Euless Trinity and Cypress Woods, respectively, while Carroll blocked a potential go-ahead field goal as time expired to beat Rockwall Heath 36-35.

Andrew McCulloch

Andrew McCulloch, SBLive

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