District 5-5A Power Rankings: Week 4

 

Behind the running attack of Gavin McDaniel, the Coppell Cowboys are the only undefeated team left in District 5-5A. (John F. Rhodes/Special Contributor)

With another week of the regular season gone, the District 5-5A picture looks much, much clearer than it did at the start of the season. Originally, it looked like five teams would fight for the four playoff spots (sorry Lewisville).

But with Marcus and Lewisville both struggling, it looks like we can get a sense of who’s going to make the postseason (sorry Marcus and Lewisville, again).

Coppell holds down the top spot again, seeing as how Coppell was the only team in the district that won its game last week.

And with everyone losing, everything looks the same in this week’s 5-5A power rankings.

1. Coppell (4-0). Last week: d. Garland, 35-14.

Don’t let the final score fool you. Coppell absolutely crushed Garland, and it wasn’t that close. Coppell had a 35-0 lead, and I wasn’t there, but it looked like the Cowboys eased up in the fourth quarter when Garland scored its only two touchdowns of the game. Gavin McDaniel carried the ball 16 times for 141 yards, and three of QB Colby Mahon’s nine completed passes were touchdowns. With each passing week, it looks like Coppell is becoming the favorite to win the district.

 2. Hebron (2-2). Last week: lost to Allen, 42-17.

Anytime somebody plays a top-caliber opponent, it serves as a good measuring stick to see how good that team really is. In this case, Hebron didn’t exactly measure up to Allen in a 42-17 loss last week. Allen put up 423 yards of offense on Hebron’s defense, with most of that coming on the ground. But playing against Allen can make anybody look bad. Just ask Southlake Carroll.

3. Flower Mound (2-2). Last week: lost to Sachse, 29-0.

Well, that undefeated start to the season must feel like an eternity ago for Flower Mound. The Jaguars were thoroughly stomped by an undefeated and surprising Sachse squad last week. Both teams combined for 23 penalties. I would comment more on officiating, but thanks to the NFL, I really could care less for any more referee talk right now.

 4. Ryan (1-2). Last week: BYE

Ryan didn’t play last week. Nothing to see here.

 5. Lewisville (1-3). Last week: lost to Arlington 41-13.

Lewisville had a tough time trying to stop Arlington last week. Arlington only punted once and gained 513 yards of offense. Brandon Washington had 15 carries for 181 yards in the win over Lewisville. The halftime score was 31-3. Lewisville faces McKinney Boyd this week, and Boyd is coming off a huge win against Rockwall. Lewisville could use a solid win to boost its confidence heading into a bye week.

6. Flower Mound Marcus (0-4). Last week: lost to Plano East, 38-17.

You have to feel bad for Marcus and the start the Marauders have had to the season. Marcus loses its starting quarterback, and a tough nondistrict schedule has been far from kind to Marcus. Marcus also lost four fumbles last week against Plano East in the 19-point loss.