After a brief absence, I figured we’d resurrect the old Denton Record-Chronicle Power Rankings, putting the top five teams in our coverage area in the rankings each week.
Now, before you get so angry that you’re looking to shred the nearest copy of your newspaper and throw your keyboard mouse at an inanimate object, relax.
This is a set of power rankings, so it really shouldn’t be taken too seriously. It’s just a gauge of who’s playing better at a certain time period. So if you’re favorite team isn’t No.1 every week, don’t get offended.
After Zero Week, here’s the first batch of rankings for the season.
1. Ryan. Last week: d. Corsicana, 40-28.
When Ryan fell behind 22-0 early against Corsicana, it looked like Ryan’s lofty 24-game regular season winning streak was going to be halted in the 2012 season-opener. But, lo and behold, starting quarterback Mitchell Bridges led Ryan back for the come-from-behind victory.
2. Guyer. Last week: lost to Cedar Hill, 54-28.
Sure, some people are going to overreact, but that’s not necessary. Cedar Hill’s a very strong team and will be a contender in Class 5A. But Guyer’s no slouch, even after getting blown out in its first game. The Wildcats dropped from No.1 to No.7 in the Associated Press Class 4A polls. Even with the loss, Guyer’s still a strong favorite to contend for the state championship.
3. Lake Dallas. Last week: d. Richardson Pearce 31-20.
The Falcons probably should have looked more impressive against Pearce, but the Falcons did play through adversity and erased a 13-point deficit and picked up the win. Other than a few big plays and a 14-play, 98-yard drive, the Falcons played pretty well in front of a decent crowd and a local TV audience. Lake Dallas will face a formidable Frisco Centennial squad and will have its hand full with a team returning 31 seniors that helped the Titans reach the 4A Division II regional semis.
4. Argyle. Last week: lost to Abilene Wylie, 31-14.
Argyle plummeted in the state rankings after its loss to Abilene Wylie, dropping from No. 7 to No. 16 in AP Class 3A polls. On a night where a lot of young and inexperienced teams struggled (ex. Denton, Sanger, Aubrey), Argyle’s youth was tested by Wylie. There’s a lot of spots that need to replaced after last year’s run to the Class 3A Division II state title game.
5. Krum. Last week: d. Caddo Mils, 27-6.
Krum, yes the Krum Bobcats, have scratched their way into the season’s first edition of the Top 5. Granted, only four of the 12 teams in our coverage area won, making the decision a little easier to make. But with three players (Reed Flores, Caz Wojciak, Brennan Ellis) all rushing over 100 yards, Krum looked pretty impressive. But it was against a team that missed the playoffs last season and went .500 last year.