Q&A time! Plano East Panthers edition

Plano East linebacker Anthony Hines III (19) celebrates after East recovered a fumble during the second quarter of their game against Jesuit on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.   (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Plano East linebacker Anthony Hines III (19) celebrates after East recovered a fumble during the second quarter of their game against Jesuit on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
(Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Since most of the teams in the new District 6-6A are new to Guyer, Guyer fans and myself, I’ve decided to try something new this year.

Star Local Media, has covered pretty much all of these teams with the exception of Guyer and Wylie for years, so we’re going to do a Q&A each week about Guyer’s upcoming game.

This week, of course, it’s Guyer and Plano East in the teams’ first meeting in history.

Without further delay, here’s the “conversation” Tim Glaze, who covers East for Star Local Media, and I had over good ol’ electronic mail, along with a score prediction from each of us.

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What you need to know: Braswell vs Ryan

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Tomorrow’s District 5-5A game between Ryan and Braswell is set up to be a cake walk for one team and a massive uphill climb for the other.

In this case, Ryan is that unclimbable mountain.

I’m not trying to be rude here, but the simple truth is Ryan is set up to again finish the regular season unbeaten, and Braswell is the next team up on a list of regular-season opponents that just don’t quite stack up. I know Braswell will be a dominant force one day. Cody Moore is building this program from the ground up and is doing it the right way. It’s just going to take a few years to see the fruits of that labor.

Same drill, folks. I’ve got some great stuff jam packed into tomorrow’s game advance story, but in the meantime, here are some things you need to know.

The Game: Braswell (0-4) vs No. 3 Ryan (5-0, 1-0 district), Thursday, 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (Braswell is the home team)

Series Record: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

What happened last week: Ryan jumped out to a five-touchdown lead over Denton before giving up two late scores in a dominating 35-14 win to open district play. Braswell was on a bye.

What to expect: It’s obvious that Ryan is going to come out just like any other game and try to impose its will as early as possible. Perhaps we’ll see a few wrinkles from Braswell to catch Ryan off guard, but I don’t expect them to get too cute as this is still a bunch of young players trying to find their way.

Final say: I’m not going to sugarcoat anything. Ryan is a state-ranked team and clearly the best team Braswell is going to play all year. This matchup is almost unfair because of how ill-equipped Braswell is right now to handle that type of opponent. I almost didn’t put a score prediction, but I’ve done it every week. Here goes nothin’

Prediction: Ryan 56, Braswell 0

AP Poll: No movement for Ryan and Argyle, but Denton drops

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

The Associated Press’ state poll is out. While there was no movement for Ryan and Argyle, Denton took the biggest hit following its lopsided loss to the Raiders Friday.

Denton dropped from No. 6 in last week’s poll to 11th this week.

Ryan is still No. 3 in Class 5A. Argyle is still No. 2 in Class 4A.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (23) (4-0) 245 1
2. DeSoto (2) (4-0) 224 3
3. Euless Trinity (4-0) 167 5
4. Lake Travis (4-1) 164 4
5. Cibolo Steele (4-1) 137 8
6. Austin Westlake (4-1) 120 6
7. The Woodlands (4-0) 85 9
8. Galena Park North Shore (3-1) 61 10
9. Converse Judson (4-1) 58 2
10. San Angelo Central (4-0) 48 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Cedar Hill 22. 12, Round Rock Cedar Ridge 21. 13, Katy 8. 14, Waco Midway 6. 16, Southlake Carroll 5. 17, San Benito 1. 17, Longview 1. 17, Beaumont West Brook 1. 17, Arlington Bowie 1.

Class 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (12) (5-0) 229 1
2. Aledo (5) (4-0) 223 2
3. Denton Ryan (4) (5-0) 204 3
4. Manvel (4) (4-0) 194 4
5. Richmond Foster (5-0) 142 5
6. Waxahachie (5-0) 99 8
7. Lancaster (4-1) 91 7
8. Texarkana Texas (5-0) 70 9
9. College Station (5-0) 31 NR
10. Frisco Lone Star (3-1) 29 10

Others receiving votes: 11, Denton 16. 12, Grapevine 12. 13, Lubbock Cooper 8. 13, Dallas Highland Park 8. 15, Georgetown 4. 16, Canyon 3. 16, Dripping Springs 3. 16, Cleburne 3. 19, CC Calallen 2. 19, Port Arthur Memorial 2. 19, Port Neches-Groves 2.

Class 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (16) (5-0) 238 1
2. Argyle (6) (4-0) 220 2
3. Carthage (3-0) 191 3
4. Waco La Vega (2) (5-0) 176 4
5. Cuero (1) (5-0) 139 5
6. China Spring (5-0) 135 6
7. Henderson (5-0) 82 8
8. Gilmer (4-1) 67 7
9. Geronimo Navarro (5-0) 39 10
10. Abilene Wylie (3-1) 36 9

Others receiving votes: 11, Van 18. 12, Celina 13. 13, Sweetwater 11. 14, El Campo 8. 15, Gladewater 1. 15, Godley 1.

Class 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Brock (20) (5-0) 245 1
2. Newton (4) (5-0) 218 2
3. Franklin (1) (5-0) 198 3
4. Malakoff (4-0) 183 4
5. Sunnyvale (5-0) 137 5
6. White Oak (5-0) 107 7
7. Cameron Yoe (4-1) 101 6
8. Crockett (5-0) 47 10
9. Canadian (2-2) 37 9
10. Wall (3-1) 22 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Big Sandy Harmony 14. 12, Cisco 13. 13, Hallettsville 12. 13, Sonora 12. 15, East Bernard 6. 16, Elysian Fields 4. 16, Mineola 4. 16, Rockdale 4. 16, George West 4. 20, La Marque 3. 21, New London West Rusk 2. 21, Gunter 2.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Bremond (19) (5-0) 244 2
2. Iraan (1) (5-0) 207 3
3. Refugio (5) (3-1) 179 1
4. Mart (5-0) 177 5
5. Tenaha (5-0) 157 6
6. Lovelady (4-0) 118 7
7. Stratford (3-1) 83 9
8. Wellington (5-0) 77 10
9. Albany (4-1) 51 4
10. Price Carlisle (5-0) 25 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Muenster 20. 12, Shiner 14. 13, Crawford 8. 14, Goldthwaite 6. 15, Mason 4. 16, Evadale 2. 16, Christoval 2. 18, Burton 1.

 

Football: Lake Dallas’ quarterback could miss time

Lake Dallas High School quarterback Spencer Frederickson (7) is chased by Prestonwood Christian Academy defensive lineman Austin Stogner (18) during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016.  (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas High School quarterback Spencer Frederickson (7) is chased by Prestonwood Christian Academy defensive lineman Austin Stogner (18) during the first half as Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted Lake Dallas High School at Lions Stadium in Plano on Friday night, September 9, 2016. (Stewart F. House/Special Contributor)

Lake Dallas may be without a starting quarterback — again.

Senior Spencer Frederickson left Thursday’s 41-10 win over Carrollton Newman Smith with what was reported at the time as a leg injury. Lake Dallas head coach Michael Young said via text Sunday that at first they thought it was his ankle, but now believe the biggest problem may be his foot.

Frederickson is expected to miss time, but Young won’t know how much until more tests are run in the morning.

If you remember, Lake Dallas played its first four games last season — and the majority of its fifth — without then-starter Dagan Haehn. Haehn suffered a knee injury in the Falcons’ spring game that previous offseason and Frederickson was his replacement during that stretch. Now that Haehn has graduated, Frederickson has started every game this season.

Frederickson passed for 173 yards and four touchdowns in the latest win. If he misses any time, Ryan Depperschmidt would be the likely replacement.

Lake Dallas (2-2, 1-0 District 14-5A) hosts Carrollton R.L. Turner Friday.

 

What you need to know: Ryan vs Denton

Denton senior quarterback  Colt Atkinson (3) throws the ball on the run during a play, Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Keller, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Denton senior quarterback Colt Atkinson (3) throws the ball on the run during a play, Thursday, September 15, 2016, in Keller, Texas, Jeff Woo/DRC

Well here we are, folks. The District 5-5A schedule is upon us and we get a prime matchup right out of the gate when old rivals reunite for Ryan vs Denton. The last time these two teams met was in 2011, and though that match up didn’t turn out so well for the Broncos, this year’s installment is a whole lot sweeter given that both teams are ranked so highly in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll.

As you’ll see below, I do believe the road to a district title still goes through Ryan. They’re just too good to think otherwise. But with that said, I’ve been impressed with the way Denton has rebounded over the last few seasons, and this year is certainly no exception. It’s two unbeaten teams going at it. Anything can happen, right?!

Same drill, folks. I’ve got some great stuff jam packed into tomorrow’s game advance story, plus, Denton High reporter Patrick Hayslip will have a feature on running back Caleb Osuofa. But in the meantime, here are some things you need to know.

The Game: No. 3 Ryan (4-0) vs No. 6 Denton (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Series Record: Ryan leads the all-time series 13-3. Ryan has won the last 12 meetings.

What happened last week: Ryan used a quick start on offense and a dominating defensive effort to suffocate Frisco Lone Star in a 51-34 win. One night earlier, Denton corralled Keller Timber Creek, 37-28. Both teams are 4-0 entering this pivotal District 5-5A opener.

What to expect: Ryan’s defense has been put through some serious challenges over the first month of the season, and that unit has answered the bell every time. I expect the Raiders will come after Denton quarterback Colt Atkinson early and often, as well as try to bottle up new running back Caleb Osuofa. Both of those guys are dangerous playmakers, but in order to put them in a position to make those plays, the Bronco offensive line must find a way to give them time and create holes to run through. For Ryan, everything goes through quarterback Spencer Sanders, but it appears the running game is back in the hands of Tyreke Davis. Expect Davis, who also plays linebacker, to get a ton of carries right away.

Final say: Denton fans may get irate at me, but it’s nothing personal. As great as Denton has played this season, I think the Broncos will have their hands full with Ryan. In the previous 12 meetings that Ryan has won, Denton has averaged 10.5 points per game against the Raiders. Meanwhile, Ryan averaged 43. Ryan has had one of the toughest nondistrict schedules in the area, and I have to think this district schedule overall is a bit lighter in comparison. Furthermore, Ryan has not lost to Denton in football since 1999. I just can’t see that streak ending Friday. Ryan wins big.

Prediction: Ryan 41, Denton 13

Weekend recap: Big wins all around

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

Denton Ryan defensive tackle Ernest Brown IV (99) follows Frisco Lone Star quarterback Jason Shelley (18) in the first half during a high school football game between Frisco Lone Star and Denton Ryan at C. H. Collins Athletic Complex in Denton, Texas Friday September 16, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

It was an interesting week for Denton-area teams. Argyle traveled all the way to Abilene Wylie just to have its game canceled due to bad weather, and several more teams were on bye weeks. That left us with only a few games to focus on, including another big win for Denton and a battle of state-ranked teams between Ryan and Frisco Lone Star. My compadre, Adam Boedeker, and I want to help you ease into the work with by once again taking a look back at the week that was.

Frisco Lone Star at Ryan

SG: Now that was a statement win. I never doubted Ryan’s ability, nor its coronation as one of the top teams in Class 5A coming into the season. But I’d been asked time and time again over the last few weeks what was wrong with Ryan. The answer: absolutely nothing. Ryan has beaten four teams that are either ranked in the state, or at the minimum, ranked in this area. The Raiders decimated a Lone Star team that, despite this loss, is extremely talented and should still be in the conversation for state title contenders. Ryan did it by utilizing its countless weapons on offense, and a superior defense that simply dominates every single week. Ryan is loaded, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

AB: I heard a lot of talk about how Lone Star was the best team Ryan had seen so far this year. While that might be true, I wouldn’t count out Lancaster in that conversation just because of the comparison of defenses, and that showed itself on Friday as Ryan’s offense, led by Spencer Sanders, had its way with the Rangers. Sure, Jason Shelley and Lone Star got some of its own as well, but Ryan’s defense proved to be the far better unit. I’ve said it for a while (Trailblazer, I know), but this Raiders team is built for a very deep playoff run, so buckle up. Now, the Raiders prepare for a cupcake district schedule with what will be most likely their only test in crosstown foe Denton.

Denton at Keller Timber Creek

SG: Denton played an opponent higher than itself in classification for the first time this season, and kudos to the Broncos for coming away with a win. If you didn’t read Patrick Hayslip’s story, Denton rallied in the fourth quarter and Caleb Osuofa was dynamite with 180 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Now it’s time for District 5-5A, and a battle with crosstown rival Ryan awaits this Friday. I’m still not convinced Denton is the team to knock Ryan from its perch, but with the way the Broncos are playing right now, I’m pretty sure they are thinking otherwise.

AB: The Broncos faced arguably their toughest challenge on Thursday night and answered the bell in an 11-point victory over a previously unbeaten, upstart Timber Creek team. And the Broncos did it on the road. Once again, running back Caleb Osuofa stepped up with a huge performance and might be on his way to making people forget about Xavier Scott just a bit. Osuofa racked up over 180 yards on the ground and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns (three on the night) to help the Broncos pull away and remain undefeated. Now, the wait will be on to see where Denton stands in the AP poll heading into Friday’s clash with Ryan.

Braswell at Kaufman

SG: Braswell enters its bye week still looking for answers. Personnel changes on both sides of the ball – namely a new quarterback — are leading to points on the scoreboard, but the end result remains the same after a 42-3 loss Friday to Kaufman that pushed Braswell’s record to 0-4. The trick now is finding a way to compete against a District 5-5A slate that includes two state-ranked teams. And of course, the Bengals start off with one of them next week when they face Ryan. Braswell will be great eventually. For now, this season will continue to be a struggle.

AB: Once again, the Bengals were just utterly outmatched and outmanned. And this time, it was at the hands of a Class 4A team — albeit a really good one. Braswell was held without a touchdown for the third time in four games, managing just a lone field goal in the blowout loss. As expected, it’s taking the Bengals a while to find their identity, and it isn’t surprising to see them struggling so horribly with the circumstances under which the school opened.

Lake Worth at Krum

SG: Do you guys get the feeling Lake Worth was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Krum came into Friday licking its wounds after a tough loss to Sanger, so I’m pretty sure there aren’t many teams that would want to face the Bobcats next. Lake Worth had that unenviable task and Krum decimated them to the tune of 616 total yards for a 65-7 win.

AB: This game was a mismatch on paper, and it didn’t take long to show that way in real life. I covered this game and left thoroughly impressed with a Krum team I knew was senior-heavy and incredibly solid. It wasn’t the fact the Bobcats ran away with a 65-7 win that impressed me as much as the fact they handled a team they should’ve handled in dominant fashion without their starting quarterback. And make no mistake, Brandon Reeves didn’t miss a beat as Krum scored on its first six possessions and Reeves scored four rushing touchdowns while throwing just one incompletion.

Benbrook at Aubrey

SG: Another blowout where one of our area teams came out on top. But for me, the story over the last few weeks for Aubrey has been the play of Gatlin Grisso. Running back Pablo Vera went down last week with an ankle injury, and all Grisso has done is in the meantime is carry his team on his back. In this game, he carried the ball for 62 yards and a score, caught another ball for a score, and add a 99-yard interception return for a score.

AB: Aubrey feasted on the first-year varsity program as Gatlin Grisso had another monster game. Grisso is replacing starting running back Pablo Vera, and while his rushing numbers were nothing eye-popping, the junior did have a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired in the first half. The Chaparrals are putting together a pretty formidable offense and can hold opponents, too. It’s looking like they could put together another successful playoff run down the road.

S&S Consolidated at Ponder

SG: Seeing Ponder win practically every week has been a breath of fresh air. A school normally known for its greatness on the basketball court clearly has more to show off as the Lions are now coming off a big win over S&S where they scored 35 points with just one touchdown. Jonathan Aguilar proves every week just how dominant he can be, and his score late in the fourth sealed it. Congrats, Ponder.

AB: The Lions continued their successful start to their season with a come-from-behind win over S&S Consolidated, and they did it thanks to a big second-half orchestrated by quarterback Shane Scott. The Ponder signal-caller didn’t put up huge stats, but he scored two touchdowns, including the Lions’ first of the second half. Running back Jonathan Aguilar rushed for 151 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Football: Ryan’s Javaris Steward no longer on team

Ryan High School senior defensive lineman Javaris Steward (5), Friday, August 12, 2016, in Denton, Texas. David Minton/DRC

Javaris Steward

Javaris Steward is no longer a member of the Ryan High School football team.

The senior defensive lineman and University of Texas at San Antonio commit did not play in Friday’s 51-34 win over Frisco Lone Star and was not on the game roster that evening. Head coach Dave Henigan confirmed Steward’s departure from the football team Sunday, but wouldn’t comment further on the reasons. It is also unclear if Steward is still a student at Ryan.

“He is no longer a part of our team,” Henigan said.

Steward has had a roller-coaster high school career, which saw him play football in two states and also decommit from two high-profile Football Bowl Subdivision programs before settling on a third in August. He played for Ryan as a sophomore before moving to California for family reasons in 2015.

His mother passed away shortly thereafter. He played his entire junior season for Pomona High School in southern Calif.

Steward returned to Ryan in March, and through the team’s first three games this season, he was in on 15 tackles with two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Five of his tackles were for loss.

He originally verbally committed to USC in October before switching to UCLA in February. Both commitments happened while he was in California. He then decommitted from the Bruins roughly two months later. He committed to UTSA on Aug. 12.

“I’ve been hit up on Twitter by a few people who hope that I stick with this school this time,” Steward said after his commitment to UTSA. “I just didn’t feel comfortable [with USC or UCLA]. I think this is the right fit this time. I think I’m going to stick with it.”

Verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day Steward could sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.

Ryan is 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press’ Class 5A poll.

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.

What you need to know: Frisco Lone Star

The Denton Ryan football team runs onto the field at the start of the game, Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas.  Jeff Woo/DRC

The Denton Ryan football team runs onto the field at the start of the game, Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Wylie, Texas. Jeff Woo/DRC

I have some breaking news for everybody today. I recently caught up with Ryan offensive coordinator Conroy Hines, who gave me some extra-special insight into the game plan for Friday’s Class 5A mega battle against Frisco Lone Star. And I gotta tell ya, it’s a doozy.

The plan: The Raiders will actually try to have a lead at halftime.

Hines was, of course, making light of the fact that the Raiders have trailed in the second half of all three games this season. In each case, his offense came to life and pulled out another win. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t prefer a faster start.

You got to think that Frisco Lone Star, which played in a state title game last year, will make Ryan pay dearly should it fall behind for a fourth-straight week. Ryan, however, has played a brutal schedule and is clearly hard to beat. It’s a matchup a lot of people have been waiting a long time for.

Same drill, folks. I’ve got some great stuff jam packed into tomorrow’s game advance story. But in the meantime, here are some things you need to know.

The Game: No. 3 Ryan (3-0) vs No. 5 Frisco Lone Star (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m. at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. (rankings per The Associated Press’ Class 5A state poll)

Series Record: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

What happened last week: Ryan rallied from a slim halftime deficit to beat Wylie East 40-21. Spencer Sanders accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing) in the win. Lone Star found itself in a back-and-forth battle with Lovejoy early on, but thanks to its quarterback, Jason Shelley, the Rangers won easily, 62-31.

What to expect: This is clearly the toughest battle either team has faced this season, so expect anything. Despite the Raiders’ slow starts offensively, they know how to dominate in the second half. Defensively, this unit is, as Frisco Lone Star coach Jeff Rayburn told me earlier this week, “Stinkin’ good!” Lone Star has Jason Shelley, and he hasn’t lost much lately.

Final say: I’m giving Ryan the edge because, well, I’ve seen the Raiders play for three straight weeks and they just wear people out on both sides of the ball. With that said, I don’t think Lone Star is the type of team you want to play from behind against, mainly because you could be trailing by two or three touchdowns instead of two or three points. It’s a game that could see both teams light up the scoreboard, but in the end, Ryan will hang on for the win.

Prediction: Ryan 35, Frisco Lone Star 27

What you need to know: Wylie East

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

Ryan head football coach, Dave Henigan talks to his team after the first day of practice.

Ryan should be feeling pretty good about itself heading into Thursday’s game against Wylie East. Sure, there are things to clean up — including the need to start games faster — but let’s not forget the Raiders’ schedule thus far has not been easy. To come away with two road wins against Lancaster and Mesquite Poteet is a good thing.

Up next is Wylie East, which has a running back in Eno Benjamin who is doing a little bit of everything — including being their starting quarterback? It’s true. As I explain in my advance story that comes out tomorrow, Ryan has had luck over the last two years in slowing down Wylie East’s monster running back, but will it happen again? That’s the focus.

Please read tomorrow’s paper. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.

The Game: Ryan (2-0) vs Wylie East (2-0), Thursday, 7 p.m. at Wylie ISD Stadium.

Series Record: Ryan leads the all-time series 3-1.

What happened last week: After another slow start, Ryan held Mesquite Poteet to three points in the second half en route to a 24-13 win. Ryan scored 17 second-half points to erase a 10-7 halftime deficit. Wylie East dominated Hallsville, 49-0. Both teams are now 2-0 heading into this Week 3 encounter.

What to expect: A lot of Iowa commit, Eno Benjamin. He is Wylie East’s all-purpose running back who is now their quarterback, too. That means Benjamin, who rushed for more than 4,300 yards and 66 touchdowns over the previous two seasons, will have the ball in his hands practically every play. It’s an intriguing matchup between a solid athlete like Benjamin and a Ryan defense that has been playing lights out so far this season. Ryan has failed to produce points early on in both its games thus far, and will need to buck that trend to improve to 3-0.

Final say: A few people laughed at me last year when I predicted Ryan would jump out and beat Wylie East, 42-10. Ryan bailed me out with a 43-20 win, so clearly I wasn’t that far off. I think Ryan wins this game, too, but given Ryan’s slow starts as of late, my latest prediction is a bit more tame. Either way, I think Ryan rolls behind a revived offense and a steady defense that finds a way to contain Benjamin.

Prediction: Ryan 30, Wylie East 14

AP Poll Week 2: Argyle no longer No. 1 in 4A, Ryan and Denton looking good in 5A

Argyle Eagles head coach Todd Rodgers gather the team for a prayer after the game during the second half of a 4A High School State Semifinals football game between Argyle Eagles Vs Abilene Wylie Bulldogs on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Waco, Texas. DRC Jose Yau

Argyle Eagles head coach Todd Rodgers gather the team for a prayer after the game during the second half of a 4A High School State Semifinals football game between Argyle Eagles Vs Abilene Wylie Bulldogs on Friday, December 11, 2015, in Waco, Texas. DRC Jose Yau

There was plenty of movement in The Associated Press’ state poll this week. The biggest of those moves was Argyle, which fell from its top spot in Class 4A to No. 2 despite improving to 2-0 with its win over La Grange. That makes West Orange-Stark your new No. 1 team in Class 4A.

In Class 5A, Ryan held firm at No. 3 behind Cedar Park and Aledo while Denton moved all the way up to No. 8 following its win over Sanger.

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team’s ranking in last week’s poll:

Class 6A
School Total Points Prv
1. Allen (21) (2-0) 241 2
2. DeSoto (3) (2-0) 224 3
3. Converse Judson (1) (2-0) 198 4
4. Katy (1-1) 142 5
5. Lake Travis (1-1) 126 8
6. Austin Westlake (1-1) 122 1
7. Euless Trinity (2-0) 112 10
8. Cedar Hill (1-1) 74 9
9. Cibolo Steele (1-1) 41 7
10. Galena Park North Shore (1-1) 22 6

Others receiving votes: 11, Lufkin 16. 12, Houston Lamar 12. 13, San Angelo Central 11. 14, The Woodlands 9. 15, Pearland 7. 16, Dickinson 6. 17, Manor 4. 18, Mansfield 2. 18, Odessa Permian 2. 18, Richmond George Ranch 2. 21, Tyler 1. 21, Southlake Carroll 1.

Class 5A
School Total Points Prv
1. Cedar Park (14) (2-0) 231 1
2. Aledo (7) (2-0) 222 2
3. Denton Ryan (2) (2-0) 198 3
4. Manvel (2) (2-0) 190 4
5. Temple (2-0) 151 5
6. Frisco Lone Star (2-0) 127 6
7. Richmond Foster (2-0) 89 9
8. Denton (2-0) 32 NR
9. Lancaster (1-1) 21 NR
10. Texarkana Texas (2-0) 19 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Waxahachie 18. 11, Dallas Highland Park 18. 13, College Station 14. 14, Grapevine 10. 15, CC Calallen 7. 16, Waco 5. 17, Crosby 4. 18, Canyon 3. 18, Dripping Springs 3. 18, Lubbock Cooper 3. 18, Boerne-Champion 3. 22, Mansfield Legacy 2. 22, Mansfield Timberview 2. 22, Port Neches-Groves 2. 25, Hutto 1.

Class 4A
School Total Points Prv
1. West Orange-Stark (10) (2-0) 229 2
2. Argyle (13) (2-0) 228 1
3. Waco La Vega (1) (2-0) 191 3
4. Gilmer (2-0) 178 4
5. Carthage (2-0) 148 5
6. Kennedale (2-0) 101 7
7. Cuero (1) (2-0) 95 8
8. China Spring (2-0) 80 10
9. Liberty Hill (2-0) 38 NR
10. Abilene Wylie (1-1) 16 6

Others receiving votes: 11, Henderson 15. 12, Celina 13. 13, La Grange 12. 14, Geronimo Navarro 9. 15, Van 6. 16, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 4. 16, El Campo 4. 18, Navasota 2. 18, Pampa 2. 18, Sinton 2. 21, Sweetwater 1. 21, Bridge City 1.

Class 3A
School Total Points Prv
1. Brock (18) (2-0) 241 1
2. Cameron Yoe (3) (2-0) 223 2
3. Newton (4) (2-0) 196 3
4. Franklin (2-0) 169 4
5. Malakoff (2-0) 159 6
6. Canadian (1-1) 80 9
7. Sunnyvale (2-0) 72 NR
8. La Marque (2-0) 37 NR
9. Waskom (1-1) 35 5
10. White Oak (2-0) 29 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, East Bernard 26. 12, Big Sandy Harmony 21. 13, Crockett 14. 14, Wall 13. 15, Grandview 9. 16, Mineola 8. 17, Kountze 7. 18, Gunter 6. 18, Cisco 6. 20, Odem 4. 21, Sonora 3. 21, Teague 3. 21, Hitchcock 3. 21, Boling 3. 21, Hallettsville 3. 26, Rockdale 2. 26, Shallowater 2. 28, Elysian Fields 1.

Class 2A
School Total Points Prv
1. Refugio (20) (2-0) 245 1
2. Bremond (5) (2-0) 229 2
3. Iraan (2-0) 182 4
4. Stratford (2-0) 160 5
5. Albany (2-0) 147 6
6. Mart (2-0) 107 7
7. Tenaha (2-0) 85 8
8. Muenster (2-0) 67 9
9. Lovelady (1-0) 50 10
10. Shiner (1-1) 38 3

Others receiving votes: 11, Alto 23. 12, Post 15. 13, Wellington 13. 14, Goldthwaite 7. 15, Weimar 3. 16, Seagraves 2. 16, Price Carlisle 2.