Week 1 5A/4A Poll: John Tyler Claims the No. 1 Spot
John Tyler's 35-21 win against Lufkin and Longview's 41-8 loss to Coppell at SMU have catapulted Cujo to the No. 1 spot in ETSN's 5A/4A weekly poll.
John Tyler (1-0) will protect its newly minted top ranking at Lancaster on Friday.
Longview (0-1) fell from first to third following its surprising 33-point loss to Coppell, and by default that gave Lufkin (0-1) a bump to No. 2. Sulphur Springs' overtime goal-line stand against Tyler Lee (0-1) that preserved a 35-34 victory kept the Wildcats (1-0) at No. 4. That loss dropped Tyler Lee a spot to sixth, while Jacksonville (1-0) jumped two spots to fifth following its 34-30 road upset of Carthage.
Whitehouse's 14-point fourth quarter helped the Wildcats (1-0) beat Hallsville 35-18, a win that moved Whitehouse up a spot to No. 7. Like John Tyler and Jacksonville, Lindale (1-0) climbed two spots from 10th to eighth after its surprising 31-14 win against Chapel Hill.
Texas High (1-0) was this week's hard-luck case. The Tigers beat interstate rival Arkansas High 13-7, but slid from sixth to ninth.
Another District 14-4A team, Mount Pleasant (1-0), replaced league mate Hallsville in the top 10. Hallsville's road loss to Whitehouse and Mount Pleasant's 57-27 rout of Paris led to the Tigers' breaking into the poll at No. 10.
ETSN Week 1 5A/4A Top 10
1.John Tyler (1-0) -- def. No. 3 Lufkin, 35-21
- Preseason rank -- No. 2
- This week: at Lancaster
2.Lufkin (0-1) -- lost to No. 2 JohnTyler, 35-21
- Preseason rank -- No. 3
- This week: vs. Tyler Lee
3.Longview (0-1) -- lost to Coppell, 41-8
- Preseason rank -- No. 1
- This week: vs. North Little Rock (Ark.)
4.Sulphur Springs (1-0) -- def. Tyler Lee, 35-34 (OT)
- Preseason rank -- No. 4
- This week: vs. Sherman
5.Jacksonville (1-0) -- def. Carthage, 34-30
- Preseason rank -- No. 7
- This week: vs. Palestine
6.Tyler Lee (0-1) -- lost to Sulphur Springs, 35-34 (OT)
- Preseason rank -- No. 5
- This week: at Lufkin
7.Whitehouse (1-0) -- def. Hallsville, 35-18
- Preseason rank -- No. 8
- This week: vs. Chapel Hill (at Tyler's Rose Stadium)
8.Lindale (1-0) -- def. Chapel Hill, 31-14
- Preseason rank: No. 10
- This week: at Carthage
9.Texas High (1-0) -- def. Arkansas High, 13-7
- Preseason rank: No. 6
- This week: at Shreveport Evangel Christian Academy
10.Mount Pleasant (1-0) -- def. Paris, 57-27
- Preseason rank: --
- This week: at Liberty-Eylau
Newcomers: No. 10 Mount Pleasant
Dropped out: No. 9 Hallsville (lost to Whitehouse, 35-18)