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New VYPE rankings: Winning formula? Running and defense

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Originally appeared on Vype.com.

The area-round is complete as the UIL Texas High School Playoffs move onto the regional round. The power programs are rising and the competition is getting fierce. Staying healthy is paramount and mistakes can flip games in an instant. 

Katy is destroying teams with old-fashioned football — running the ball and great defense. That can be said for Klein Collins, Cy-Fair, Westfield and North Shore. Atascocita, Lamar, Langham Creek and Friendswood do it by outscoring their opponents.

Class 5A is anchored by Manvel, Angleton and FB Marshall, while Foster has been a bit of a surprise. Manvel will have an epic matchup against Cedar Park this week.

Stay tuned to vypehouston.com for upcoming predictions and don’t miss our VYPE SCOREBOARD SHOW Friday’s at 10:15 on 97.5 FM.

CLASS 6A TOP 20

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Katy (10-0) Atascocita Could be Interesting
2 Klein Collins (11-0) Will Longview Be a Test?
3 Cy-Fair (12-0) Should Take Care of Friendswood
4 Westfield (11-0) ‘Stangs Will Roll Lufkin
5 Lamar (9-1) Game of the Week vs North Shore
6 Atascocita (10-1) Must Use Athleticism vs Katy
7 Langham Creek (10-1) Kingwood Will Have Tough Time Keeping Up
8 North Shore (8-3) TOUGH OUT in Postseason
9 Friendswood (9-3) Just Got by Summer Creek
10 The Woodlands (7-3) What Could Have Been?
11 Kingwood (6-5) Miracle Season After Flood
12 Klein Oak (7-4) Smashed By Cedar Ridge
13 Cypress Ranch (8-3) Katy Was Too Much
14 Dickinson (8-3) Atascocita Can Put Up Points
15 Strake Jesuit (8-3) Cy-Fair had Too Many Playmakers; D
16 FB Bush (7-2) Stubbed Toe Against Katy Taylor
17 Clear Lake (8-4) Fell in Close One to Kingwood
18 Clear Springs (8-3) Crushed by North Shore
19 Summer Creek (7-4) Heartbreaker to Friendswood
20 Klein (7-4) Good Fight vs Hendrickson

 

CLASS 5A TOP 10

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Manvel (11-0) Tough Cedar Park Up Next
2 Angleton (11-0) CC Flour Bluff a Speed Bump
3 FB Marshall (9-2) Can Buffs Slay the Hippos?
4 Foster (8-3) Falcons Knock Off Undefeated Drip Springs
5 Magnolia West (9-2) Whacked By Temple
6 New Caney (8-3) No Chance vs FB Marshall
7 Crosby (8-2) Heartbreaker to PNG
8 Galveston Ball (6-5) Port Arthur Memorial Too Tough
9 Texas City (5-6) Hung with Port Neches-Groves
10 Waltrip (8-1) Kings of HISD

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Another tough loss for Houston. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans lost again as their road game ineptitude continues. Former Texans stars DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt helped the Cardinals to the 31-5 victory.

1. The lack of talent is getting exposed earlier and earlier each week. The Texans have seen games slip away faster and faster from them each week. The team is overmatched almost everywhere.

2. Penalties remain a problem for the Texans. It seems like clockwork the team gets an illegal motion or illegal formation each week. Jordan Akins torpedoed a drive with a chop block. Max Scharping erased a positive play with a hold.

3. Davis Mills had some solid moments, but again, this team isn't good. It is hard to assess Mills with this team. He's making quicker decisions but he doesn't have the time or the players to make big plays.

4. The offensive line stinks. The interior of the line is still a mess and with Laremy Tunsil down the edges find themselves shaky as well. The running backs don't block well. The blocking tight ends don't block well. It is bad football in what was supposed to be a much-improved unit.

5. Desmond King was the best returner in the preseason. The team elected to give Andre Roberts an opportunity for a few games, but with his departure, the duties went to King. King is the most successful returner the Texans have had in a long while. Yes, it is that clear after just one game.

6. Max Scharping was benched in favor of Justin McCray. McCray produced similar levels of success. Scharping was benched last year for a journey-man veteran as well. The former second-round pick isn't getting it done.

7. Speaking of former second-round picks, Lonnie Johnson had an interception. That was the highlight of his day. Otherwise, Johnson frequently has me asking "what is Lonnie Johnson doing?" The former second-round pick at cornerback has been less than impressive at safety. Johnson seems to frequently be out of position or making the wrong choice in coverage.

8. DeAndre Hopkins had a solid day against the team that traded him away. Hopkins hauled in seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. After he scored, Hopkins looked to bring his hands together and mimic a prayer motion. I don't anticipate this was a nod to Arian Foster but perhaps could this have been about Jack Easterby?

9. The Texans had some sacks, but little of that action came when the game was close. Jonathan Greenard added two sacks to his total. The success Greenard is having is frustrating when you consider he couldn't get on the field last season. Charles Omenihu returned to action and had some pressures for the defense.

10. During the game reports surfaced that the Panthers might be interested in trading for Deshaun Watson. It was also reported by the Houston Chronicle Watson had vetoed a trade to Philadelphia, so the Eagles will not be involved in the Watson sweepstakes. The Panthers can only trade two first-round picks. The Miami Dolphins have three first-round picks they can trade for Deshaun Watson.

11. The Texans decided on a "culture" head coach in David Culley. His team has looked lifeless on the road. While the Texans took their beating, the Lions gave it their all against a good Rams team. Detroit is winless, but they play harder and better than the Texans. It grows clearer each week "culture" is meaningless if the team can't win.

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