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VYPE rankings: The top 20 entering postseason play

Cy-Fair has dominated their schedule in 2017. Photo By Jimmie Aggison

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

And just like that, the 2017-18 high school football regular season is over. Hard to believe isn’t it?

The season took a wild turn due to Hurricane Harvey and some schools will never be the same. Everyone came together and made adjustments to pull off a great season.

So now it’s do-or-die as the playoffs begin this week. Here are the rankings entering the postseason.

Several of the names are familiar power programs including Katy, Manvel, The Woodlands, Klein Collins and Westfield among others. Other teams who are not household names may include Ridge Point, Langham Creek, FB Bush and New Caney, but they are in the dance.

So let’s get it started as the race to the state finals begins this week.

CLASS 6A 

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Katy (8-0) Another Undefeated Season; Regional Favs
2 Klein Collins (9-0) Gave Up 8 Pts per Game; District Champs
3 Cy-Fair (9-0) Original CFISD Team Closes Out Historic 17-6A
4 Westfield (9-0) Rolled Through Season; Defense Gave Up 8 ppg
5 The Woodlands (7-1) Only Loss on Last Second Kick by Katy; Peaking
6 Ridge Point (8-1) Kings of FBISD
7 Lamar (7-1) Only Loss to No. 2 Klein Collins in 1st Game
8 Atascocita (7-1) Eagles are for Real; Umblemished in District
9 Spring (8-1) Solid on Both Sides of Ball; Could be Sleeper
10 Bush (7-1) Class 6A DII Regional Favorites
11 Langham Creek (8-1) Loss to Cy-Fair, But Could be DII Challenger
12 Cinco Ranch (8-1) Kuithe Brothers Out Will Make it Tough
13 Clear Springs (7-2) Took Down Clear Lake for District Title
14 North Shore (6-3) Here Come the MUSTANGS
15 Hastings (6-2) Fear the District Champ Bears
16 Klein Oak (6-3) Good Bounce Back Season After Slow Start
17 Deer Park (6-3) Solid Defense; Solid Offense – Nothing Sexy
18 Cypress Ranch (7-2) Pretty Strong Finish; Graduation Caught Up to Them
19 Strake Jesuit (7-2) Crusaders Headed to Playoffs
20 Dickinson (7-2) Gators Coming Alive

 

CLASS 5A

Rank

Team (Record)

Comment
1 Manvel (9-0) Now the Run to State
2 Angleton (9-0) Are they at Full Strength?
3 FB Marshall (7-2) Will be Tough Out in Playoffs
4 New Caney (7-2) Unleashed on Crosby
5 Crosby (9-1) Limping Into Postseason?
6 Magnolia West (8-1) Stumbled Vs Hunstville
7 Waltrip (8-0) Big Game Vs Crosby
8 Magnolia (5-4) Slips into Playoffs
9 Porter (7-3) Great Back-to-Back Seasons
10 Foster (6-3) Falcons Have High Hopes

 

 

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Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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