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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.



Team (Record)

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




Team (Record)

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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Not my job: Texans no match for the Ravens

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The Texans fell to the Ravens 33-16 in a game they had a shot at winning. Most of you reading this will probably think I'm crazy for saying that. I assure you, I meant what I said. One of the reasons they didn't was because Bill O'Brien made a few questionable decisions that cost this team.

The first was the 4th & 1 decision. Deciding to go for it was bad enough. They were down 3-0 near the end of the first quarter with the ball on their own 34-yard line. This is not a situation that calls for a gamble or statement play. The play call itself was okay I guess: a play action bootleg with two short options. It was read and played perfectly by the Ravens defense. Deshaun Watson had nowhere to go with the ball and had to throw it at Darren Fells' back before getting sacked. That led to a quick Ravens touchdown and an early 10-0 deficit. I seriously think he has PTSD after that playoff loss to the Chiefs when it comes to fourth down calls. Bumbling Bill strikes again!

When they got the ball back, they scored a touchdown thanks to more play action passes and pre-snap motion. It was as if Bumbling Bill realized his offensive line was outmatched by the front seven they're opposing. Sure Watson is mobile and looks like a magician escaping sacks, but misdirection helps throw the defense off and keeps Watson from breaking into 177,000,000 pieces. Oh, and the quick reads were a good idea as well. Too bad Bumbling Bill went away from that and opted for longer developing routes. Or will he blame it on Timid Tim Kelly? Or was Waiting Watson holding onto the ball too long? I blame all three.

Also, can we stop starting drives with the predictable run, run, pass combo please? First down should be play action rollout with Watson having the ability to choose to run if it's there. More run/pass/option plays need to be called as well. Incorporate more things that we saw when Watson was on his way to winning rookie of the year before his knee was sacrificed for the Astros.

Credit where it's due: the end of the first half to get a field goal with a minute and change left was good to see. Typically, these situations tend to make Bumbling Bill come out. I liked the quick slant to Cobb with no timeouts. They were able to spike the ball and get the field goal up.

The game was still within reach at 23-13 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. On a 4th & 1, they gave up a 30 yard touchdown run on a direct snap to Mark Ingram. I saw gaps on both sides of the defensive line pre-snap. Sure enough, Ingram got a lead block from the Ravens human plough of a fullback and that effectively put the nail in the coffin at 30-13. I know the tendency is to quarterback sneak or run up the middle, but don't leave gaps along the defensive line trying to stack the middle. First time defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver will take the L on this one.

Overall, I'll give O'Brien and his coaching staff a C- this game. Mistakes were made that could've cost them a legit shot at winning, but the Keke Coutee fumble return for a touchdown wasn't their fault. The play calling menu was brought to us this week by Craft Pita via the "What's Eric Eating" podcast. Tune in next week for another "Not my job!"

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