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Ganado enjoys view from top of Class 1A poll

By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 6, 2011 at 4:06 a.m.
Updated Sept. 7, 2011 at 4:07 a.m.


Advocate-Area Ranked Teams

1. Ganado

2. Refugio

3. Schulenburg

Also receiving votes: East Bernard

10. Calhoun

GANADO - The football season is only two weeks old, but this year's Ganado team has already done something no other team from the school has ever done.

The Indians are ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' Class 1A state poll.

"It's a big thing because nobody's done it in Ganado's history before and for that to happen my senior year is great," said defensive end/running back Tyler Gorman. "The team has worked for three years to do what we've done and to just keep it up would be great."

Ganado began the season at No. 2 and won its first two games against Hallettsville (32-7) and Industrial (33-13), both Class 2A, Division I schools.

The Indians took over the top spot after previous No. 1 Canadian suffered a 24-18 loss to Meade, Kan., on Friday.

Ganado received 20 of 25 first-place votes and the players recognize the responsibility that comes with being the top-ranked team in the state.

"I think it's in everybody's mind when you go to practice," said senior tight end/defensive end Case Silliman. "You think are we practicing up to what our expectations are and are we playing like we're expecting to play as a team and what the community's thinking about and what our coaches think."

Ganado coach Jimmy Thompson has his mind focused on Friday night's game at East Bernard. The Brahmas received three votes in the Class 2A poll.

"It's an honor for our kids and it's an honor for our community," Thompson said. "All it is right now is a number. We obviously want to be No. 1 at the end of the year. It gives people something to talk about. It creates some excitement and some enthusiasm but other than that, that's all it is."

Ganado was not the only area team to move up in the state rankings.

Refugio went from No. 4 to No. 2 in the Class 2A poll after its 64-21 win over Hallettsville. Schulenburg jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 in the 2A poll after its 55-7 win over St. Joseph.

Calhoun remained at No. 10 in the Class 4A poll after its 42-12 win over Corpus Christi Ray.

Ganado's Thompson has experience with a team being ranked No. 1. Garrison held the top spot in 2003 when he led it to the Class 2A, Division II state championship.

"It was just like here," Thompson said. "Everybody knew we had a good team. We knew everybody was going to be ready for us.

"We don't even talk about it. It's something for our fans to talk about. We talk about trying to get ready and playing Friday night. We're trying to prepare as well as we can for this week. The rankings will take care of themselves if you do that."

Texas AP high school football poll

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 5A

School

RecordTotalPointsPrv

1. Allen (19)

(2-0)2431

2. Katy (3)

(2-0)2162

3. Euless Trinity (2)

(2-0)1883

4. Pearland

(2-0)1664

5. DeSoto (1)

(2-0)1645

6. Cibolo Steele

(2-0)1116

7. Coppell

(2-0)947

8. Longview

(2-0)728

9. Southlake Carroll

(2-0)549

10. Converse Judson

(2-0)29NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Arlington Martin 13. 12, Lufkin 11. 13, Klein Collins 8. 14, Round Rock Stony Point 2. 14, Round Rock Westwood 2. 16, SA Wagner 1. 16, Dallas Skyline 1.

Class 4A

School

RecordTotalPointsPrv

1. Lake Travis (22)

(2-0)2471

2. Denton Ryan (3)

(2-0)2192

3. Brenham

(2-0)1723

4. Stephenville

(2-0)1634

5. Smithson Valley

(2-0)1355

6. Dallas Highland Park

(2-0)1166

7. Aledo

(1-1)1137

8. Hewitt Midway

(2-0)778

9. Kerrville Tivy

(2-0)639

10. Port Lavaca Calhoun

(2-0)4410

Others receiving votes: 11, Cedar Park 8. 12, La Marque 5. 13, Manvel 4. 14, Montgomery 2. 14, Hutto 2. 16, Rosenberg Terry 1. 16, WF Rider 1. 16, New Braunfels Canyon 1. 16, Pearland Dawson 1. 16, Angleton 1.

Class 3A

School

RecordTotalPointsPrv

1. Tyler Chapel Hill (14)

(2-0)2381

2. Wimberley (5)

(2-0)2083

3. Henderson (5)

(2-0)2062

4. Argyle

(2-0)1764

5. Coldspring-Oakhurst (1)

(2-0)1416

6. Gilmer

(2-0)1148

7. Celina

(2-0)1117

8. Monahans

(2-0)509

9. Alvarado

(2-0)3610

10. Lindale

(2-0)31NR

Others receiving votes: 11, West Columbia 25. 12, Brownwood 22. 13, Carthage 10. 14, SA Houston 3. 15, Giddings 2. 16, Seminole 1. 16, Ingleside 1.

Class 2A

School

RecordTotalPointsPrv

1. New Boston (16)

(2-0)2343

2. Refugio (7)

(2-0)2094

3. Schulenburg

(2-0)1826

4. Godley (1)

(2-0)1657

5. Idalou

(1-1)10510

6. Daingerfield

(1-1)971

7. Crockett

(1-0)939

8. Tatum (1)

(1-1)872

9. Hempstead

(1-0)48NR

10. Littlefield

(1-1)235

Others receiving votes: 11, Lago Vista 19. 12, Bushland 16. 13, Arp 13. 14, Rogers 12. 14, San Saba 12. 16, McGregor 10. 17, Melissa 9. 17, Newton 9. 19, Holliday 6. 20, Mineola 5. 21, Corsicana Mildred 4. 22, Breckenridge 3. 22, East Bernard 3. 22, Franklin 3. 22, Omaha Pewitt 3. 26, Sonora 2. 27, Stanton 1. 27, Wall 1. 27, Crane 1.

Class 1A

School

RecordTotalPointsPrv

1. Ganado (20)

(2-0)2442

2. Mart (3)

(2-0)2163

3. Mason (1)

(2-0)1636

4. Garrison

(2-0)1595

5. Tenaha (1)

(2-0)1557

6. Canadian

(1-1)1011

7. Muenster

(2-0)938

8. Goldthwaite

(1-1)674

9. Windthorst

(1-1)559

10. Albany

(2-0)4610

Others receiving votes: 11, Clarksville 25. 12, Burton 21. 13, Alto 10. 14, Stamford 8. 15, Wellington 6. 16, Munday 2. 17, Price Carlisle 1. 17, Sunray 1. 17, Ben Bolt 1. 17, Iraan 1.

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