Football: Guyer ranked No. 1 in Class 4A; Argyle No. 7 in Class 3A

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Guyer Wildcats head coach John Walsh.

Guyer head coach John Walsh knew moving down to Class 4A after two years spent at the state’s largest classification would immediately bring lofty expectations heading into the 2012 season.

When The Associated Press released its preseason high school football polls Thursday, that was proven true as Guyer is set to enter the season as the No. 1 team in Class 4A, receiving 13 first-place votes and 228 points altogether.

“We understand it doesn’t mean anything compared to college football, but we work real hard as a program, 365 days a year, to earn respect,” Walsh said. “Just to get that respect, it’s nice. I think anyone wants to be respected, so we feel good about that.”

Argyle also checked in on the preseason poll, as the Eagles enter the season ranked seventh in Class 3A after losing in the Class 3A Division II title game in December.

Guyer finished last season with an 8-4 record in Class 5A, a year after a 5A Division II state championship game appearance. The Wildcats return a wealth of offensive talent in their first season back at the 4A level and should be poised to make another deep playoff run.

Walsh said he is perfectly fine with the high level of expectations placed on his program.

“In the end, we want to be state champions, so if people want to think we’re going to be, they’re just right along with our train of thought,” Walsh said. “It definitely doesn’t add pressure to us. We’re used to the media coverage. We’ve had lots of it the last four years.”

One of Guyer’s District 5-4A rivals is Wichita Falls Rider, which checked in at No. 8 on the preseason poll behind star quarterback J.T. Barrett, who is committed to Ohio State.

“I’m not too familiar with our district yet, but I’ve done some research with local coaches and they’re saying Rider is the team for us to beat in our district,” Walsh said. “I think our game will be a key matchup in the district race.

“You want big ballgames in your 10-game season just to prepare you for the big games that are ahead in the playoff race.”

At Argyle, head coach Todd Rodgers said his team’s recent run of deep playoff runs over the past three seasons, including last year’s state title game appearance, have catapulted his program into the realm of perennial powers.

“It’s always about encouraging the younger kids to uphold the tradition and keep them prepared as underclassmen,” Rodgers said. “I think our perpetual success over the past few years has probably prompted that preseason ranking.”

The ranking also gives Rodgers a little extra leverage on those rare days that things don’t go so well at practice.

“It doesn’t mean anything, but it’s leverage with the kids about not being lackadaisical and using it as motivation when things aren’t going well in practice,” he said. “Expectations are a good source of motivation. It doesn’t mean anything as far as what we’re doing and where we’re going, and no one will lay down just because we’re ranked No. 7. If nothing else, they’ll rise up and try to give themselves credibility. It puts a target on your chest, but it also makes you rise to the occasion.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is aboedeker@dentonrc.com .

Texas AP 2012 Preseason Poll

Here is The Associated Press 2012 preseason Texas high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2011 records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and last year’s final regular-season ranking, if any:

CLASS 5A

 

2011

Points

Prv

1. Southlake Carroll (8)

(16-0)

218

7

2. Lake Travis (9)

(16-0)

206

1 (4A)

3. Dallas Skyline (7)

(14-1)

199

5

4. Katy (1)

(12-1)

170

1

5. Cibolo Steele

(15-1)

117

4

6. Euless Trinity

(12-1)

103

3

7. DeSoto

(10-2)

71

8

8. Allen

(11-1)

65

2

9. Longview

(11-2)

63

6

10. Abilene

(10-4)

47

 

Others receiving votes: 11, Arlington Martin 41. 12, Manvel 18. 13, Pearland 15. 14, SA Madison 11. 15, The Woodlands 10. 16, Spring DeKaney 9. 17, La Porte 5. 18, Austin Westlake 3. 19, Hewitt Midway 2. 20, Lufkin 1. 20, Smithson Valley 1.

CLASS 4A

 

2011

Points

Prv

1. Denton Guyer (13)

(8-4)

228

 

2. Cedar Park (3)

(11-3)

199

9

3. Tyler (6)

(11-4)

196

 

4. Pearland Dawson

(12-3)

146

 

5. Dallas Highland Park

(12-1)

130

4

6. Aledo (3)

(14-2)

108

8

7. Leander

(8-4)

90

 

8. WF Rider

(10-4)

89

 

9. Angleton

(13-1)

74

7

10. CC Calallen

(13-2)

46

 

Others receiving votes: 11, Brenham 16. 12, Nederland 15. 13, Wichita Falls 11. 14, Kerrville Tivy 9. 15, Dallas Kimball 8. 16, Amarillo 3. 16, Wolfforth Frenship 3. 18, Sulphur Springs 2. 19, Sherman 1. 19, Corsicana 1.

CLASS 3A

 

2011

Points

Prv

1. Stephenville (15)

(11-3)

227

 

2. La Marque (5)

(11-3)

202

 

3. Carthage (2)

(9-4)

167

 

4. Coldspring-Oakhurst (1)

(14-1)

130

3

T5. Navasota (1)

(11-2)

125

 

T5. Wimberley (1)

(15-0)

125

2

7. Argyle

(14-2)

89

8

8. Waco La Vega

(11-1)

74

10

T9. Alvarado

(14-1)

42

6

T9. Celina

(11-1)

42

5

Others receiving votes: 11, Henderson 36. 12, Tyler Chapel Hill 32. 12, Gilmer 32. 14, Monahans 14. 15, West Columbia 13. 16, Sealy 9. 17, Bellville 6. 18, Abilene Wylie 5. 19, Kennedale 2. 19, Kilgore 2. 21, Melissa 1.

CLASS 2A

 

2011

Points

Prv

1. Refugio (17)

(15-0)

217

1

2. Cameron Yoe (3)

(6-5)

176

 

3. Daingerfield (3)

(10-4)

166

 

4. Newton (1)

(9-3)

152

 

5. Lexington

(11-3)

125

 

6. Tatum

(12-3)

119

 

7. Cisco

(14-1)

106

 

8. Wall

(11-1)

73

4

9. Hempstead (1)

(14-1)

51

3

10. Muleshoe

(12-2)

39

 

Others receiving votes: 11, Arp 38. 12, Corsicana Mildred 30. 13, East Bernard 23. 14, Crockett 17. 15, Littlefield 11. 15, Rogers 11. 17, Franklin 8. 18, Garrison 6. 19, Clarksville 2. 19, Commerce 2. 21, Elysian Fields 1. 21, Idalou 1. 21, New Boston 1.

CLASS 1A

 

2011

Points

Prv

1. Mart (11)

(11-3)

220

 

2. Stamford (7)

(13-3)

211

 

3. Munday (4)

(13-3)

195

 

4. Tenaha (2)

(14-0)

142

2

5. Falls City

(10-3)

114

 

6. San Augustine

(8-3)

108

 

7. Mason (1)

(15-0)

101

3

8. Burton

(12-3)

52

 

9. Windthorst

(11-2)

46

7

10. Goldthwaite

(7-5)

44

 

Others receiving votes: 11, Wellington 37. 12, Shiner 23. 13, Hubbard 16. 14, Ganado 14. 15, Albany 10. 15, Lindsay 10. 17, Alto 7. 17, Italy 7. 19, Muenster 6. 20, Joaquin 4. 21, Sunray 3. 22, Mount Enterprise 2. 22, Panhandle 2. 24, Stratford 1.

 

 


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