COMMENTARY: How We Would Have Seen TAPPS’ Rankings This Week

High school football season is back and what’s synonomous with football? Rankings.

We here at LSCSN were certainly excited to see the preseason Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) coaches rankings. Because there’s nobody that knows the teams better than the coaches.

However, we know that rankings also take time.

And in private and parochial schools, many folks wear many, many hats. We get it.

Rankings, though, stir the conversation week to week on the road to state championships, and we certainly hope to see a weekly poll as opposed to a biweekly – for football.

So, without TAPPS releasing new rankings this week as we were hoping to see, we took the liberty to post how we thought things might have been adjusted after week one’s games:

TAPPS Division I Football
1. Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy
2. Houston St. Pius X
3. Dallas Bishop Lynch
4. Dallas Parish Episcopal School
5. Fort Worth Nolan Catholic High School
6. Dallas Bishop Dunne High School
7. Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal
8. San Antonio Central Catholic
9. Houston St. Thomas High School
10. Midland Christian School

We would have moved St. Thomas down one slot with its loss to Strake Jesuit, move Midland Christian in with their win over El Paso Chapin and former #10 Argyle Liberty Christian out with their loss to Melissa.

TAPPS Division II Football
1. Cedar Hill Trinity Christian
2. Mesquite Dallas Christian School
3. Regents School of Austin
4. Houston Second Baptist School
5. Fort Worth Christian School
6. Grapevine Faith Christian School
7. Austin Hyde Park High School
8. Tyler Grace Community School
9. Tyler Bishop Gorman
10. Holy Cross of San Antonio

No changes in the first seven positions as all teams recorded a win in Week 1. We would have moved Grace Community to #8 spot with their 63-40 win over Canton, brought Tyler Bishop Gorman in at #9 for their 42-21 over Garrison and leave Holy Cross of San Antonio in at #10 for playing Hyde Park close in defeat. Houston Westbury Christian falls out after its loss to Dallas Christian.

TAPPS Division III Football
1. Waco Reicher Catholic
2. Lubbock Christian School
3. Lubbock Trinity Christian School
4. Geneva School of Boerne
5. The Woodlands Christian Academy
6. Victoria St. Joseph
7. Dallas Shelton School
8. Arlington Pantego Christian
9. Houston Lutheran South
10. Flower Mound Coram Deo Academy

It was a rough opening week for ranked teams as the top 10 went 5-5. We would have elevated all five winning teams, except leaving Geneva School of Boerne given their 26-9 loss to Second Baptist in the #4 spot. Given Victoria St. Joseph’s strong 59-12 win over Bloomington, we would have put them over Dallas Shelton’s win against Fort Worth Temple and then brought in Pantego, Lutheran South and Flower Mount Coram Deo Academy.

TAPPS Division IV Football
1. Dallas First Baptist Academy
2. Hallettsville Sacred Heart
3. The Woodlands Legacy Prep Academy
4. Shiner St. Paul Catholic
5. Tomball Rosehill Christian
6. Temple Central Texas Christian
7. Dallas The Covenant School
8. San Antonio St. Gerard
9. Bryan Brazos Christian School
10. Beaumont Legacy Christian Academy

Another division where the pre-season teams took it on the chin, going 3-7. And all in all, only five teams in the entire division won. This requires an extreme makeover. We would have rewarded Hallettsville Sacred Heart with its win over Legacy Prep by moving them to the #2 spot, yet only drop Legacy Prep down a spot given their loss. We would keep Shiner St. Paul in the #4 spot even though they suffered a three-TD loss to UIL Yorktown. We would then put the next three teams with wins and give Rosehill the nod over Central Texas Christian because the Northside Lions have been playing 11-man football while it is Ovilla’s first year. Otherwise, we would move Muenster Sacred Heart, Fort Worth Lake Country Christian and Fort Worth Calvary Christian out and San Antonio St. Gerard in with Central Texas Christian and Sacred Heart.

TAPPS 6M Division I Football
1. Dallas Lutheran High School
2. Austin Veritas Academy
3. Waco Vanguard College Prep
4. Katy Faith West Academy
5. Amarillo San Jacinto Christian
6. Houston Emery/Weiner School
7. Marble Falls Faith Academy
8. Giddings Lone Star Southeast
9. Round Rock Concordia
10. Lucas Christian Academy

The top three teams posted wins while #4 San Jacinto Christian fell to a top 5 UIL school Garden City on the road. Faith west beat TAPPS Division II-ranked Brazosport Christian while Emery/Weiner rolled over TCAF’s Azle Christian. Marble Falls Faith elevates win its win over SA Christian School at Castle Hills, while Lone Star Southeast, Round Rock Concordia and Lucas Christian would move in.

TAPPS 6M Division II Football
1. Bulverde Bracken Christian
2. Watauga Harvest Christian
3. Abilene Christian School
4. Granbury North Central Texas Academy
5. New Braunfels Christian Academy
6. Waco Live Oak Classical School
7. Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills
8. Lubbock All Saints Episcopal School
9. Lake Jackson Brazosport Christian
10. Longview Christian Heritage

We would leave Bracken in the top spot and elevate Watauga Harvest and Abilene Christian to places #2 and #3 for their big wins, but from there it is an evaluation of wins and losses against the quality of an opponent. New Braunfels and Live Oak lost to Division I #1 Dallas Lutheran and #3 Waco Vanguard, respectively. Reward Our Lady of the Hills for winning, but give All Saints Episcopal a spot for a two-point win over a solid Lueders-Avoca team. Credit is given to Brazosport for keeping it close against Faith West while Christian Heritage had the best of the rest with a mercy rule win over Chester.

TAPPS 6M Division III Football
1. Fredericksburg Heritage Christian
2. Baytown Christian Academy
3. San Marcos Hill Country Christian
4. Cedar Park Summit Christian
5. Wichita Falls Wichita Christian
6. Weatherford Christian School
7. Wichita Falls Notre Dame
8. Irving Faustina Academy
9. Longview Trinity School of Texas
10. Greenville Christian School

We would have left the top five as they are even though San Marcos Hill Country Christian lost, albeit to #4 powerhouse Calvert. Weatherford Christian, Wichita Falls Notre Dame and Faustina Academy all won, keeping them in the rankings. We would have brought Longview Trinity in for 45’ing Fruitvale, moved Plainview Christian out and given Greenville Christian a two-spot drop for its loss, even though they scored 71 points of their own.