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With three Heart of Texas teams taking the dive out of the state’s Top 10 rankings, other squads solidified their hold among the elite in the polls

Coming out of four weeks of the 2023 Texas high school football season, the cream certainly has begun to rise to the top. Unfortunately for some of the Heart of Texas elite teams have been bounced out of the state’s Top 10 teams in Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A.

Stephenville, Waco Connally and Comanche dropped out of their respective Top 10 polls, but China Spring, Tolar, Crawford, Mart, Abbott, Jonesboro and Oglesby solidified their positions among the elite, while Aquilla joined the ranks.

The defending state champion China Spring Cougars (3-1) climbed to No. 2 in the Class 4A, Division I state rankings after a 61-41 victory over Waco Connally, while the Stephenville Yellowjackets (2-2) dropped out from at No. 6, and the Waco Connally Cadets (3-1) dropped out of Class 4A, DII from No. 7.

Without a single squad among the Class 3A DI and DII Top 10 rankings, the Comanche Indians (3-1) dropped out of the Class 3A, DII poll after losing to Tolar.

Heart of Texas teams held their own in the two smaller polls as Class 2A, DI includes the third-ranked Tolar Rattlers (3-1), and the Crawford Pirates (2-1) moved down a spot to No. 10 while sitting idle last week; the perennial powerhouse Mart Panthers (4-0) held on to second in Class 2A, DII by knocking off Class 2A, DI’s sixth-ranked Centerville, 36-21.

In six-man football, the Abbott Panthers (4-0) dropped back to No. 3 despite a 50-0 victory over Bynum while the Jonesboro Eagles (3-1) held onto No. 5 by beating Newcastle, 50-38 in Class 1A, DI, and the Oglesby Tigers (4-0) remained the second-ranked team in Class 1A, DII with a dominating 54-8 win over Fredericksburg Heritage.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has published the state’s most respected Texas high school football rankings for decades, and became the official rankings provider for the Associated Press starting in 2019. The rankings are compiled by the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football staff, and weekly rankings are revealed live on “Texas Football Today” every Monday at 12:15 p.m. at

Check out the complete pre-season state rankings going into Week 1 in all classifications on the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football website: Dave Campbell’s Texas Football – Texas High School Football State Rankings

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