Each week, the good folks over at Rivals update their Top 100 high school football poll. I don't envy the writers who have to vote on the Associated Press polls for their individidual states, much less the entire country. Still, a lot of effort went into the list and, as a bonus, three Houston-area schools were honored.
Cinco Ranch was the highest rated school from the area, clocking in at 21 after a 42-21 victory over Klein Forest last Friday moved them up from No. 27. Not wanting to be outdone, Katy rose to No. 27 after beating the pants off North Shore 44-6. Katy was ranked 52nd last week. Finally, my own, dear alma mater The Woodlands actually dropped three slots to No. 36 despite beating Prepa Tech 44-7. It appears North Shore is slightly more highly regarded than Prepa Tech...
The highest ranked schools in Texas are Euless Trinity at No. 5 and Abilene at No. 7. There were also a couple well-known schools making the list as Miami Central (FL) is at No. 3, Hoover (AL) is at No. 10 and DeMatha (MD) is at No. 13. Those are well-known to other people besides me, right? Come on, you know you remember that MTV series on Hoover High.
The Chronicle's Sam Khan, Jr. named Clear Lake's C.J. McElroy as the Boys Athlete of the Week. Look at his stat line from Friday night against Pasadena Memorial:
The Houston commitment carried the ball five times for 149 yards and two scores, caught four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, threw a 74-yard TD pass and had a 97-yard kickoff return for a score.
Most receivers would settle for four catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. That's a great game. Most running backs would be thrilled to pick up 149 yards and two touchdowns. Most QBs would love to connect just once on a 74-yard touchdown pass and most returners could go years without popping one for a touchdown. McElroy did all those in one game. If this last paragraphs was too derivative of the quote above, it's because this kid went freakin' crazy! He deserves to have his accomplishments repeated.