New Names Cracking AP Polls

After week of staleness, AP high school polls show flexibility

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    New faces abound in polls.

    Unlike last week's polls, which had two new teams in the three highest classification, the newest Associated Press high school polls that were released on Monday have a good number of new teams, some who are re-entering the poll and some making their first appearance of the season.

    In Class 5A, the Dallas-Fort Worth area now boasts three schools in the state's top 5, with the top two spots being held down by Cedar Hill and Dallas Skyline, which have been No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for weeks now. Cedar Hill is rolling right along with its immensely talented running back duo of Ben Malena and Mason Hayes. When Malena got hurt on Friday, the Longhorns rolled in No. 3 RB Ronnie Green, who went for 139 yards on seven carries. Allen was No. 5 in the latest poll with its only loss to this point coming to Class 4A Longview to open the season, and the Eagles have a big matchup on Friday against Plano East, which will likely be for the District 8-5A title. The new face in the 5A poll is DeSoto, which entered the poll at the 10th and final spot. DeSoto's only loss was in the season opener when they lost a thrilling nailbiter to Cedar Hill.

    In Class 4A, Denton Guyer remains No. 2, but gained a first-place vote this week, giving them three of the 25 -- the most the Wildcats have gotten this year. Lake Travis still has the remaining 22. Waxahachie is No. 4 in the poll and still has a matchup left on its schedule with No. 7 Waco Midway. Highland Park kept its spot at No. 6 in the poll, and Aledo re-enters the poll at No. 9 after an early-season exit.

    In Class 3A, Argyle moved up a spot to No. 6 after an convincing win over archrival Sanger, and Prosper, which Argyle knocked out of the poll a few weeks ago, re-entered at No. 10.

    Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He hates shopping for cars, especially at Bankston Nissan in Lewisville.