Cedar Park picked No. 5 in AP preseason 5A poll

Lake Travis and Westlake also grabbed Top 10 spots in the Class 6A preseason poll.


Three area teams will start the season ranked in the Top 10.

Two-time state champion Cedar Park will open its season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Class 5A poll of Texas high school football programs.

Manvel, which ended the Timberwolves’ playoff run last November in the third round, opens as the top-ranked Class 5A team. After spending much of last season considered among the favorites to win the title, Manvel beat Cedar Park before falling to eventual state runner-up Temple in the fourth round.

Defending 5A-DII champion Aledo, winners of six state titles in the last eight seasons, is ranked No. 2 in the AP preseason 5A poll, just ahead of last year’s 5A-DI champion Highland Park.

Lake Travis, which beat The Woodlands in impressive fashion to capture last year’s 6A Division I title, will open the 2017 season ranked No. 6 in the AP’s Class 6A poll.

The Cavaliers’ District 25-6A rival Westlake opens at No. 7.

Both teams lost their starting quarterbacks to Division 1 college programs, with Westlake’s Sam Ehlinger now on campus at the University of Texas and Lake Travis’ Charlie Brewer is now at Baylor.

Perennial powerhouse Allen opens as the top-ranked 6A team, followed by Katy and the 2016 6A-DII champion DeSoto.

Cedar Park will open the season on Friday, Sept. 1 at home against Waco Midway. Lake Travis travels to Converse Judson and Westlake travels to No. 2 ranked Katy the same night.