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KENS 5 football rankings: No. 1 Steele, No. 2 Judson clash Friday night | USA Today High School Sports

Steele running back Bryson Denley comes face to face with Judson safety Delmarkus Dokes in last year's District 25-6A game at Judson's Rutledge Stadium.

Steele running back Bryson Denley comes face to face with Judson safety Delmarkus Dokes in last year’s District 25-6A game at Judson’s Rutledge Stadium.

The son of former Clemens football coach Robert Lehnhoff, Steele football coach Scott Lehnhoff practically grew up at the stadium named after his father and mother, Glenda, a former secretary in the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD athletic department.

“It’s a neat deal,” Scott Lehnhoff said Tuesday. “Every now and then, I’ll pause in pregame and look up there (at the scoreboard) and see their name. I’m proud for them and their accomplishments, but that’s completely separate from what I’ve done in my job. I really don’t dwell on it.”

Before he worked the sideline as a Clemens ballboy, Scott Lehnhoff watched the Buffaloes play from the stands. He even recalls “losing” a pacifier once or twice during a game when he was a toddler.

“For some reason, I remember Mom being really upset with me because I dropped my pacifier when I was about 2 years old,” said Lehnhoff, 35. “I dropped it on the concession-stand roof from up in the stands. I think we were playing Judson that night, actually, getting our butt kicked.”

While Judson is 6-0 against Clemens since 1980, Lehnhoff has yet to lose to the Rockets since he joined Mike Jinks’ coaching staff at Steele in 2005 and became head coach in 2013.

The Knights are 5-0 against Judson since their first meeting in 2010, when Steele moved up to the UIL’s largest classification. The Knights edged the Rockets 25-24 in a district game that year and went on to win the Class 5A Division II state championship.

Steele (8-0) and Judson (7-0) square off in one of the area’s most anticipated games this season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lehnhoff Stadium. Extra bleachers have been moved into the stadium and a crowd of more than 7,000 is expected to watch the rivals clash.

“As coaches, we haven’t circled this date on our calendar or anything,” Judson coach Sean McAuliffe said. “It just happens to be the next game on our schedule. They happen to be undefeated and we happen to be undefeated. They’ve got a good team and I think we’ve got a pretty one over here.”

McAuliffe is 0-3 against Steele since he went to Judson as Mark Smith’s defensive coordinator in 2012. McAuliffe was promoted to head coach last year when Smith went to Madison.

The Knights scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left to beat the Rockets 23-22 last year. Steele won 34-20 in 2011, 42-35 in 2012 and 51-34 in 2013.

“As far as the fans and the communities involved, I think some of the excitement generated around the game is because you’ve got two pretty good football programs that are right down the street from each other,” McAuliffe said. “We both were able to do some good things last year and the records are what the records are this year.

“That generates a buzz, plus our kids grew up knowing each other. Sometimes they’ve gone to school with each other. There’s some built-in excitement around it. Anytime you get to compete against people that you know and have done a great job, there’s a tendency for the game to get hyped up quite a bit. It’s always fun when you get to play people that you know.”

Judson and Steele both lost in the 6A state semifinals last year, but each was a play or two from playing in the title game of their respective divisions.

No matter what the coaches say, this is not your garden-variety district game.

“It would be coachspeak to say it’s just another week,” Lehnhoff said. “The fact is our kids are excited about it. It’s been a great game in the past and we expect another great game on Friday. Our kids know their kids. We’re in very close proximity to them.

“They’re undefeated, we’re undefeated. We expect a great crowd. There’s definitely a little bit more focus, there’s a little bit more energy to practice. You can talk about each week is important as much as you want, but the fact is they know what this week is about.”

KENS 5 Class 6A Area Rankings

1. Steele (8-0)
District: 25-6A
Last week: Defeated New Braunfels  47-3
Ranking last week: No. 1
The skinny: The Knights are 5-0 against Judson and scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left to edge the Rockets 23-22 last year. 
This week: vs. No. 2 Judson, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Lehnhoff Stadium

2. Judson (7-0)
District: 25-6A
Last week: Bye
Ranking last week: No. 2
The skinny: The Rockets have had two weeks to prepare for their highly anticipated game against Steele.
This week: at No. 1 Steele, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lehnhoff Stadium

3. Reagan (8-0)
District: 26-6A
Last week: Defeated Churchill 51-40
Ranking last week: No. 3.
The skinny: Junior quarterback Kellen Mond had another stellar game in the win over Churchill, completing 14 of 18 passes with no interceptions for 218 yards and four TDs.
This week: vs. No. 10 MacArthur, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

4. Clemens (6-2)
District: 25-6A
Last week: Defeated Smithson Valley 57-56
Ranking last week: No. 7
The skinny: Junior quarterback Frank Harris hooked up with Samuel Kearns for a 10-yard TD with 31 seconds left and ran for the two-point conversion to give the Buffaloes the one-point victory.    
This week: Bye

5. Smithson Valley (5-2)
District: 25-6A
Last week: Lost to Clemens 57-56
Ranking last week: No. 4
The skinny: Rangers coming off heartbreaking loss in which they led Clemens 56-49 before the Buffaloes scored with 31 seconds left and won the game with a two-point conversion. 
This week: vs. Wagner, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

6. Brennan (5-2)
District: 27-6A, Zone A
Last week: Bye
Ranking last week: No. 6
The skinny: Bears are closing in on another showdown with Stevens for the 27-6A Zone A title in the last week of the regular season.
This week: vs. Jay, Saturday, 7 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

7. Stevens (6-1)
District: 27-6A, Zone A
Last week: Defeated Taft 26-20
Ranking last week: No. 8
The skinny: Junior Bryce Rivers completed 22 of 37 passes with no interceptions for 277 yards and three TDs in the win over Taft.
This week: vs. Warren, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Gustafson Stadium

8. O’Connor (5-2)
District: 27-6A, Zone B
Last week: Defeated Clark 38-9
Ranking last week: No. 9
The skinny: This week’s game against Brandeis is for sole possession of first place in Zone B.
This week: vs. Brandeis, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Farris Stadium

9. Lee (6-2)
District: 26-6A
Last week: Defeated MacArthur 59-57
Ranking last week: Unranked
The skinny: The Volunteers have won six games in a season for the first time since 1991.
This week: Bye

10. MacArthur (5-2)
District: 26-6A
Last week: Lost to Lee 59-57
Ranking last week: No. 5
The skinny: Brahmas led 57-56 before Lee kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2:50 left and then hung on for the two-point victory.
This week: vs. No. 3 Reagan, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Comalander Stadium

KENS 5 Sub-6A Area Rankings

1. Kerrville Tivy (7-0)
District: 27-5A
Last week: Defeated San Marcos 48-14
Ranking last week: No. 1
The skinny: Tivy senior Cade Dyal completed 19 of 34 passes for 316 yards and four TDs, but was intercepted twice in the Antlers’ win over San Marcos. 
This week: at Seguin, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

2. Boerne Champion (4-3)
District: 27-5A
Last week: Bye
Ranking last week: No. 2
The skinny: Chargers (4-1) trail second-place Lockhart (5-1) by a half-game in the 27-5A standings. 
This week: at Lockhart, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

3. Sam Houston (8-0)
District: 28-5A
Last week: Defeated Edison 48-0
Ranking last week: No. 3
The skinny: A Hurricane warning has been issued for the Harlandale area Friday night.
This week: at Harlandale, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Harlandale Memorial Stadium

4. Navarro (7-0)
District: 13-4A, Division II
Last week: Defeated Hondo 56-7
Ranking last week: No. 4
The skinny: The Panthers racked up 582 yards of total offense in the rout of Hondo. 
This week: Bye

5. Somerset (6-1)
District: 29-5A
Last week: Defeated Medina Valley 35-28
Ranking last week: No. 5
The skinny: Senior running back Joshua Avila has rushed for 1,239 yards, averaged 10.68 yards a carry and scored 13 TDs. 
This week: at Uvalde, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

6. Alamo Heights (5-3)
District: 27-5A
Last week: Defeated Memorial 56-0 
Ranking last week: No. 6
The skinny: Mules are fourth in the 27-5A standings, trailing Kerrville Tivy, Lockhart and Boerne Champion.
This week: Bye

7. San Marcos (5-2)
District: 27-5A
Last week: Lost to Kerrville Tivy 48-14
Ranking last week: No. 7
The skinny: Rattlers still have a shot at a playoff spot.
This week: vs. Kennedy, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

8. Boerne (5-2)
District: 14-4A, Division I
Last week: Defeated Fredericksburg 31-14
Ranking last week: No. 9
The skinny: Greyhounds bounced back from their loss to Taylor in their district opener with the victory against Fredericksburg.
This week: vs. Liberty Hill, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

9. Fredericksburg (5-2)
District: 14-4A, Division I
Last week: Lost to Boerne 31-14
Ranking last week: No. 8
The skinny: Battlin’ Billies are 1-1 in district play.
This week: at Canyon Lake, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

10. Medina Valley (4-3)
District: 29-5A
Last week: Lost to Somerset 35-28
Ranking last week: No.10
The skinny: Walker Petty completed 22 of 38 passes with no interceptions for 268 yards and three TDs in the loss to league-leading Somerset. 
This week: vs. Southside, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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