Calallen, Refugio open season atop Corpus Christi area high school football power rankings

Quinton Martinez
Corpus Christi Caller Times

Teams with aspirations of ending the season in Arlington open the year atop the Caller-Times High School Football power rankings. 

Calallen, a two-time state finalist, opens the year at No. 1 in the Class 5A/4A rankings.

The Wildcats are the preseason favorite to reclaim their District 15-4A Division I championship and return eight starters on defense.

Veterans Memorial, off its first appearance in the state semifinals — and first by a CCISD school since 1963 — begin the year at No. 2.

Refugio, a five-time state champion, will start the season No. 1 in the Class 3A/2A/Private School rankings.

The Bobcats return 16 starters and are the preseason No. 1 ranked team in the state in Class 2A Division I by Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

Caller-Times Class 5A/4A High School Football

Power Rankings

1. Calallen (0-0)

Defense. Defense. Defense. The Wildcats linebacker corps and secondary are veteran and talented and could lead the team to a special season.

Calallen's Terik Hickmon prepares to throw the ball during practice, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. This is the first week of practice.

2. Veterans Memorial (0-0)

New faces abound, including at quarterback and head coach, but to be the champ you have to beat the champ and everyone in Region IV-5A will take their swings at the Eagles.

Veterans Memorial's Quattro Perez runs through a drill during practice, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.

3. Flour Bluff (0-0)

Quarterback Nash Villegas is strong enough to beat you with his arm or legs if you give him time or a lane and the Hornets' huge and talented offensive line can do just that.

Flour Bluff's JoJo Martinez runs with the ball during practice, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.

4. Sinton (0-0)

The Pirates have experience all over the field and bring back an MVP candidate in Rylan Galvan at running back and a three-year starter at quarterback in Rene Galvan. 

Sinton's Elijah Brown runs during a drill, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. This is the first week of practice for the team.

5. Miller (0-0)

Although the Bucs lost one of the all-time leading passers in the Coastal Bend, Miller returns an experienced receiver corps led by Lonnie Adkism that will be able to put up points again.

Miller's Daejon Bisby practices during a drill, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. This is the first week of practice.

6. Rockport-Fulton (0-0)

A talented defense led by Payton McAlister and a physical offense guided by quarterback Ace Seibert and John Chupe make the Pirates a threat for the District 16-4A Division II title along with a deep playoff run.

7. Moody (0-0)

The Trojans have several of the area's best playmakers including Nathaniel Sada and Darrell Nation and again have the talent to challenge for a playoff spot in District 15-5A Division I.

Darrell Nation runs during a drill at football practice, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at Moody High School. High School football practices began Monday.

8. Alice (0-0)

With a full offseason behind them and a full regular season in front of them, the Coyotes hope to find momentum they were not able to build in 2020 behind jack-of-all-trades Ryan Salas.

Alice's Ryan Salas runs during a drill during practice, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. This is the first week of practice for the team.

9. Gregory-Portland (0-0)

The Wildcats made a splash by hiring Brent Davis to lead their football program after the veteran of South Texas spent more than a decade leading Class 6A San Angelo Central.

10. Carroll (0-0)

Carroll looks to build on momentum from last season after the Tigers' 7 on 7 team qualified for the state tournament with numerous standout skill position players returning. 

Carroll's football team hosts drills during practice, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at Carroll High School. This is the first practice of the season.

Class 3A/2A/Private High School Football

Power Rankings

1. Refugio (0-0)

The Bobcats are ranked No. 1 in the preseason for a reason, they return difference-makers all over the field and have a chip on their shoulder after losing to eventual state champion Shiner last season.

Refugio's Caleb Hesseltine prepares to throw the ball during practice, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. This is the first week of practice for the team.

2. Odem (0-0)

The Owls have been led by this senior class for several years and have a handful of players that are legitimate District MVP candidates. Odem will be favored to retain its district crown.

3. London (0-0)

With a defensive front that will be a handful for opponents, the Pirates aim to break through to the elusive third round of the playoffs.

4. Orange Grove (0-0)

One of the best quarterbacks in the state returns for his junior season leading the Bulldogs and as long as Cutter Stewart is on the field, Orange Grove has a chance to win every game.

5. George West (0-0)

A new coach will not change the district title aspirations for the Longhorns as the team has had success at all levels of its program for years.

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