Top Texas High School Football Teams

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The Katy Tigers didn't just claim the Texas High School title over the weekend. They were named national champs in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national football rankings. Katy went into the championship weekend as the third-ranked team nationally, but their dominant 34-7 win over previously unbeaten Lake Travis vaulted them to the top spot in the country.

1. Katy Tigers (2015): In 2015, the Katy Tigers were arguably the best high school football team in the state and maybe even the nation. The Tigers were known for their crushing defense all season long. Under head coach Gary Joseph, the Tigers held their opponents to a total of 62 points. That’s an average of 3.8 points per game. The Tigers’ offense also scored 778 points that season. Their march to state began with a 59-20 win over 2014 6A Division 1 State Finalist Cypress Ranch in the Area round, a 35-17 win over Manvel in the Region 3 Final, an impressive 38-0 drubbing of Cibolo Steele in the State Semifinal, and another impressive 34-7 win over Austin Lake Travis in the 6A Division 2 State Championship. This Katy Tigers team comes in at number one because of the fact they were fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball all season long and the only high school football team to be this dominant this decade. 

2. Aledo Bearcats (2013): 91-0. Does that look familiar to you? The Aledo Bearcats made national headlines in 2013 because they beat Fort Worth Western Hills 91-0 and a Western Hills parent had reported Aledo for bullying. The Bearcats, under head coach Tim Buchanan, scored 1,023 points in 16 games, which was a state record. They scored 682 points in the regular season alone and scored a shocking 341 points in the playoffs. The Aledo Bearcats capped off a 16-0 season with a 38-10 victory over Brenham in the 4A Division 2 State Championship game, which pushed them over the 1,000 point mark. They didn’t have the defensive domination that Katy had but the Bearcats offense was something that probably won’t ever be seen again.

3. Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers (2016): The revenge tour began immediately after the Cavaliers lost to Katy, who came in number one in this list, 34-7 in the 2015 6A Division 2 State Championship. But it wouldn’t be without a bump in the road as the Converse Judson Rockets upset the Cavaliers 35-28 in week one. Then, the Cavaliers used an impressive air attack under senior QB Charlie Brewer, who threw for 3,927 yards that season, to rattle off 15 straight victories in the most dominating fashion. The Cavaliers beat Austin Westlake, another powerhouse, twice; 49-7 in the regular season and 51-3 in the Regional Finals. Along with that, the Cavs won 40-21 over a really good Smithson Valley squad in the Area round, 63-21 over Humble Atascocita in the State Semifinals, and an impressive 41-13 victory over The Woodlands in the 6A Division 1 State Championship. This Cavaliers team overcame adversity to pull off one of the most impressive state championship runs in Texas High School Football history. 

4. Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (2018): Head coach Jon Kay has led the Mustangs to an impressive streak during this decade. The North Shore Mustangs made a statement early with a 35-21 victory over the Katy Tigers in week one. Players that highlighted this team like sophomore quarterback Demetrius Davis who passed for 3,368 yards and junior Zachary Evans who ran for 1,784 yards led the Mustangs to a 16-0 season. You may remember the iconic hail mary in the 6A Division 1 State Championship game from Demetrius Davis to senior wideout AJ Carter in the far corner of the endzone to give the North Shore Mustangs a 41-36 victory over the Duncanville Panthers. This Mustangs team will go down as one of the most dominant Houston area teams in Texas H.S. Football history. Loaded with underclassmen, this wasn’t supposed to be their best team.

5. Canadian Wildcats (2015): The Canadian Wildcats have been the most dominant small-school football team in the 2010s. They have had only one non-10 win season this decade and have two state championships, four overall. One of those two state championships this decade came in 2015, the schools last season in Class 2A Division 1. In 2015, the Wildcats rolled over every opponent with the closest margin of victory being 17 points in week one. The Canadian Wildcats outscored their playoff opponents 331-76, including a 61-20 thumping of Refugio in the 2A Division 1 State Championship at NRG Stadium in Houston.

6. West Orange-Stark Mustangs (2016): Ever since 2011 when Cornell Thompson took over, the Mustangs of West Orange-Stark have been on an impressive streak including seven regional final appearances and four consecutive state title appearances from 2014-2017. In 2016, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs fielded their most impressive teams in the school’s history. Under senior quarterback Jack Dallas and with the help of a really strong defense, the Mustangs outscored opponents 811-59. They outscored playoff opponents 290-39 including blowing out previously unbeaten Geronimo Navarro 49-7 and shutting down the Sweetwater offense 24-6 in the 4A Division 2 State Championship.

7. Allen Eagles (2014): 2014 marked the end of an impressive winning streak under head coach Tom Westerberg. It also marked the end of the Kyler Murray era at Allen. The Eagles had a high-flying offense under senior quarterback Kyler Murray who threw for 4,713 yards and rushed for 1,495 yards. In 2014, the Eagles capped off a second consecutive 16-0 season and a third straight 6A Division 1 State Championship with a dominating 47-16 victory over Cypress Ranch. This Allen team was one of the best the large suburb has ever seen.

8. Falls City Beavers (2010): The Falls City Beavers kicked off the new decade with a huge season. The Beavers completed their best season in school history at 14-1 and a 1A Division 2 State Championship in dominating fashion. Under head coach Mark Kirchoff and senior runningback Colin Dziuk who rushed for over 1,915 yards, the Beavers outscored district opponents 314-25. The Beavers also dominated their playoff opponents including a 32-7 victory over Windthorst in the 1A Division 2 State Championship.

9. Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers (2011): Under second-year head coach, Hank Carter and junior quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is now playing in the NFL, led the Cavaliers to a state-record fifth straight 4A state championship. The Cavaliers capped off a 16-0 season in dominating fashion. They won by double digits in 14 of their 16 games, including a 22-7 win over Waco Midway in the 4A Division 1 State Championship game. In 2011, Baker Mayfield threw for 3,788 yards out of 6,457 yards in his high school career. This team capped off the fifth straight state championship as the Cavaliers went up to the state’s largest classification the following year.

10. Carthage Bulldogs (2017): Head coach Scott Surratt has led the Bulldogs to an impressive showing in the 2010s. The Bulldogs dominated 4A Division 1, winning by double digits in 15 of 16 games including a 49-21 drilling of Kennedale in the state championship game. Senior quarterback Gunner Capps threw for over 3,856 yards and senior running back Keaontay Ingram ran for roughly 2,325 yards in one season. Ingram is now playing college ball at the University of Texas. This was the most dominant Carthage team in the school’s history and in the decade.

Honorable Mention:

Duncanville Panthers (2019) – As of right now the Panthers on track for a rematch with Galena Park North Shore in the 6A Division 1 State Championship, which is highly anticipated. Senior quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson has lead Duncanville’s dominating, powerful, and high-flying offense to thirteen blowouts. 

DeSoto Eagles (2016) – The Eagles from DeSoto had struggled to get passed the giant, the Allen Eagles for consecutive years in the playoffs. Quarterback Shawn Robinson transferred his senior year from Denton Guyer and started for the Eagles and led them to a 16-0 state championship season with a dominating 38-29 performance over Cibolo Steele.