Brennan had an open date last week but the Bears, 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Zone B of District 27-6A, remain No. 1 in the KENS 5 San Antonio high school football Super 10 rankings.
Brennan, which has won 30 consecutive regular-season games, faces Jay on Thursday night.
No. 2 Brandeis (7-0, 2-0) plays No. 4 O’Connor (5-1, 2-0) in a showdown for sole possession of first place in Zone B at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Farris Stadium.
In another Friday night game with district-championship implications, No. 3 Steele (7-1) plays at Judson (4-3) in a duel of teams unbeaten in 25-6A play. Steele is 4-0 and Judson is a half-game back at 3-0.
Churchill, No. 3 in last week’s Super 10 Rankings, dropped to No. 6 after losing to then-No. 6 Reagan 27-10 in a matchup of the last two teams undefeated in 26-6A play.
The Churchill loss cleared the way for Steele, No. 4 last week, O’Connor (5) and Reagan (6) to move into the No. 3, No. 4 and No 5 spots, respectively this week.
KENS 5 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
SAN ANTONIO SUPER 10 RANKINGS – Oct. 20, 2014
1. Brennan (7-0): Bears had an open date last week.
2. Brandeis (7-0): Broncos play O’Connor in showdown of District 27-6A Zone B co-leaders.
3. Steele (7-1): Knights play Judson on Friday night in matchup of teams unbeaten in 25-6A play.
4. O’Connor (5-1): Panthers clash with No. 2 Brandeis in key 27-6A Zone B game.
5. Reagan (7-1): Rattlers beat Churchill 27-10 to take control of 26-6A race.
6. Churchill (6-1): Chargers slipped from No. 3 after 27-10 loss to Reagan.
7. Boerne Champion (7-0): Chargers were open last week, host Lockhart on Friday night.
8. Smithson Valley (4-3): Rangers rolled to 42-17 victory over Clemens to go to 2-1 in 25-6A.
9. Stevens (5-2): Falcons beat Taft 28-14 for fourth consecutive victory.
10. Alamo Heights (6-2): Mules open this week after cruising to 45-0 win over Memorial.
Ten other teams to watch: Antonian (6-1), Brackenridge (5-3), Burbank (4-3), Floresville (5-3), Judson (4-3), Kerrville Tivy (5-2), MacArthur (4-3), Navarro (7-1), Sam Houston (6-2), Southside (6-1).
Teams that dropped out of Top 10: None.
Although Brandeis and O’Connor have played each other only six times since Brandeis’ first season in 2008, the rivalry between the schools is undeniable. The Broncos lead the series 4-2.
Brandeis has gone undefeated in district play each of the past two seasons and is 60-11 since finishing 4-6 in its first season (2008). The Broncos have won at least nine games in each of their previous five seasons, going 12-2, 9-3, 10-2, 12-2 and 10-2.
“This is an opportunity for our kids that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, no matter what happens,” O’Connor coach David Malesky said Monday. “It’s become a huge rivalry in San Antonio. It kind of reminds me the Jay-Holmes matchups, the Churchill-Judson matchups from years gone by.
“It’s not just a football game, but it’s a rivalry between the communities as well. I think it kind of helps highlights the good things about high school athletics. It really unites each community. They know us, we know them. It’s just about going out and playing the game of football, and not letting the emotion of the rivalry get to you.”
Brandeis went 12-2 in 2009 and made history as the first school from the San Antonio area to advance to the state quarterfinals in only its second varsity season. John Campbell has gone 64-17 as the only head coach in the Broncos’ history.
O’Connor opened in 1998 and has made the playoffs 11 times. The Panthers’ best season was in 2012, when they finished 12-2 and advanced to the state semifinals.
Malesky was O’Connor’s defensive coordinator under Danny Padron for eight seasons before getting promoted to head coach in 2010, when Padron left for Texas Lutheran. The Panthers have gone 37-20 under Malesky and have advanced to the playoffs in each season of his tenure
“They’ve got an advantage on us right now,” Malesky said. “We’ve lost really, really close games each of the past two years.”
Brandeis beat O’Connor 47-9 in Malesky’s first season as head coach, but the games have been close each of the past three seasons. The Panthers took a 17-14 victory in 2011, and the Broncos won 27-20 in 2012 and 12-10 last year.