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Texas High School Football Rankings: 5A Preseason Poll Released

The pool parties are dying out and school is starting up, which means fall is right around the corner. That means football -- NFL on Sundays, college football on Saturdays and high schools on Friday.

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The Associated Press already has preseason polls out, and several Dallas-area schools are on it.

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Checking in at No. 1 is Southlake Carroll, a perennial power that's sent both Chase Daniel and Greg McElroy to stardom in college and backup jobs in the NFL. They went 16-0 last year and have now won five of the last 10 5A state championships.

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Dallas Skyline, which perennially churns out D1 prospects, is DISD's only representative in the poll, checking in at No. 3 overall. Euless Trinity, which benefits from a substantial Polynesian population due to its location near DFW, is at No. 6 while Desoto, one of the inner-ring suburbs, is at No. 7.

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Allen, whose $60 million high school stadium you may have heard of, is right behind them at No. 8.

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On the whole, if you follow college football, you'll recognize most of the schools in the Top 10 -- Lake Travis, Katy Cibolo Steele -- as producing high-level players throughout the Big 12. That's not a coincidence.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.