Football rankings: Mullen, Arapahoe and Heritage join 5A poll

Regis Jesuit Mullen football

Mullen rejoined the 5A football rankings this week at No. 6. (Tim Visser/TimVisserPhotography.com)

Mullen, Arapahoe and Heritage all climbed into this week's CHSAANow.com football rankings after impressive wins over the weekend.

The Mustangs are No. 6 in Class 5A this week, while Arapahoe is No. 8 and Heritage is No. 9.

Cherry Creek remained the No. 1 team in 5A, getting 17 of the 18 first-place votes. Pomona dropped from No. 2 to No. 7 in Class 5A, following a stunning loss to Mullen. The Panthers held a 11-point lead in the third quarter but couldn't hang on. As a result, Columbine takes over the No. 2 spot this week.

Ralston Valley moved up behind the Rebels and is No. 3. Valor Christian sits at No. 4, and Regis Jesuit rounds out the top-5.

Cherokee Trail is the No. 10 team in 5A this week.

Dakota Ridge Pine Creek football

Pine Creek remained at No. 1 in 4A. More photos from their win over Dakota Ridge. (Lance Wendt/LanceWendt.com)

In 4A, Pine Creek once again received every first-place vote after they made a statement in their win over then-No. 3 Dakota Ridge on Thursday.

But it was Vista Ridge and quarterback Elway Tubbs that turned heads this week as they trounced then-No. 7 Ponderosa 57-35 Friday night. The Wolves leapt from No. 5 to No. 3 with a date with Pine Creek still on the horizon.

The Western Slope added two teams this week as Montrose comes in at No. 9 while Durango makes an appearance at No. 10.

The record-breaking numbers that Holy Family put up in the previous two weeks came to a halt as they were topped by Palisade in a big 3A matchup. The Bulldogs jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 as a result and even garnered a firs-place vote. Holy Family fell to No. 6.

Pueblo East remained No. 1 in 3A this week. Conifer was the lone newcomer in this week's 3A poll.

A 49-7 win over Denver West keeps Kent Denver in firm position atop the 2A rankings. But La Junta received a huge surge in votes after scoring 27 points off turnovers in a 33-14 win over Eaton. The Tigers jumped from No. 6 to No. 2.

They are joined in the 2A rankings by Sterling (No. 7), The Academy (No. 9), and Alameda (No. 10).

The top three spots in 1A remained intact, including No. 1 Paonia. Resurrection Christian garnered three first-place votes after an impressive 42-6 win over Platte Canyon.

Center is the lone newcomer in 1A at No. 10.

The 10 teams in the 8-man poll remain the same, but the order changed slightly thanks to Merino's win over Granada. The Bobcats fell from No. 4 to No. 8 and the Rams jumped one spot to No. 5.

Dayspring Christian remained No. 1 in 8-man.

Cheraw and Le Veta played their way into the 6-man rankings, coming in at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Fleming held on to the top spot in that poll.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. Polls are released each Monday.

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Football Polls

Voted upon by coaches and select media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Cherry Creek (17) 4-0 179 1
2 Columbine (1) 3-0 155 3
3 Ralston Valley 3-0 128 6
4 Valor Christian 2-2 108 4
5 Regis Jesuit 2-1 104 7
6 Mullen 2-1 83 -
7 Pomona 1-2 80 2
8 Arapahoe 3-0 59 -
9 Heritage 3-1 19 -
10 Cherokee Trail 2-1 17 9
Others receiving votes:
Grandview 12, Legacy 10, Rock Canyon 8, Poudre 6, Westminster 6, Fairview 5, Overland 5, Doherty 3, Rocky Mountain 2, Chaparral 1.
Dropped out
Grandview (5), Fairview (8), Rocky Mountain (10).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Pine Creek (15) 3-0 150 1
2 Longmont 3-0 128 2
3 Vista Ridge 3-0 116 5
4 Windsor 3-0 110 4
5 Greeley West 3-0 62 6
6 Dakota Ridge 2-1 61 3
7 Palmer Ridge 3-0 51 9
8 Rampart 3-0 30 10
9 Montrose 3-1 28 -
10 Durango 4-0 26 -
Others receiving votes:
Ponderosa 20, George Washington 11, Wheat Ridge 8, Aurora Central 7, Adams City 4, Denver South 4, Palmer 4, Mountain View 3, Mesa Ridge 2, Pueblo West 2, Liberty 1.
Dropped out
Ponderosa (7), Wheat Ridge (8).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Pueblo East (9) 3-1 134 1
2 Fort Morgan (3) 3-0 116 2
3 Palisade (1) 3-0 105 5
4 Rifle (1) 3-0 91 4
5 Roosevelt 2-1 66 6
6 Holy Family 2-1 64 3
7 Berthoud 3-0 48 7
8 Mead 3-0 36 10
9 Delta 2-1 33 8
10 Conifer 3-0 20 -
Others receiving votes:
D'Evelyn 19, Steamboat Springs 7, Evergreen 6, Mitchell 6, Harrison 5, Lewis-Palmer 5, Discovery Canyon 2, Eagle Valley 2, Pueblo County 2, The Classical Academy 2, Pueblo Central 1.
Dropped out
Lewis-Palmer (9).

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Kent Denver (8) 3-0 106 1
2 La Junta (2) 4-0 92 6
3 Bayfield 2-0 77 4
4 Brush (1) 2-1 75 3
5 Platte Valley 3-1 65 5
6 Eaton 2-1 57 2
7 Sterling 3-1 31 -
8 Lamar 2-1 28 9
9 The Academy 3-0 22 -
10 Alameda 3-0 20 -
Others receiving votes:
Faith Christian 11, Gunnison 8, Florence 5, Machebeuf 4, Olathe 2, Valley 2.
Dropped out
Faith Christian (7), Florence (8), Trinidad (10).

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Paonia (9) 3-0 126 1
2 Buena Vista (1) 3-0 111 2
3 Resurrection Christian (3) 4-0 110 3
4 Burlington 3-0 75 5
5 Cedaredge 3-0 64 7
6 Monte Vista 2-1 63 6
7 Rye 3-1 46 8
8 Platte Canyon 2-1 41 4
9 Meeker 1-2 23 9
10 Center 3-0 14 -
Others receiving votes:
Limon 12, Wiggins 12, Dolores 7, Crowley County 6, Peyton 3, Ellicott 2.
Dropped out
Crowley County (10).

8-man
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Dayspring Christian (8) 3-0 89 1
2 Sedgwick County (1) 3-0 68 3
3 Norwood 3-0 65 2
4 Sargent 3-0 54 5
5 Merino 3-0 52 6
6 Akron 2-1 48 7
7 Haxtun 3-0 34 8
8 Granada 2-1 27 4
9 Springfield 3-1 22 9
10 Holly 3-0 18 10
Others receiving votes:
Hoehne 6, Caliche 5, Vail Christian 4, Kiowa 3.
Dropped out
None.

6-man
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Fleming (5) 3-0 68 1
2 Eads (2) 3-0 65 2
3 Kit Carson 3-0 52 4
4 Arickaree/Woodlin 2-1 50 5
5 Pawnee 2-1 42 3
6 Otis 3-0 30 7
7 Hanover 3-0 26 6
8 Peetz 2-2 25 8
9 Cheraw 2-1 11 -
10 La Veta 3-0 7 -
Others receiving votes:
Cheyenne Wells 2, Primero 2, Walsh 2, Genoa-Hugo/Karval 1, Hi-Plains 1, Idalia 1.
Dropped out
Cheyenne Wells (9), North Park (10).