URBANDALE, Iowa -- Trinity (Euless, Texas) will begin the 2010 season in a familiar position. The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the preseason National Prep Football Poll for the second time in three years. They return 15 starters from last year's Class 5A/I championship team and will be seeking its fourth state title in six seasons.
Starting at the top of the poll, there is a distinct Texas flavor throughout the rankings. Defending 5A/II titlist Abilene checks in at No. 3 and three-time defending 4A champion Lake Travis (Austin) -- with its three consecutive 4A titles -- is right behind at No. 4. Stony Point (Round Rock), a 5A semifinalist the last two seasons, begins the season at No. 19.
Texas isn't the only state with four teams in the initial rankings. The No. 2 team in the poll is Plant (Tampa), winner of three Florida state titles in four years. State bragging rights will be on the line Sept. 16 when the Panthers will travel to Texas to face No. 2 Abilene. There are two more Sunshine State squads in the top 10 with defending 4A champion Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens) at No. 6 and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) checking in at No. 7. A fourth Florida team in the poll is No. 21 Manatee (Bradenton)California is also represented with four teams in the preseason rankings. No. 9 Grant (Sacramento) leads the Golden State's contingent followed by fellow Northern Cal power De La Salle (Concord) at No. 14. The top teams from Southern California to the start the season figure to be No. 15 Servite (Anaheim) and No. 24 Mission Viejo.