TYLER — Mabank and DeKalb were 2-8 and 4-6 last season, respectively.
Both teams have started the season at 5-0 and have made their way into the #bEASTTexas Fabulous 15 polls for Week 6 of the high school football season.
Mabank has five wins in a season for the first time since 2007 after a 58-28 win over Ferris and is No. 13 in the Class 6A/5A/4A rankings.
DeKalb has had just two winning seasons in the past 10 years, but has a win over Daingerfield in its undefeated start and is coming off of a 38-0 victory over Queen City.
The Bears are No. 14 in the Class 3A/2A/TAPPS rankings.
The top four in the Class 3A/2A/TAPPS rankings remained the same with Jefferson getting 10 of the first-place votes, and Malakoff taking three first-place votes. Diboll, San Augustine and 5-0 West Rusk round out the top five.
Longview was the unanimous top pick in the big-school rankings. Carthage, Lufkin, Pleasant Grove and Tyler Lee round out the top five.
John Tyler and Whitehouse joined Mabank as newcomers, while Lindale and Mount Pleasant fell out.
Kilgore, one of many schools with an open date this week, is ranked 15th after losing its last two games to Texas High and to Pittsburg (13-12 at Pittsburg a week ago).
Sabine is ranked ninth in the 3A-2A-TAPPS poll. See both polls with this story.
Kilgore is off this weekend, and Sabine played at Tatum on Friday. See our story now at kilgorenewsherald.com.
Voters in the poll were Jack Stallard, Hayden Henry and George Whitley of the Longview News-Journal, Phil Hicks and Brandon Ogden of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, J. Scott Russell of the Panola Watchman, Nathan Hague of the Marshall News Messenger, John Krueger of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Josh Havard of the Lufkin Daily News, Mitch Lucas of the Kilgore News Herald, freelance writer Joe Hale, Reagan Roy of CBS 19 and Harlen the Sports Guy of the Friday Night Scoreboard Show.