The Grace Community football team is a favorite to make it to the state semifinals according to the TAPPS Division II preseason football coaches poll released Tuesday.
The Cougars are picked No. 4 in the initial rankings. Grace went 10-2 last year, setting a school record for wins.
TAPPS D-II District 2 foe Dallas Christian came in at No. 1 followed by Midland Christian and Grapevine Faith.
The state's coaches expect a big turnaround for All Saints under new coach Drew Starnes, with the Trojans coming in at No. 10 in the poll. All Saints won its first two games of the season last year before losing the following eight.
The rest of the top 10 included Fort Worth Christian at No. 5, Houston Lutheran South, Austin Regents, Houston Second Baptist and San Antonio Holy Cross.
The other two Tyler-area TAPPS schools, Bishop Gorman and Bullard Brook Hill, were among the others receiving votes.
The football season begins with All Saints taking on Harmony on Aug. 25 at Gorman's McCallum Stadium in the Tyler Football Classic.
Brook Hill and All Saints were also in the receiving votes in the Week 1 volleyball poll.
Carrollton Prince of Peace moved up one spot to take the No. 1 ranking while the biggest mover was San Antonio Christian, which went from not ranked to No. 5.
TAPPS Division II Preseason Football Coaches Poll
1. Dallas Christian
2. Midland Christian
3. Grapevine Faith
4. Grace Community
5. Fort Worth Christian
6. Houston Lutheran South
7. Austin Regents
8. Houston Second Baptist
9. San Antonio Holy Cross
10. All Saints
Others receiving votes: Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, Austin St. Michael's, Sugar Land Fort Bend Baptist, Bishop Gorman, Bullard Brook Hill, Austin Hyde Park, Frisco Legacy Christian.
TAPPS 4A Week 1 Volleyball Coaches Poll
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. Carrollton Prince of Peace (2)
2. San Antonio Holy Cross (3)
3. Sugar Land Fort Bend Christian (1)
4. Victoria St. Joseph (4)
5. San Antonio Christian (NR)
6. Austin Hyde Park (5)
7. Midland Christian (9)
8. Houston Lutheran South (6)
9. Austin St. Michael's (7)
10. Frisco Legacy Christian (8)
Dropped out: Fort Worth Christian (10)
Others receiving votes: Dallas Christian, Austin Regents, Bullard Brook Hill, Austin St. Dominic Savio, All Saints, San Antonio St. Mary's Hall