2 area teams No. 1 in 1st state football poll

The Coldwater and Marion Local high school football programs have more in common than being longtime Midwest Athletic Conference rivals: Both are divisional leaders in the first weekly Association Press polls.

Coldwater (3-0) was tops in Division V and drew five first-place votes. Runner-up Youngstown Ursuline drew more first-place votes – seven – but totaled 18 less total points. Defending D-V state champ Kirtland was third.

Marion Local (3-0) was the D-VI leader by a large margin over runner-up Mogadore. The Flyers drew 15 first-place votes, which matched D-I leader Cleveland St. Ignatius for most in any division.

Coldwater and Marion Local are also No. 1 in their respective divisions in the Prep Football Power Rankings.

The MAC also was represented in the D-VI poll by Delphos St. John’s (No. 3) and Minster (No. 6). Marion Local is the defending D-VI state champion.

The only other area team that made a legitimate threat for a top spot was Thurgood Marshall of the Dayton City League. The Cougars (3-0) were selected No. 2 in D-III and trailed top-ranked Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary by just 13 points.

Alter (2-0-1) also cracked D-III’s best, ranking No. 5. Athletic Director Chris Hart reported that the Knights’ game with visiting Napoleon this past weekend was suspended because of lightning. Both teams decided not to resume the contest.

According to Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, the result is a tie.

Trotwood-Madison, the D-II defending state champion, is just 1-2 and coming off a 21-14 setback to Wayne. However, the Rams drew a couple of first-place votes and rank No. 6, far behind lead Toledo Central Catholic.

No area team was among the state’s top 10 in D-I or D-IV.

The ratings are voted on by sports writers and broadcasters throughout the state. The weekly polls will continue through the end of the regular season.

AP football poll after Week 3

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the first weekly Associated Press poll of 2012, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

DIVISION I

1, Cle. St. Ignatius (15)

3-0

190

2, Cin. Colerain (2)

3-0

164

3, Cin. Moeller (3)

3-0

140

4, Lakewood St. Edward

3-0

137

5, Pickerington N.

3-0

63

6, Dublin Coffman (1)

3-0

60

7, Can. GlenOak (1)

3-0

58

8, Findlay

3-0

51

9, Austintown-Fitch (2)

3-0

50

10, Tol. Whitmer

3-0

42

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cin. St. Xavier 39. 12, Can. McKinley 32. 13, Springboro 30. 13, Mentor 30. 15, Willoughby S. 21. 16, Massillon Washington 20. 17, Hilliard Darby 19. 18, Cle. Glenville 18. 19, Gahanna Lincoln 15. 20, Lewis Center Olentangy 13. 20, N. Can. Hoover 13.

DIVISION II

1, Tol. Cent. Cath. (8)

3-0

179

2, Aurora (5)

3-0

112

3, Chardon (3)

3-0

108

4, Cin. Turpin (2)

3-0

103

5, Tiffin Columbian (1)

3-0

95

6, Trotwood-Madison (2)

1-2

73

7, Zanesville

3-0

65

8, Dresden Tri-Valley (1)

3-0

61

9, Copley

3-0

43

10, Mansfield Madison (1)

3-0

40

Others receiving 12 or more points: 10, Cols. Marion-Franklin 40. 10, Cin. Winton Woods 40. 13, Cin. Mt. Healthy 37. 14, Trenton Edgewood 34. 15, Tipp City Tippecanoe 33. 16, Cin. NW 29. 17, New Philadelphia 26. 18, Grafton Midview 23. 19, Fremont Ross 21. 20, Kent Roosevelt (1) 17. 21, Franklin 16. 22, Lodi Cloverleaf 15. 22, Norwalk 15. 24, Maple Hts. 12.

DIVISION III

1, Akr. SVSM (6)

3-0

159

2, Day. Thurgood Marshall (2)

3-0

146

3, Chagrin Falls (7)

3-0

139

4, Steubenville (3)

3-0

122

5, Kettering Alter (1)

2-0

119

6, Cols. Watterson (1)

3-0

86

7, Alliance Marlington (1)

3-0

82

8, Elida (1)

3-0

79

9, Youngs. Mooney (1)

1-2

52

10, Bellevue

3-0

48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Napoleon 33. 12, Granville 30. 13, Bryan 29. 14, Millersburg W. Holmes 25. 15, Jefferson Area 23. 16, Hubbard (1) 21. 17, Niles McKinley 20. 17, Plain City Jonathan Alder 20. 19, Thornville Sheridan 18. 20, Cols. DeSales 14. 21, Struthers 12.

DIVISION IV

1, Cols. Hartley (8)

3-0

164

2, Creston Norwayne (5)

3-0

135

3, Clarksville Clinton-Massie (2)

3-0

134

4, Genoa Area

3-0

103

5, Ironton (1)

3-0

97

6, Ottawa-Glandorf (3)

3-0

87

7, St. Clairsville (1)

3-0

63

8, Brookfield (1)

3-0

61

9, Cols. Ready

3-0

60

10, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

3-0

52

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Richwood N. Union 39. 12, Martins Ferry 36. 13, Streetsboro (1) 34. 14, Hamilton Badin (1) 33. 15, Middlefield Cardinal 25. 15, Gates Mills Hawken 25. 17, Milton-Union 15. 17, Kenton 15. 19, Wickliffe 13. 19, Perry 13. 21, Day. Chaminade-Julienne 12. 21, Beachwood 12.

DIVISION V

1, Coldwater (5)

3-0

197

2, Youngs. Ursuline (7)

3-0

179

3, Kirtland (8)

3-0

150

4, Lima Cent. Cath. (1)

3-0

103

5, Bucyrus Wynford

3-0

77

6, Hamler Patrick Henry

3-0

64

T7, Liberty Center (1)

3-0

57

T7, Columbiana Crestview

3-0

57

9, Northwood

3-0

45

10, Cuyahoga Hts.

3-0

43

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Loudonville 34. 12, Sugarcreek Garaway 31. 13, W. Liberty-Salem (1) 29. 14, Louisville Aquinas 25. 15, Anna 23. 16, Findlay Liberty-Benton 20. 17, Defiance Tinora 17. 17, Covington 17. 19, Bellaire 16. 20, Oak Hill 15. 21, Lucasville Valley 12.

DIVISION VI

1, Maria Stein Marion Local (15)

3-0

208

2, Mogadore (5)

3-0

140

3, Delphos St. John's (1)

2-1

125

4, McComb

3-0

105

5, Ada

3-0

102

6, Minster

3-0

92

7, Leipsic (1)

3-0

85

8, Malvern (1)

3-0

64

9, N. Robinson Col. Crawford

3-0

56

10, Shadyside

3-0

48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Fairport Harbor Harding 46. 12, Warren JFK (1) 45. 13, St. Henry 43. 14, Youngs. Christian 22. 15, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 17. 16, Portsmouth Sciotoville 16. 17, Ft. Loramie 12. 17, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 12.

 

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