Top-ranked Chaminade Julienne and Coldwater joined Bellbrook as the No. 1 teams in their respective regions of the first Ohio High School Athletic Association computer football ratings released on Tuesday.
The ratings made their debut after Week 4 games. The Associated Press announced its first high school state football polls last week.
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CJ and Coldwater are both 4-0 and No. 1 in the state football polls. CJ was rated No. 1 in Division III, Region 12 of the computer ratings and Coldwater was tops in D-VI, Region 24.
Bellbrook (4-0) held a slight lead as the top-rated team in D-III, Region 11.
Five other area teams were ranked second in the computer ratings:
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• Northmont (4-0) was second to Pickerington North in D-I, Region 3.
• Troy (4-0) trailed only Kings in D-II, Region 8.
• Surprising Carroll (4-0) was runner-up to CJ in D-III, Region 12. The Patriots were 1-9 last season.
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• Middletown Madison (4-0) was second to Portsmouth West in D-V, Region 20.
• Fort Loramie (2-2) was No. 2 to Convoy Crestview in D-VII, Region 28.
Unlike the state football polls that are voted on weekly by state-wide media, the football computer ratings are based on a numerical formula.
First-level computer points are earned for wins and second-level points for wins by a defeated opponent. A team’s divisional status also is part of the sliding-scale point value, with D-I generating the most points.
The top eight teams in the final computer ratings following Week 10 games qualify for the postseason and the top four earn first-round home games. The playoffs shift to neutral sites in Week 12 (region semifinals).
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A shakeup of the computer ratings is assured, beginning this week. Carroll is at CJ in a Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North game. Other things of note:
• Greater Western Ohio Conference members Northmont, Springfield (No. 4), Miamisburg (No. 6) and Fairmont (No. 7) all were among the top eight D-I, Region 3 teams. Wayne was No. 10, but will join that bunch should it beat visiting Northmont on Friday.
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• CJ and Carroll were joined by six other area teams among the top eight in D-III, Region 12: Fenwick (No. 3), Trotwood-Madison (No. 5), Alter (No. 6), and Butler (tied for No. 8).
• Two-time defending D-VI state champ Marion Local (4-0) could do no better than No. 4 in D-VI, Region 24.
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• There are two games on Thursday. Bethel (3-1) is at Miami East (3-1) in what will play a big role in determining the Cross County Conference championship. Also, Belmont (0-4) plays Thurgood Marshall (0-4) at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Both games are at 7 p.m.
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