Southwestern Buckeye League leaders Bellbrook (Division III) and Madison (D-V) both rose to No. 2 in their respective divisions of the Associated Press high school football state polls that were released on Monday.
Bellbrook (7-0) has steadily risen in the weekly poll and is at its highest ranking. The Golden Eagles’ rankings surge coincides with Chaminade Julienne’s first loss in Week 7 to Fenwick, 34-19. CJ (6-1) slid to No. 7. Also bunched in D-III were Alter (No. 5) and Trotwood-Madison (No. 6).
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Madison (7-0) returns to No. 2 after dropping to third the previous two weeks.
Greater Western Ohio Conference members Fairmont (No. 8) and Northmont (No. 10) are among the D-I ranked teams. Northmont’s 25-7 defeat of previously unbeaten Springfield knocked the Wildcats out of the top 10.
Clinton-Massie (6-1) dropped one place to No. 6 in D-IV despite a 70-0 Week 7 defeat of Western Brown.
Midwest Athletic Conference rivals Coldwater (7-0) and Marion Local (7-0) remained 1-2 in D-VI, but just one point separates the state powers. They’re headed to a Week 10 showdown that likely will decide the MAC title. Like last year, that also could be a preview of a D-VI, Region 24 playoff final.
Mechanicsburg (6-1) dropped to No. 8 in D-VI following its first loss, 23-19 to West Jefferson.
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Minster (5-2) tumbled to No. 8 in D-VII following a 34-14 MAC loss at St. Henry. Minster hosts Marion Local on Friday. Fort Loramie (6-1) rose one spot to No. 5 in D-VII. Its only loss was the season opener to Minster.
The state polls are voted on by Ohio media that subscribe to the Associated Press. The weekly football computer rankings will be released on Tuesday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
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