Covington ranked No. 1 in AP state football poll


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



COLUMBUS – Covington moved up to a No. 1 ranking in this week’s Associated Press state football poll while Darke County teams continue to be unranked.

Five weeks ago Versailles was ranked 17th in Division V in the first AP poll of the season. The Tigers fell out of the rankings the following week.

Versailles is the lone Darke County football team to have been ranked in the AP poll this season.

A number of other schools with local connections are ranked this week. Wayne from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 2 in Division I, Troy from the GWOC is ranked No. 7 in Division II, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 8 in Division III, Coldwater from the Midwest Athletic Conference is ranked No. 2 in Division V, Marion Local from the MAC is ranked No. 2 in Division VI, St. Henry from the MAC is ranked No. 17 in Division VI, Covington from the Cross County Conference is ranked No. 1 in Division VII, and Fort Recovery from the MAC is ranked No. 10 in Division VII.

Below is how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the sixth weekly Associated Press poll of 2016, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

DIVISION I
1. Cincinnati Colerain (22) 8-0 248
2. Huber Heights Wayne (1) 7-0-1 216
3. Powell Olentangy Liberty (1) 8-0 185
4. Lakewood St. Edward (1) 6-1 166
5. Pickerington Central 7-1 138
6. Cleveland St. Ignatius (1) 7-1 134
7. Stow-Munroe Falls 7-1 74
8. Solon 7-1 56
9. Hilliard Bradley 7-1 50
10. Canton Mckinley 6-2 34

Others receiving 12 or more points: Dublin Jerome 32. Hilliard Davidson 26. Massillon Jackson 25. Dublin Coffman 14.

DIVISION II
1. Avon (15) 8-0 245
2. Cincinnati Turpin (3) 8-0 191
(tie) Holland Springfield (3) 8-0 191
4. Chardon (2) 8-0 153
5. Warren G. Harding 7-1 126
6. Cincinnati La Salle (3) 6-2 121
7. Troy 7-1 115
8. Grafton Midview 7-1 79
9. Aurora 7-1 78
10. Bedford 7-1 42

Others receiving 12 or more points: Columbus Franklin Heights 21. Massillon Perry 17. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. 14.

DIVISION III
1. Columbus St. Francis DeSales (15) 8-0 235
2. Toledo Central Catholic (7) 8-0 228
3. Wapakoneta (1) 8-0 158
4. Akron Hoban (2) 7-1 157
5. Franklin 8-0 135
6. Alliance Marlington 8-0 121
7. St. Marys Memorial 8-0 95
8. Trotwood-Madison (1) 8-0 80
9. Columbus Bexley 8-0 71
10. Sandusky 7-1 49

Others receiving 12 or more points: New Philadelphia 31. Warren Howland 19. Cincinnati Mount Healthy 18.

DIVISION IV
1. Johnstown-Monroe (13) 8-0 218
2. Kettering Archbishop Alter (7) 8-0 208
3. Perry 8-0 164
4. Plain City Jonathan Alder (1) 8-0 145
5. Port Clinton (2) 8-0 136
6. Steubenville (1) 7-1 108
7. Cincinnati Wyoming 8-0 103
8. Columbus Bishop Hartley (1) 6-2 59
9. Mantua Crestwood 8-0 49
10. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 5-2 46

Others receiving 12 or more points: Clarksville Clinton-Massie 40. Heath 40. Peninsula Woodridge 30. Ottawa-Glandorf 16. Struthers (1) 15.

DIVISION V
1. Wheelersburg (21) 8-0 240
2. Coldwater (1) 7-1 208
3. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (1) 8-0 200
4. Sugarcreek Garaway (1) 8-0 171
5. Creston Norwayne (1) 7-1 145
6. Milan Edison 7-1 98
7. Swanton 7-1 68
8. Pemberville Eastwood 7-1 63
9. West Salem Northwestern 7-1 52
10. Canfield S. Range (1) 7-1 51

Others receiving 12 or more points: Coshocton 34. Orwell Grand Valley 30. Canton Central Catholic 13. Jamestown Greeneview 12.

DIVISION VI
1. Kirtland (16) 8-0 230
2. Maria Stein Marion Local (5) 7-1 213
3. Hamler Patrick Henry (5) 8-0 202
4. Cleveland Cuyahoga Heights 8-0 149
5. Bucyrus Wynford 8-0 134
6. Mechanicsburg 8-0 125
7. Liberty Center 7-1 85
8. Beverly Fort Frye 8-0 78
9. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 7-1 55
10. Defiance Ayersville 8-0 37

Others receiving 12 or more points: Delphos Jefferson 27. New Middletown Springfield 23. Hannibal River 17. St. Henry 15.

DIVISION VII
1. Covington (8) 8-0 209
2. Norwalk St. Paul (5) 8-0 205
3. Warren John F. Kennedy (12) 8-0 198
4. Monroeville 8-0 156
5. Mogadore 7-1 151
6. McComb 7-1 149
7. Troy Christian 7-1 89
8. Waterford 7-1 81
9. Portsmouth Sciotoville Community 8-0 26
10. Fort Recovery 5-3 20

Others receiving 12 or more points: Toronto 13. Glouster Trimble 13. Ada 12. Lucas 12. Hicksville 12.

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By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.