Marion Local ranked No. 1 in AP state football poll


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



COLUMBUS – Marion Local moved up to No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press’ Division VI state football rankings.

While Marion Local moved up, Darke County teams continued to be unranked in the state poll. Six 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, Miamisburg from the GWOC is ranked No. 11 in Division II, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 7 in Division III, Coldwater from the Midwest Athletic Conference is ranked No. 2 in Division V, Marion Local from the MAC is ranked No. 1 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 seventh 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 (21) 9-0 252
2. Huber Heights Wayne (2) 8-0-1 226
3. Powell Olentangy Liberty (1) 9-0 191
4. Lakewood St. Edward (2) 7-1 182
5. Cleveland St. Ignatius (1) 8-1 150
6. Pickerington Central 8-1 149
7. Stow-Munroe Falls 8-1 106
8. Solon 8-1 103
9. Hilliard Bradley 8-1 74
10.Dublin Jerome 8-1 19

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

DIVISION II
1. Avon (18) 9-0 241
2. Cincinnati Turpin (2) 9-0 222
3. Chardon (2) 9-0 179
4. Holland Springfield (2) 9-0 171
5. Cincinnati La Salle (3) 7-2 136
6. Warren G. Harding 8-1 129
7. Troy 8-1 120
8. Grafton Midview 8-1 94
9. Aurora 8-1 92
10. Massillon Perry 7-2 28

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Miamisburg 15. 12, Massillon Washington 13.

DIVISION III
1. Toledo Central Catholic (9) 9-0 241
2. Columbus St. Francis DeSales (14) 9-0 230
3. Akron Hoban (2) 8-1 178
4. St. Marys Memorial (1) 9-0 160
5. Franklin 9-0 154
6. Alliance Marlington 9-0 131
7. Trotwood-Madison (1) 8-1 100
8. Columbus Bexley 9-0 84
9. Wapakoneta 8-1 61
10.Sandusky 8-1 53

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, New Philadelphia 41. 12, Warren Howland 14.

DIVISION IV
1. Johnstown-Monroe (14) 9-0 231
2. Kettering Archbishop Alter (9) 9-0 217
3. Perry (1) 9-0 178
4. Cincinnati Wyoming 9-0 137
5. Steubenville (1) 8-1 136
6. Mantua Crestwood 8-1 89
7. Columbus Bishop Hartley (1) 7-2 85
8. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 6-2 67
9. Peninsula Woodridge 9-0 61
10.Heath 9-0 59

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Plain City Jonathan Alder 45. 12, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 39. 13, Port Clinton 36. 14, Struthers (1) 23. 15, Lewistown Indian Lake 20. 16, Hubbard 15.

DIVISION V
1. Wheelersburg (17) 9-0 236
2. Coldwater (5) 8-1 226
3. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 9-0 186
4. Sugarcreek Garaway (2) 9-0 182
5. Creston Norwayne (1) 8-1 133
6. Milan Edison 8-1 130
7. Swanton 8-1 98
8. Pemberville Eastwood 8-1 92
9. Canfield S. Range (2) 8-1 60
10.West Salem Northwestern 8-1 53

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Coshocton 21. 12, Canton Central Catholic 12. 12, Orwell Grand Valley 12.

DIVISION VI
1. Maria Stein Marion Local (16) 8-1 228
2. Cleveland Cuyahoga Heights (4) 9-0 218
3. Hamler Patrick Henry (5) 9-0 203
4. Bucyrus Wynford 9-0 159
5. Mechanicsburg 9-0 150
6. Kirtland (1) 8-1 125
7. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (1) 8-1 104
8. Beverly Fort Frye 9-0 95
9. Defiance Ayersville 9-0 83
10.Delphos Jefferson 8-1 27

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, New Middletown Springfield 26. 12, Hannibal River 21. 13, Liberty Center 16.

DIVISION VII
1. Covington (15) 9-0 244
2. Norwalk St. Paul (11) 9-0 234
3. Mogadore (1) 8-1 177
4. Monroeville 9-0 176
5. McComb 8-1 166
6. Warren John F. Kennedy 8-1 111
7. Troy Christian 8-1 109
8. Waterford 8-1 71
9. Portsmouth Sciotoville Community 9-0 67
10. Fort Recovery 6-3 48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Glouster Trimble 27. 12, Toronto 15. 13, Hicksville 13.

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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.