Coldwater, Marion Local football teams finish atop AP state rankings

COLUMBUS – A pair of Midwest Athletic Conference teams finished atop the Associated Press’ state rankings.

In the final AP rankings of the 2015 football season, Coldwater from the MAC was ranked No. 1 in Division V and Marion Local from the MAC was ranked No. 1 in Division VI. Coldwater received all 23 first places votes while Marion Local received 20 out of 23 first place votes with Columbia Station Columbia, Mechanicsburg and Beverly Fort Frye each receiving one.

Along with Coldwater and Marion Local, a number of other schools with local connections are ranked in the final poll of the season. Wayne from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 2 in Division I, Miamisburg from the GWOC is ranked No. 13 in Division II, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 15 in Division III, Minster from the MAC is ranked No. 5 in Division VII, Fort Recovery from the MAC is ranked No. 8 in Division VII, and Covington from the Cross County Conference is ranked No. 10 in Division VII.

No Darke County teams were ranked in the final AP poll of the season. Versailles was ranked 18th in Division V in the first AP poll of the season and moved up to No. 15 the following week. However, the Tigers dropped out of the rankings after that and have remained out in the last six polls. Versailles is the lone Darke County team to be ranked in the AP football poll this season.

Below is how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the eighth weekly Associated Press poll of 2015, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

DIVISION I
1, Lakewood St. Edward (18) 9-1 225
2, Huber Heights Wayne (5) 10-0 217
3, Cincinnati Colerain (1) 9-1 197
4, Hilliard Davidson 9-1 155
5, Stow-Munroe Falls 10-0 132
6, Lewis Center Olentangy 9-1 112
7, Westerville Central 9-1 73
8, Lancaster 8-2 62
9, Cincinnati Elder 7-3 32
10, Euclid 8-2 18

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Toledo Whitmer 17. 12, Mason 15.

DIVISION II
1, Perrysburg (12) 10-0 206
2, Grafton Midview (7) 10-0 203
3, Aurora 9-1 142
4, Cincinnati La Salle (3) 8-2 125
5, Avon 9-1 123
6, Cleveland Glenville 9-1 111
7, Kings Mills Kings 9-1 84
8, Madison (1) 9-1 63
9, Cincinnati Turpin 9-1 54
10, Massillon Perry 8-2 27

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Lima Senior 23. 12, Dresden Tri-Valley 21. 13, Miamisburg 16. 14, Holland Springfield 14. 15, Hudson 13. 16, Mayfield 12.

DIVISION III
1, Cleveland Benedictine (20) 10-0 216
2, Wapakoneta (2) 10-0 190
3, Akron Hoban 9-1 139
4, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 9-1 137
5, Medina Buckeye (1) 10-0 121
6, Columbus St. Francis DeSales 9-1 88
7, Toledo Central Catholic 8-2 76
8, Clyde 9-1 62
9, Ashland 9-1 50
10, Poland Seminary 9-1 37

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Louisville 34. 12, Tipp City Tippecanoe 26. 13, Zanesville 24. 14, Canfield 16. 15, Chesterland West Geauga 13. 15, Trotwood-Madison 13.

DIVISION IV
1, Middletown Bishop Fenwick (7) 10-0 204
2, Steubenville (15) 9-0 200
3, Johnstown-Monroe 10-0 163
4, Cincinnati Indian Hill 10-0 133
5, Kettering Archbishop Alter 9-1 129
6, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 9-1 107
7, Peninsula Woodridge (1) 10-0 91
8, Perry 8-1 53
9, St. Clairsville 8-1 49
10, Wauseon 9-1 33

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Columbus Bishop Hartley 21. 12, Plain City Jonathan Alder 17. 13, Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 12.

DIVISION V
1, Coldwater (23) 10-0 230
2, Wheelersburg 10-0 188
3, Chillicothe Zane Trace 10-0 147
4, Millbury Lake 10-0 139
5, Brookville 10-0 127
6, Milan Edison 9-1 97
7, Creston Norwayne 9-1 78
8, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 9-1 62
9, Swanton 9-1 48
10, Columbiana Crestview 8-2 37

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Magnolia Sandy Valley 29. 12, Albany Alexander 17. 13, Orwell Grand Valley 14. 13, Canton Central Catholic 14. 15, Leavittsburg Labrae 12.

DIVISION VI
1, Maria Stein Marion Local (20) 9-1 219
2, Columbia Station Columbia (1) 10-0 178
3, Mechanicsburg (1) 9-1 147
4, Kirtland 9-1 131
5, Defiance Tinora 9-1 103
6, Bucyrus Wynford 9-1 83
7, Beverly Fort Frye (1) 10-0 60
8, Cincinnati Country Day 9-1 48
9, Spencerville 9-1 45
10, Lucasville Valley 8-1 34
(tie)Delphos Jefferson 9-1 34

Others receiving 12 or more points: 12, Columbiana 31. 13, Lisbon David Anderson 30. 14, Gibsonburg 23. 15, Columbus Grandview Heights 17. 16, Berlin Center Western Reserve 14. 17, Brookfield 12. 17, Bainbridge Paint Valley 12.

DIVISION VII
1, Danville (13) 10-0 189
2, Mogadore 9-1 164
(tie)Warren John F. Kennedy (2) 9-1 164
4, McComb (3) 9-1 151
5, Minster (3) 8-2 141
6, Norwalk St. Paul (1) 9-1 113
7, Caldwell (1) 9-1 103
8, Fort Recovery 8-2 56
9, Lucas 9-1 50
10, Covington 8-2 41

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Glouster Trimble 19. 12, Toronto 16. 13, North Jackson Jackson-Milton 13. 13, Vienna Mathews 13.

A group of Marion Local defenders make a tackle during a football game against Versailles on Oct. 23 in Maria Stein. Marion Local and Coldwater from the Midwest Athletic Conference finished as the No. 1 ranked teams in their divisions in the Associated Press’ final state rankings of the 2015 season.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_Versailles-Marion-Local-WEB.jpgA group of Marion Local defenders make a tackle during a football game against Versailles on Oct. 23 in Maria Stein. Marion Local and Coldwater from the Midwest Athletic Conference finished as the No. 1 ranked teams in their divisions in the Associated Press’ final state rankings of the 2015 season. Chuck Runner|For The Daily Advocate

By Kyle Shaner

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