Covington, Marion Local ranked No. 1 in season’s final AP football poll


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



COLUMBUS – Covington and Marion Local finished atop their respective divisions in the final Associated Press state football rankings of the 2016 season.

Marion Local from the Midwest Athletic Conference finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in Division VI while Covington from the Cross County Conference finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in Division VII.

No Darke County teams were ranked in the season’s final poll. Seven 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. 6 in Division II, Trotwood-Madison from the GWOC is ranked No. 10 in Division III, Coldwater from the MAC is ranked No. 2 in Division V, Marion Local from the MAC is ranked No. 1 in Division VI, and Covington from the CCC is ranked No. 1 in Division VII.

Below are how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the eighth 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 (20) 10-0 246
2, Huber Heights Wayne (1) 9-0-1 220
3, Powell Olentangy Liberty (2) 10-0 192
4, Cleveland St. Ignatius (3) 9-1 175
5, Pickerington Central 9-1 148
6, Solon 9-1 125
7, Stow-Munroe Falls 9-1 107
8, Hilliard Bradley 9-1 79
9, Lakewood St. Edward 7-2 61
10, Dublin Jerome 9-1 52

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

DIVISION II
1, Avon (16) 10-0 236
2, Cincinnati Turpin (2) 10-0 198
3, Chardon (1) 10-0 180
4, Holland Springfield (1) 10-0 173
5, Cincinnati La Salle (5) 8-2 150
6, Troy 9-1 117
7, Warren G. Harding (1) 9-1 114
8, Aurora 9-1 99
9, Grafton Midview 9-1 79
10, Massillon Perry 8-2 42

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Massillon Washington 22.

DIVISION III
1, Toledo Central Catholic (15) 10-0 246
2, Columbus St. Francis DeSales (8) 10-0 226
3, Akron Hoban (3) 9-1 181
4, Alliance Marlington 10-0 143
(tie) Franklin 10-0 143
6, Bexley 10-0 121
7, Sandusky 9-1 89
8, Wapakoneta 9-1 85
9, St. Marys Memorial 9-1 64
10, Trotwood-Madison 8-2 48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Columbus Hamilton Township 14.

DIVISION IV
1, Kettering Archbishop Alter (16) 10-0 215
2, Perry (3) 10-0 186
3, Heath (2) 10-0 172
4, Cincinnati Wyoming (1) 10-0 170
5, Steubenville (1) 9-1 133
6, Peninsula Woodridge 10-0 96
7, Mantua Crestwood 9-1 86
8, Columbus Bishop Hartley (1) 8-2 78
9, Johnstown-Monroe 9-1 73
10, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 7-2 64

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Clarksville Clinton-Massie (1) 56. 12, Port Clinton 29. 13, Lewistown Indian Lake 20. 14, Struthers (1) 15.

DIVISION V
1, Wheelersburg (16) 10-0 230
2, Coldwater (6) 9-1 222
3, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (1) 10-0 184
4, Sugarcreek Garaway (1) 10-0 171
5, Creston Norwayne (1) 9-1 141
6, Milan Edison 9-1 120
7, Pemberville Eastwood 9-1 94
8, Swanton 9-1 84
9, Canfield S. Range (1) 9-1 76
10, Coshocton 9-1 31

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Orwell Grand Valley 16. 12, Carlisle 13.

DIVISION VI
1, Maria Stein Marion Local (17) 9-1 233
2, Cleveland Cuyahoga Heights (4) 10-0 207
3, Hamler Patrick Henry (3) 10-0 191
4, Bucyrus Wynford (1) 10-0 161
5, Mechanicsburg 10-0 142
6, Kirtland 9-1 124
7, Defiance Ayersville 10-0 93
8, Beverly Fort Frye 10-0 84
9, Delphos Jefferson 9-1 44
10, Hannibal River 10-0 34

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 25. 12, New Middletown Springfield (1) 22. 13, Chesapeake 14. 14, Lisbon David Anderson 12. 14, Spencerville 12.

DIVISION VII
1, Covington (13) 10-0 233
2, Norwalk St. Paul (11) 10-0 230
3, McComb (1) 9-1 183
4, Warren John F. Kennedy (1) 9-1 180
5, Troy Christian 9-1 119
6, Waterford 9-1 102
7, Monroeville 9-1 93
8, Mogadore 8-2 85
9, Portsmouth Sciotoville Community 10-0 77
10, Glouster Trimble 8-2 25

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Shadyside 20. 12, Toronto 19.

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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.