AP Poll: Liberty Cracks Top Five; Tri-Valley, New Philadelphia Receive Votes

AP Poll: Liberty Cracks Top Five; Tri-Valley, New Philadelphia Receive Votes

The sixth week of the Ohio high school football season brought a ton of shake-ups to the fourth weekly Associated Press rankings.

Week six saw Olentangy Liberty (6-0) jump ahead of St. Edward to the fifth spot in Division I after the Patriots' 24-14 victory over Westerville Central. Liberty has been battle-tested thus far in 2016, with four of their wins being decided by 10 points or less.

Elsewhere in the division, Upper Arlington (6-0) moved into the top 10, sitting in 9th after week six. The Golden Bears were impressive in their matchup against Westland, coming away with the 56-0 win. However, Upper Arlington still sits behind 8th-ranked Pickerington Central (5-1), whom the Golden Bears defeated in week five. The Tigers are coming off a 20-18 win over Lincoln (4-2) this past weekend.

Meanwhile, Dublin Coffman (5-1) leapfrogged Dublin Jerome to the 10 spot in Division I after defeating Marysville 49-7 on the road. Hilliard Bradley (5-1) dropped out of the top 10 to 16th after last week's disappointing 20-6 loss to Dublin Scioto (4-2).

In Division II, Tri-Valley (6-0) made their way back into the rankings with a 50-0 thrashing of West Muskingum. The Dawgs have been on a tear recently, surrendering just 10 points total in their last three games.

The hot start for Ridgewood (5-1) came to an end in week six, as 7th-ranked Garaway invaded West Lafayette and defeated the Generals 27-7 in a Division V battle. The loss dropped Ridgewood down to 12th in the latest rankings. The 27 points surrendered by the Generals last week is the most the team has given up all season.

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

DIVISION I

1, Colerain (22)

6-0

 

229

2, Huber Heights Wayne (1)

5-0-1

 

205

3, Stow-Munroe Falls (1)

6-0

 

167

4, Massillon Jackson

6-0

 

153

5, Powell Olentangy Liberty

6-0

 

145

6, Lakewood St. Edward (1)

5-1

 

127

7, Cleveland St. Ignatius

5-1

 

88

8, Pickerington Central

5-1

 

52

9, Columbus Upper Arlington

6-0

 

26

10, Dublin Coffman

5-1

 

25

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Dublin Jerome 23. 11, St. Xavier 23. 13, Solon 22. 13, Canton Mckinley 22. 15, Findlay 18. 16, Hilliard Bradley 16.

 

 

DIVISION II

1, Avon (15)

6-0

227

2, Warren G. Harding (7)

6-0

203

3, Bedford

6-0

158

4, Holland Springfield (2)

6-0

154

5, Turpin

6-0

146

6, Chardon (1)

6-0

118

7, La Salle

4-2

80

8, Princeton

5-1

78

9, Troy

5-1

57

10, Grafton Midview

5-1

19

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Aurora 18. 12, Dresden Tri-Valley 17. 13, Worthington Kilbourne 14. 14, Miamisburg 13.

 

 

DIVISION III

1, Columbus St. Francis Desales (14)

6-0

222

2, Toledo Central Catholic (7)

6-0

218

3, Akron Hoban (1)

5-1

150

4, Wapakoneta (1)

6-0

142

5, Franklin

6-0

138

6, Sandusky

6-0

124

7, Alliance Marlington (1)

6-0

115

8, Trotwood-Madison (1)

5-1

88

9, St. Marys Memorial

6-0

80

10, Columbus Bexley

6-0

45

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, New Philadelphia 17. 12, Mount Healthy 13.

 

 

DIVISION IV

1, Johnstown-Monroe (13)

6-0

223

2, Alter (8)

6-0

216

3, Perry

6-0

150

4, Plain City Jonathan Alder (1)

6-0

128

5, Port Clinton

6-0

114

6, Steubenville (1)

6-0

112

7, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (1)

4-1

81

8, Wyoming

6-0

79

9, Ottawa-Glandorf (1)

6-0

55

10, Columbus Bishop Hartley

4-2

52

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Heath 37. 12, Peninsula Woodridge 22. 13, Waverly 20. 14, Clinton-Massie 18. 15, Mantua Crestwood 16.

 

 

DIVISION V

1, Coldwater (23)

6-0

248

2, Wheelersburg (1)

6-0

197

3, CHCA

6-0

177

4, Milan Edison (1)

6-0

147

5, Garrettsville Garfield

6-0

125

6, West Salem Northwestern

6-0

120

7, Sugarcreek Garaway

6-0

119

8, Swanton

6-0

96

9, Coshocton

5-0

31

10, Creston Norwayne

5-1

24

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Orwell Grand Valley 17. 12, West Lafayette Ridgewood 14.

 

 

DIVISION VI

1, Kirtland (13)

6-0

224

2, Maria Stein Marion Local (9)

5-1

220

3, Hamler Patrick Henry (3)

6-0

188

4, Cleveland Cuyahoga Heights

6-0

150

5, Mechanicsburg

6-0

130

6, Bucyrus Wynford

6-0

108

7, Beverly Fort Frye

6-0

79

8, Liberty Center

5-1

66

9, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas

5-1

57

10, Delphos Jefferson

5-1

42

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Defiance Ayersville 38. 12, Hannibal River 20.

 

 

DIVISION VII

1, Warren John F. Kennedy (10)

6-0

218

2, Norwalk St. Paul (7)

6-0

205

3, Covington (7)

6-0

201

4, Monroeville

6-0

160

5, McComb

5-1

129

6, Mogadore (1)

6-0

121

7, Racine Southern

6-0

111

8, Lucas

5-1

52

9, Shadyside

5-1

38

10, Troy Christian

5-1

31

 Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Fort Recovery 30. 12, Waterford 20. 13, Delphos St. John’s 13. 13, Toronto 13. 15, Portsmouth Sciotoville Community 12.