MARQUETTE - Despite nabbing three of a possible five first-place votes, the Negaunee High School football team was edged out of the top spot by Kingsford in the latest Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Big Five poll released this morning.
The Flivvers (6-1) only received two first-place votes, but beat out Negaunee 22-21 after two voters ranked the Miners third behind Menominee, which scored 17 points in voting to finish No 3.
The Mining Journal does not have a voter on the five-member UPSSA football panel.
Negaunee senior running back Dustin Goupille breaks through the Ishpeming defensive line during a Mid-Peninsula Conference battle Friday in Negaunee. The Miners moved up two spots in this week’s UPSSA Big Five football poll to No. 2 despite being the only undefeated Big Five team. The Miners moved up to No. 3 overall in the statewide AP poll in Division 6. (Journal photo by Zach?Jay)
Negaunee defeated previous No. 1 Ishpeming at home on Friday, 20-8, to move to 7-0 and become the only undefeated team among the Big Five.
In the statewide Associated Press poll also released this morning, the Miners moved up a spot to No. 3 in Division 6 behind undefeated No. 1 Ithaca (7-0) and No. 2 Schoolcraft (7-0), both of downstate.
The Miners play at Marquette on Friday for the annual Mining Journal Diamond Jubilee game. The Redmen are unranked in the U.P. at 4-3, but did receive one fifth-place vote this week.
Ishpeming (6-1) fell to No. 4, which was previously occupied by Negaunee, in the U.P. Big Five poll.
In the AP poll, Ishpeming dropped one spot to No. 4 in Division 7 as the top team with one loss.
Kingsford is ranked No. 6 in the Division 6 AP poll.
The Flivvers are undefeated against U.P. teams with their lone loss coming against La Crosse Central of Wisconsin. Kingsford beat?Iron Mountain last week 10-0.
In the U.P. Little Five poll, North Dickinson received three first place votes to edge St. Ignace, 23-22, for the top spot. Both teams are 7-0.
In the AP Division 8 poll, St. Ignace is ranked fourth while North Dickinson is tied for fifth with downstate Harbor Beach, however.
L'Anse fell to No. 5 in the Little Five and dropped from the AP Division 8 poll.
Cedarville is a unanimous No. 1 at 7-0 in the U.P. Eight-Man poll.