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Prep football: Ishpeming still No. 2 in U.P., No. 1 in statewide AP poll

October 1, 2013
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Not much changed at the top with today's release of the high school football polls conducted by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

No. 1 Menominee (5-0) in the Big Five and No. 1 Forest Park (5-0) in the Little Five kept those spots after beating the third-ranked teams in their respective polls last weekend, while the vanquished dropped just one spot.

The Maroons slammed Great Northern Conference rival Kingsford (4-1) 42-13 on Friday, while the Trojans upended nonconference foe North Central (4-1) 35-8.

Marquette County claims three of the five teams following Menominee in the Big Five, led by No. 2 Ishpeming (5-0), which downed Mid-Peninsula Conference foe Norway 42-8 on Saturday. The Hematites trail Menominee for the top spot by just one vote for the second straight week.

Ishpeming also remains a unanimous No. 1 pick in the Associated Press state Division 7 poll. Three of the next five teams in the state balloting are schools the Hematites defeated in their playoff run to the state championship last season - Detroit Loyola at No. 2, Pewamo-Westphalia at No. 3 and Lake City at No. 6. All are also 5-0.

Negaunee (5-0) defeated Gwinn 41-6 on Friday and took advantage of Kingsford's loss to move up to No. 3 in the Big Five. The Miners are also tied for sixth in the AP state Division 6 rankings.

Fact Box

UPSSA Football Poll

Oct. 1, 2013

(First-place votes in parentheses)

BIG FIVE

W-LPts

1. Menominee (3) 5-0 23

2. Ishpeming (2) 5-0 22

3. Negaunee 5-0 14

4. Kingsford 4-1 9

5. West Iron Co. 5-0 5

Other: Marquette 4-1, 2

LITTLE FIVE

W-LPts

1. Forest Park (4)5-0 24

2. N. Dickinson (1) 5-0 21

3. St. Ignace 4-1 15

4. North Central 4-1 9

5. Pickford 4-1 5

Other: Lake Linden-Hubbell 3-2, 1

EIGHT MAN

W-LPts

1. Rapid River (4) 5-0 24

2. Cedarville (1) 5-0 21

Michigan AP Poll

By The Associated Press

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press high school football poll, with records in parentheses.

Totals are based on 10 points for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has determined playoff qualifiers in eight divisions based on enrollment. The divisions in this poll are unofficial.

Division 8

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Beal City (4) (5-0) 48

2. Mendon (5-0) 44

3. Harbor Beach (1) (4-1) 39

4. New Lothrop (5-0) 33

5. Iron Mountain North Dickinson (5-0) 28

6. Crystal Falls Forest Park (5-0) 26

7. Climax-Scotts (5-0) 21

8. Fowler (4-1) 13

9. St. Ignace LaSalle (4-1)11

10. Muskegon Catholic Central (3-2) 9

Others receiving votes: 11, Vestaburg (4-1).

Division 7

SchoolTotalPoints

1. Ishpeming (5) (5-0) 50

2. Detroit Loyola (5-0) 45

3. Pewamo-Westphalia (5-0) 38

4. Hudson (5-0) 35

5. Saginaw Nouvel (4-1) 30

6. Lake City (5-0) 27

7. Marlette (5-0) 15

8. Royal Oak Shrine (5-0) 11

(tie) Flint Beecher (4-1) 11

10. West Iron County (5-0) 5

Others receiving votes: 11, Lawton (5-0) 4. 11, Schoolcraft (4-1) 4.

Division 6

School Total Points

1. Ithaca (4) (5-0) 49

2. Jackson Lumen Christi (1) (5-0) 43

3. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (5-0) 42

4. Montrose (5-0) 31

5. Grass Lake (5-0) 28

6. Clinton (5-0) 20

(tie) Negaunee (5-0) 20

8. Madison Heights Madison (5-0) 17

9. Jonesville (5-0) 13

10. Shelby (5-0) 8

Others receiving votes: 11, Millington (4-1) 2. 12, Maple City Glen Lake (5-0) 1. 12, Sanford-Meridian (4-0) 1.

Division 5

School Total Points

1. Muskegon Oakridge (5) (5-0) 50

2. Portland (5-0) 44

3. Menominee (5-0) 41

4. Marine City (5-0) 35

5. Olivet (5-0) 27

6. Standish-Sterling (5-0) 19

7. Reed City (5-0) 17

8. Livonia Clarenceville (5-0) 13

(tie) Freeland (4-1) 13

10. Kingsford (4-1) 9

Others receiving votes: 11, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (4-1) 4. 12, River Rouge (3-1) 2. 13, Clinton Township Clintondale (5-0) 1.

The team that knocked Negaunee out of last year's playoffs, Shelby, is also 5-0 and ranked 10th in the state.

With Kingsford in fourth and West Iron County (5-0) fifth in the Big Five, Marquette (4-1) also picked up two votes and is an honorable mention. While the Redmen are unranked in the state, the team it lost to in last year's Division 2 playoffs, Midland, is 4-1 and ninth in the state Division 2 poll.

Several other UPSSA-ranked teams also made the state AP poll. In Division 5, Menominee is third and Kingsford 10th; in Division 7, WIC is 10th; and in Division 8, Little Five No. 2 North Dickinson (5-0) is fifth, Forest Park sixth and Little Five No. 3 St. Ignace (4-1) ninth.

In eight-man football, No. 1 Rapid River (5-0) and No. 2 Cedarville (5-0) held their spots after decisive victories, 46-22 for the Rockets over Engadine and 47-6 for the Trojans over Superior Central.

This week, all the 5-0 teams plus Marquette, which plays just eight games in the regular season, can all but clinch state playoff berths, since the MHSAA has never had to deny six-win teams - or five-win teams playing eight-game schedules - a berth since the playoff field was doubled in 1999.

On Friday, the Redmen host Kingsford, Ishpeming is at Crandon, Wis., and Negaunee entertains Norway.

Out of the area, the top two Little Five and eight-man teams square off, North Dickinson going to Forest Park and Cedarville hosting Rapid River in DeTour.

 
 

 

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