Marquette re-enters Upper Peninsula high school football’s Big Five at No. 5

UPSSA High School Football Polls

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This week’s U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association poll (with first-place votes, if any, record, total votes and last week’s poll position):

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Big Five

1. Escanaba (4) 7-1 24 1

2. Kingsford (1) 6-1 21 2

3. Menominee 5-3 15 3

4. Gladstone 7-1 9 4

5. Marquette 4-4 5 —

Others: Hancock (6-2), 1

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Little Five

1. Westwood (3) 7-1 22 1

(tie) West Iron County (2) 7-1 22 2

3. Newberry 5-2 15 3

4. Norway 7-1 11 4

5. Munising 4-3 3 5

Others: Bark River-Harris (4-4), 1; Lake Linden-Hubbell (3-4), 1

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Eight Player

1. Stephenson (1) 7-1 19 2

2. Pickford (3) 8-0 18 3

3. North Central (1) 5-2 13 —

(tie) Forest Park 5-2 13 4

5. Rapid River 7-1 12 1

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NEGAUNEE — Marquette’s Diamond Jubilee trophy win over Negaunee on Friday night propelled the Redmen back into the second-to-last weekly high school football polls conducted by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Released the morning, MSHS (4-4) moved into the fifth spot in the Big Five poll, the second time the Redmen have received votes and the first time they cracked the top five.

With their 35-19 win over the Miners, Marquette bumped Hancock (6-2) off the last spot after the Bulldogs lost to West Iron County 30-13. The rest of the Big Five remained the same.

WIC (7-1), meanwhile, elbowed its way into a co-No. 1 position in the Little Five with Westwood (7-1), 44-8 winners over Manistique. The Patriots received three of the five first-place votes while the Wykons got the other two.

Newberry (5-2) maintained its No. 3 position in the Little Five after beating Rogers City 42-8, while Munising (4-3) stayed fifth after an open date last weekend.

Eight-Player had the biggest movement after the reign of Rapid River (7-1) at No. 1 lasted just one week following a 36-0 upset to North Central. The Rockets tumbled all the way to fifth.

Stephenson (7-1) and Pickford (8-0) moved up a spot to Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, while North Central (5-2) came from the others list to third, tying Forest Park (5-2), which had been fourth.

In state Associated Press polls, which like the UPSSA poll was released this morning, no area team received votes.

From the U.P., Escanaba is ninth in Division 4, Kingsford sixth in Division 5 and Norway 10th in Division 8.

U.P. schools continue to hold down the top three spot in Eight Player, Pickford on top, then Stephenson and Rapid River. In addition, North Central and Forest Park received votes.

In this final week of the regular season, games involving area teams include Gwinn playing at Ishpeming on Thursday night.

Then on Friday, Marquette hosts Menominee, Negaunee is at Westwood, Newberry entertains St. Ignace, Munising hosts Bark River-Harris and L’Anse plays at WIC.

On Saturday afternoon, Manistique plays at Lake Linden-Hubbell and Superior Central plays a nonconference game at home against Rapid River.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.