Miners knocked from No. 1 perch after just a week

MARQUETTE – The second installment of the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association high school football poll is out, with a few shakeups seen across the peninsula from last week.

Menominee moved into the No. 1 spot on the Big Schools list, switching spots with last week’s leader Negaunee after the Maroons pulled out an emphatic 42-7 road win at former No. 5 Kingsford, which fell off the list.

The top two teams are undefeated at 5-0 after the Miners shook off a challenge from visiting Gwinn to win their homecoming game 19-12.

The Maroons picked up six of the possible seven for-place votes with Negaunee getting the other one.

In the Little Five poll, St. Ignace remained a near-unanimous No. 1 for the second week in a row, getting six of the seven first-place votes.

Norway’s 14-0 victory over Ishpeming propelled the Knights from third to second while the Hematites dropped from second to fifth.

In addition, Lake Linden-Hubbell’s 44-29 comeback victory at Newberry moved the Lakes from fifth to third while the Indians stayed put at No. 4.

And in the Eight-Man poll, North Central and the other five teams, including a tie for fifth between Rapid River and Stephenson, all remained in place after those half-dozen teams scored decisive victories all of at least 40 points last weekend.

The Jets remained a unanimous No. 1 pick after their 56-0 win over Baraga.

In the state Associated Press poll, which like the UPSSA poll was released this morning, Negaunee continues at No. 1 in Division 6 while Newberry is No. 9 in Division 8.

Among other ranked U.P. teams, Escanaba is seventh in Division 4, while Menominee is tied for first with Ithaca in Division 5, though it remains to be seen whether the Maroons might end up playing in the Division 6 playoffs.

Calumet is 10th in Division 6 and Iron Mountain eighth in Division 7

In Division 8, St. Ignace is second, LL-H fourth and Norway seventh.

And in Eight-Man, North Central is No. 1, Cedarville No. 3 and Forest Park No. 4. With only five teams rated in that poll, Engadine in the others list is also a top-10 team.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ray Bressette. His email address is rbressette@miningjournal.net.