PDT Sports Writer
The first week of conference play last week proved to be fruitful for a couple of SOC II schools not only in the standings, but also the latest Associated Press poll that was released Monday night.
For the third-consecutive week, Wheelersburg is the No. 1 team in Division V after the Pirates downed host Northwest 56-0. Wheelersburg still earned 258 points but received two more first-place votes and its point lead over second place St. Clairsville jumped 17 points. The rest of the Division V poll include Coldwater, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Baltimore Liberty Union, Loudonville, Martins Ferry, Columbia Station Columbia and Columbus Bishop Hartley.
In Division VI, a 41-0 win at Waverly vaulted Valley from ninth to seventh. The Indians nearly doubled their voting point total from 47 to 88 between polls and are sandwiched between Delphos Jefferson and Mogadore. Kirtland, Columbus Bishop Ready, Haviland Wayne Trace, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph and Canfield South Range are the first five in the Division VI poll while the remaining part of the Top 10 include Cincinnati Summit Country Day at ninth while Hamler Patrick Henry and Centerburg are both tied for 10th.
However, the opening Friday of SOC II play was not what Minford had hoped for in its chase for the conference crown. The Falcons, who were 14th in last week’s Division IV poll, lost 35-28 at West.
Not only did the defeat end Minford’s chances at an undefeated season, it also knocked the Falcons out of the others receiving votes category. To be considered in that category, a school must receive 12 voting points from the statewide media.
Also in the Southeast District, Athens is fourth and Chillicothe is seventh in Division III, Trimble is fourth and Paint Valley checks in at eighth in Division VII. Lakewood St. Edward (Division I), Massillon Washington (Division II), Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (Division III), Kenton (Division IV) and Maria Stein Marion Local (Division VII) are the other top-ranked schools in the state.
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