PDT Sports Writer
With a pair of blowout wins last week, both Wheelersburg (7-0) and Valley (7-0) remained at the same spots in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday as they had a week ago.
The Pirates lost two voting points after last Friday’s 54-0 win over Waverly but as a consolation, their margin grew by two points as St. Clairsville dropped from second to seventh after last Saturday’s 38-28 loss to Bellaire and Coldwater’s 43-7 victory over Anna moved the Cavaliers up a spot.
Through seven contests, Wheelersburg quarterback Eddie Miller has rushed for 647 yards on 71 carries with 12 rushing touchdowns. Passing, the Pirate signalcaller is completing 71 percent of his passes for 1,556 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Despite a 42-0 win last Friday over visiting West, the Indians remained seventh in the Division VI poll but received 27 more points compared to last week’s poll. Valley also went from 28 voting points to 19 behind Delphos Jefferson for sixth place.
The Indians have sent their last five opponents into the locker room at halftime scoreless. Van Buren’s touchdown with 2:29 left in the second quarter of the Week 2 contest was the last time Valley’s defense had allowed points in the first half. A total of 20 points have been scored against the Indians defense during the first half of games this season.
With the idea of identical 8-0 records entering next Friday’s encounter as a possibility, both Wheelersburg and Valley must get through a pair of SOC II foes. The Pirates make their final road trip of the regular season as they go to Minford while the Indians play their regular season home finale against Northwest.
Regionally, Athens remained fourth in Division III after an 83-14 beating of Alexander while Chillicothe dropped from seventh to ninth after a 17-7 loss at Clinton-Massie, Trimble retains its fourth place position in Division VII with a 60-12 win over Reedsville Eastern and Paint Valley dropped into a tie for 13th thanks to a 20-12 home loss to Westfall.
Only one change atop any of the seven polls took place in Division II as New Albany assumed the No. 1 spot thanks to a loss sustained by Massillon Washington. Lakewood St. Edward (Division I), Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (Division III), Kenton (Division (IV), Kirtland (Division VI) and Maria Stein Marion Local (Division VII) are all the top teams in their respective divisions.
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