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CODY LEIST


PDT Sports Writer


When Valley entered last year’s final week of the regular season, a No. 10 ranking by the Associated Press was next to its name.


As the Indians (9-0, 4-0 SOC II) enter this weekend’s regular season finale against Minford (8-1, 3-1 SOC II), they are a spot below last year’s pace in the polls. The AP released its weekly rankings Monday night and Valley checks in at No. 11, just 10 points behind Youngstown Ursuline.


The Indians are the only area team recognized in this week’s poll after they defeated Wheelersburg (7-2, 3-1 SOC II) 9-7 last Friday. The win extended Valley’s regular season winning streak to 19 games and clinched not only at least a share of its second-straight SOC II title, but also a spot in the Division V, Region 19 playoffs.


The last time the Indians were defeated in the regular season was the 2010 finale against the Falcons. They went into Lucasville and left with a 7-6 win that not only clinched a home playoff game in Division V, Region 19 for Minford, but also knocked Valley from the playoffs in the same region.


In the latest computer projections from JoeEitel.com, Ironton and Minford (Division IV, Region 15), Valley, Oak Hill (7-2, 2-1 SOC I) and Wheelersburg (Division V, Region 19) as well as Symmes Valley (Division VI, Region 23) have clinched playoff berths. Piketon (7-2, 5-1 SVC), which is fifth in Division IV, Region 15, can clinch a playoff berth with a win at Adena. Notre Dame (6-3, 1-2 SOC I), which fell to 10th in Division VI, Region 23 after Saturday’s 26-13 home loss to the Vikings (7-2, 3-1 SOC I), needs a win Saturday night over East and losses by at least two of the four teams above the Titans for the school’s seventh appearance into the playoffs and first since 2007.


As far as conference championships are concerned, Valley can clinch the SOC II outright with a win over Minford. The Falcons can force a tie with a win and the Pirates can make it a three-way share if they defeat West and Minford wins. For Oak Hill, a win over Green removes any chance for Symmes Valley to share the SOC I.


The Redstreaks can claim a share of the SVC if they defeat Adena and Chillicothe Huntington upsets Westfall. Next Monday will be the final release of the 2012 AP football poll. Among the six divisions, only Division III had a change at the top this week as Napoleon is No. 1 thanks to a loss by Alliance Marlington.


Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 242, or cleist@heartlandpublications.com.


COLUMBUS — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the seventh weekly Associated Press poll of 2012, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):


DIVISION I

1. Cle. St. Ignatius (19) 9-0 232


2. Lakewood St. Edward (3) 9-0 204


3. Cin. Colerain (1) 9-0 198


4. Dublin Coffman (1) 9-0 155


5. Tol. Whitmer 9-0 138


6. Pickerington N. 9-0 101


7. Willoughby S. 9-0 99


8. Mentor 8-1 61


9. Austintown-Fitch 8-1 40


10. Hilliard Darby 9-0 31


Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Massillon Washington 23, 12. Springboro 22, 12. W. Chester Lakota W. 22, 14. N. Royalton 19.


DIVISION II

1. Tol. Cent. Cath. (20) 9-0 241


2. Cin. Turpin 9-0 199


3. Tiffin Columbian (1) 9-0 189


4. Dresden Tri-Valley (2) 9-0 170


5. Aurora (2) 8-1 117


6. Zanesville 8-1 111


7. Pataskala Licking Hts. 9-0 82


8. Mansfield Sr. 8-1 65


9. Avon 8-1 54


10. Trotwood-Madison 7-2 46


Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Tipp City Tippecanoe 15, 12. New Philadelphia 12.


DIVISION III

1. Napoleon (13) 8-0-1 220


2. Chagrin Falls (3) 8-1 173


T3. Day. Thurgood Marshall (2) 8-1 165


T3. Bryan (2) 9-0 165


5. Kettering Alter (1) 7-1-1 142


6. Alliance Marlington (2) 8-1 136


7. Millersburg W. Holmes 8-1 109


8. Bellevue 8-1 91


9. Akr. SVSM (1) 7-2 44


10. Urbana 8-1 35


Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Sandusky Perkins 17, 12. Zanesville Maysville 14, 13. Steubenville 13.


DIVISION IV

1. Cols. Hartley (15) 9-0 228


2. Ottawa-Glandorf (1) 9-0 196


3. Creston Norwayne (5) 9-0 177


4. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (1) 9-0 164


5. Genoa Area 9-0 146


6. Brookfield (2) 9-0 131


7. St. Clairsville (1) 9-0 115


8. Richwood N. Union 9-0 74


9. Cols. Ready 8-1 35


10. Williamsport Westfall 8-1 29


Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Middletown Fenwick 24, 12. W. Salem NW 21, 13. Galion 13, 14. Batavia 12.


DIVISION V

1. Coldwater (17) 9-0 239


2. Kirtland (7) 9-0 206


3. Lima Cent. Cath. (1) 9-0 189


4. Sugarcreek Garaway 9-0 130


5. Columbiana Crestview 9-0 129


6. Northwood 9-0 107


7. Covington 9-0 90


8. Cuyahoga Hts. 8-1 51


9. Louisville Aquinas 8-1 50


10. Youngs. Ursuline 7-3 44


Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Lucasville Valley 34, 12. Archbold 27, 13. Cin. Summit Country Day 26, 14. Day. Christian 16.


DIVISION VI

1. Mogadore (20) 9-0 238


2. McComb (3) 9-0 212


3. Ada 9-0 190


4. Shadyside 9-0 127


5. Malvern 8-1 126


6. Maria Stein Marion Local (1) 7-2 102


7. Fremont St. Joseph 8-1 86


8. Leipsic 8-1 85


9. Newark Cath. 7-2 49


10. Warren JFK 8-1 41


Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Zanesville Rosecrans 22, 12. Danville (1) 21, 13. Delphos St. John’s 18.

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