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St. Paul holds at No. 1 in Division VII AP poll

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 23, 2017 at 10:28 PM

COLUMBUS — After another efficient performance over the weekend, the St. Paul football held firm as the top team in the Division VII Associated Press high school football state poll.

The Flyers (9-0) hold a 17-point advantage (230-213) over No. 2 Dalton (9-0) in Monday’s latest poll, but went from a 12-11 lead in first-place votes to a 16-9 advantage.

St. Paul hosts archival Monroeville (6-3) on Saturday prior to next week’s eighth and final weekly poll. The Flyers are coming off a 44-12 win over visiting Western Reserve last Friday, which was the 38th straight Firelands Conference win and 26th straight regular season win.

St. Paul was last AP poll champions in the Class A poll in 1969, giving the school a state championship before the playoff format was adopted in 1972. It has finished No. 2 in the poll on multiple occasions, including last season.

From the Sandusky Bay Conference, Sandusky (9-0) is No. 4 in Div. III and Clyde is 8th in the same division. Shelby (9-0) is ranked fourth in Div. IV.

The last of eight weekly polls will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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Two teams in boys coaches poll

Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division champion Edison is ranked 15th in the OATCC state coaches poll in Div. II.

In Div. III, Firelands Conference runners-up New London is 14th.

Both the Wildcats and Chargers full teams placed in the top four at their respective district meets last week, and will compete in the regionals at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin on Saturday.

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