Meanwhile, the Norwalk football team is back in the rankings after slipping out one week.
In Div. VII, the Flyers (6-0, 3-0 Firelands Conference) jumped from fifth to No. 4 in this week's fourth of seven weekly polls. On Oct. 4, the Flyers started fast and were never threatened in a 52-6 win at Mapleton. It was the program's 49th consecutive FC win. The Flyers entertain South Central (4-2, 2-1) on Saturday in Norwalk.
Midwest Athletic Conference powerhouse Maria Stein Marion Local (5-1) remained No. 1 in the poll, followed by defending state champion McComb (6-0), Leipsic (6-0) and the Flyers.
Hamler Patrick Henry (5-1) is sixth, which gives the loaded Region 26 — St. Paul's region — four of the top six teams in the poll.
Despite a 52-7 win over Ontario on Sept. 27, Norwalk (5-1) was unable to stay among those receiving votes in the Div. III poll on Sept. 30. However, after the Truckers rallied from a 14-0 deficit eight minutes into last Friday's game at Bellevue by scoring 45 of the next 52 points, they are back in the rankings this week at No. 12.
Norwalk won the game over the Redmen, 45-21. The Truckers have another big game on tap this Friday when they entertain Sandusky (5-1, 1-0). The two teams played in a pair of classic matchups last season, including a 20-17 win by Norwalk on Nov. 16 in a regional championship game at Bellevue.
Monroeville, St. Paul still ranked
Firelands Conference rivals Monroeville and St. Paul continue to be ranked among the elite in the Division IV state coaches poll.
The Eagles (19-1) moved up one spot from sixth to No. 5 in this week's poll, while the Lady Flyers (17-2) held their position at seventh. The two teams split in the regular season, with the home team winning each time on Aug. 20 (Monroeville) and Sept. 19 (St. Paul).
Also in Div. IV, another district tournament foe that is a frequent opponent for both teams, Buckeye Central, is 12th. The three teams are again expected to face each other in the district semifinal or final round in Willard later this month. The Eagles were seeded first, followed by St. Paul and Buckeye Central.
In Div. III, Huron (15-4) is ranked third, up one spot from last week. The Tigers are coached by Norwalk grad Don Wood.