Meanwhile, the St. Paul football team maintained its current ranking in the top five in Div. VII.
After a week out of the rankings, the Truckers (6-1, 2-0 SBC Lake) returned at No. 12 last week following a 45-21 win at Bellevue. Norwalk moved up one more spot this week to 11th following last week’s 37-20 win over Sandusky at Whitney Field.
Both teams entered the game with identical 5-1 records, but the Truckers piled up nearly 500 yards of offense while scoring on seven of their 12 possessions. Norwalk will visit Perkins (3-4, 0-2) this Friday.
In Div. VII, the Flyers (7-0, 4-0 Firelands Conference) jumped from fifth to No. 4 in this week's fourth of seven weekly polls. On Oct. 4, the Flyers started fast in a 49-6 win over South Central. It was the program's 50th consecutive FC win. The Flyers entertain Western Reserve (6-1, 4-0) on Saturday in Norwalk.
Midwest Athletic Conference powerhouse Maria Stein Marion Local (6-1) remained No. 1 in the poll, followed by defending state champion McComb (7-0), Leipsic (7-0) and the Flyers.
Hamler Patrick Henry (6-1) is seventh, which gives the loaded Region 26 — St. Paul's region — four of the top seven teams in the poll.
Monroeville, St. Paul in final poll
Firelands Conference rivals Monroeville and St. Paul finished ranked among the top seven in the Division IV state coaches poll.
The Eagles (21-1) moved up one spot from fifth to No. 4 in this week's final poll, while the Lady Flyers (20-2) held their position at seventh for the third straight and final week. 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, ended at 12th. The three teams are again expected to face each other in the district semifinal or final round in Willard next week. The Eagles were seeded first, followed by St. Paul and Buckeye Central.
In Div. III, Huron (16-6) finished ranked No. 5. The Tigers are coached by 1986 Norwalk grad Don Wood.