Napoleon top rated in D-III

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Unbeaten Napoleon has surged to the front of the class in Division III.

The 8-0-1 Wildcats are now ranked number one in the state by Associated Press in voting done by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters across Ohio. Napoleon was third a week ago, but losses by Alliance Marlington and Kettering Alter pushed the Wildcats to the top spot in the poll for just the second time in school history. Napoleon was rated number one in Class AA during the 1971 football season before suffering a 16-12 loss to Bowling Green in week seven.

"I think it's a positive, not only for our football program but for our school and our community," said Napoleon head coach Tory Strock. "Even though it's an opinion poll, it means people are taking notice of the great things going on at Napoleon."

Those good things include an unbeaten record to date and at least a share of the Northern Lakes League title. At 6-0 in the NLL, the Wildcats have a one-game lead on Perrysburg with one game to play. Napoleon can claim an outright crown with a victory at Bowling Green on Friday night.

"Some might say it puts a big bulls eye on your back but I take it as a positive for us," Strock said. "If you're the top-rated team it gives you incentive to go out and prove it. With the schedule we play and to be unbeaten, I think it's legitimate, but you have to prove it on the field.

"It's neat for the kids and neat for the school. To me it's a big deal and quite an honor."

Napoleon accumulated 13 first-place votes and a total of 220 points for a 47-point advantage over second-ranked Chagrin Falls. It marks the largest lead of any top-rated team in this week's AP state poll.

Bryan and Dayton Thurgood-Marshall are tied for third in Division III, each with a pair of first-place votes and 165 points. At 9-0, Bryan joins Napoleon as the lone teams without a loss among the top 10 teams in D-III.

Ottawa-Glandorf is once again second in the Division IV ratings, trailing only Columbus Hartley. O-G can wrap up a perfect 10-0 regular season on Friday at home against Van Wert.

Archbold has moved up from 13th to 12th in the Division V rankings this week while Leipsic fell from fourth to eighth in Division VI after suffering its first loss of the season to Liberty-Benton.

Cleveland St. Ignatius is number one in Division I followed by Lakewood St. Edward. Those two teams meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Byers Field in Parma in a game already sold out.

Toledo Central Catholic has the most points of any in the state with 241 and maintains the top ranking in Division II while Coldwater is rated first in Division V, just ahead of defending state champion Kirtland. Mogadore and McComb remain one-two in the Division VI rankings. McComb is at Leipsic on Friday night.

COLUMBUS (AP) -- 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

3, Day. Thurgood Marshall (2) 8-1 165

3, 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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