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Ironton No.1 in prep poll

It didn’t take the Ironton Fighting Tigers very long to get to No.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

It didn’t take the Ironton Fighting Tigers very long to get to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. The question is, will they stay there?

Ironton, 4-0, jumped two spots from third to first in this week’s AP high school football Division IV poll following losses by last week’s top two teams.

The move to No. 1 was aided when Youngstown Ursuline, last week’s No. 1, suffered a 54-16 loss to Division I power Warren Harding while No. 2 Canton Catholic was falling 24-14 to Division II power Poland Seminary.

Ironton knocked off Campbell County 28-10 and moved to No. 1 with Newark Licking Valley climbing to No. 2 and Coshocton leadped to take over at No. 3.

But staying at No. 1 won’t be easy for Ironton. This week Ironton plays at rival Ashland, Ky., and then hosts No. 5 Portsmouth next week. The Trojans beat Ironton 28-0 last year and won the Division III poll championship.

The rest of the schedule is just as tough with Dayton Dunbar, Belfry, Ky., and a season-ending road trip to Columbus St. Francis DeSales which is ranked seventh in Division III.

A complete poll list appears under Scoreboard on Page 11 in today’s print edition.