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Ironton stays No. 1 in AP poll

Still the one.

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Still the one. After seven weeks, the Ironton Fighting Tigers remained ranked first in the Associated Press Division IV high school football poll.

But the stretch run will determine whether or not Ironton can win a fourth AP poll title or watch another team leap frog should the Fighting TIgers lose.

Ironton, 7-0, received 21 first place votes again and had 326 points. Licking Valley remained second with 263 points and four first place votes. Ironton’s 63 point lead is up from last week’s 50 point spread.

Youngstown Ursuline is third followed by Canton Central Catholic, Kenton, Germantown Valley View, Portsmouth, Coldwater, Perry, and Chagrin Falls.

Youngstown Ursuline is the defending Division IV state champion in the OHSAA playoffs but may not qualify this year.

The Fighting Tigers play host to Dayton Dunbar Friday, a Division III school, and close with a pair of tough road games at Belfry, Ky., and Division III powerhouse Columbus St. Francis DeSales.

DeSales is ranked ninth in the poll.

Warren Harding continues to lead Division I, but Amherst Steele is the new leader in Division II after East Liverpool lost last week to Richmond Edison.

Sunbury Big Walnut is first in Division III. Gallipolis is ranked 13th in Division III.

Bedford Chanel is first in Division V and Mogadore takes over the leadership in Division VI after trailing Maria Stein Marion Local by one point last week.

A complete poll list appears under "Scoreboard."