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Wind stymies computer release

Hurricane Ike must not like football.

Not only has the hurricane’s destruction altered football schedules in Texas and surrounding areas, but its far-reaching winds have blown out electricity in Ohio including Columbus.

The loss of electricity has prevented the Ohio High School Athletic Association from computing the first week’s football ratings.

Although the OHSAA is on hold, there are some unofficial ratings that can be released.

In Region 15 of Division IV, Ironton (3-1) sits in the No. 5 spot with an approximate average of 5.3125. Union Local at 7.6500 is first followed by New Lexington at 6.9250, Bishop Hartley 6.5947, and Licking Heights is fourth at 5.8500.

The rest of the top 10 has Meigs, Martins Ferry, Waverly, Westfall and Amanda Clearcreek.

Everyone is 4-0 except Licking Heights, Martins Ferry and Waverly who are 3-1. Westfall and Amanda are 2-2.

In Division V, Wheelersburg leads Region 19 with a 7.2500 average. The Pirates are followed by Fredericktown, Heath, Liberty Union, Portsmouth West, Minford, Bishop Ready, Paint Valley, Ridgewood, and Federal Hocking.

No other area teams are in the top 10. The top eight teams in each region of each division in the final ratings qualify for the postseason playoffs.