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Ironton 2nd, Vikings 5th in computer ratings

Jim Walker



One went down while the other went up.

In the third weekly Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings, the Ironton Fighting Tigers dropped a spot while the Symmes Valley Vikings climbed two notches.

Ironton led Region 15 of Division IV the past two weeks but is No. 2 this week following a loss to Johnson Center, Ky.

St. Clairsville (6-0) took over the region lead with a 15.65 average while Ironton (5-1) posted a 13.7667 average.

Minford (6-0) is third with a 10.2 average followed by Johnstown-Monroe (5-1) at 9.0333, Martins Ferry (5-1) .0167, Cadiz Harrison Central (5-1) at 8.0, Piketon (4-2) 6.4 and Chillicothe Zane Trace (2-4) has a 4.675 average.

Ironton continues its difficult schedule stretch with Columbus Bishop Watterson this Friday, Columbus Bishop Hartley next week followed by a road game to Oak Hill.

Watterson is No. 10 in Region 10 of Division III, Hartley is second in Region 14 of Division IV and Oak Hill is third in Region 19 of Division V.

The Vikings (5-1) moved up to the fifth spot with a 6.4 average.

Newark Catholic (5-1) has the top spot with a 9.1 average, Zanesville Rosecrans (5-1) is second at 8.9, Danville (5-1) third at 8.654 and North Robinson Colonel Crawford (5-1) is fourth with a 7.1 average.

Glouster Trimble is sixth at 6.1667 followed by Portsmouth Notre Dame (5-1) at 5.95 and Hannibal River (3-3) at 4.5167.

The Vikings remaining schedule has Sciotville East on Friday followed by Oak Hill, Portsmouth Notre Dame and Buffalo who is ranked No. 12 in West Virginia’s small school Class A playoff ratings.

The top eight teams in each region of the six divisions qualify for the postseason playoffs. A list of the current top 12 teams in each region is listed on Page 10.