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Ohio high school football poll

COLUMBIANA — Crestview is showing up in the Associated Press high school football poll for the first time this season in time for its biggest game.

The Rebels, coming off in impressive 23-15 win over previously-unbeaten Garrettsville Garfield in Division V playoff action Saturday, are ranked 11th in the latest poll.

“I kind of felt we were flying under the radar, which is fine,” Crestview coach Paul Cusick said.

The Rebels are 6-1 on the season and have won 10 of their last 11 games.

“Its always nice,” Cusick said about the state ranking. “It means you get recognition across the state. Its important to get your brand out there This helps our kids get recognition for the good things they are doing.”

Now the Rebels are getting ready for their biggest game of the season against their best opponent to date — South Range, which is 8-0 and ranked third in the state.

The teams were scheduled to play in the second week, but that was changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at South Range High School.

Cusick has watched film of the Raiders the past two days.

“They’re South Range and we’ve had some good battles over the years and I hope so again,” he said.

This will be the fourth time these teams have met in the playoffs. South Range has the first three playoff meetings.

“I don’t think our players think about that kind of stuff,” Cusick said. “Players today are about here and now. I know our guys are excited about playing them.”

South Range won 49-32 in 2005, 21-7 in 2006 and 28-14 in 2017.

It will be an interesting matchup as South Range averages 41.3 points a game, while Crestview fields the top defense giving up 7.9 points a game.

South Range beaten Crestview the last five times, including a 42-0 decision last year. Crestview’s last win over South Range was by a 20-17 count in 2015.

“They’re just consistently good,” Cusick said. “Every year they plug in new guys and don’t seem to miss a beat. They may be different kids, but the numbers look the same.”

South Range has won 13 of its last 14 games, the lone loss coming to eventual state champion Kirtland. in the playoffs last year.

This season was different than last year for the Rebels. Crestview had no seniors last year and it was a work in progress.

It was a good thing for the Rebels they had a veteran team this season and not a young one like last year.

“I would have been a basket case,” Cusick sad. “It seemed like I was baby sitting last year. It was nice to have some older guys this year. They could get refocused and we could back on track.”

The Rebels have lived up to expectations so far.

“I thought we had a chance to be pretty good,” Cusick said. “I just didn’t know. You can never say you expect to win so many games, but I was excited with some of the kids we had coming back. I really like the fact we continued to improve week by week.”

Springfield (8-0) remains fourth in Division VI. The Tigers will host 11th-ranked Mogadore (6-1) in playoff action at 7 p.m. Saturday. Mogadore’s lone loss was to Garrettsville Garfield, 28-21.

Springfield has won 27 of its last 28 games — the lone loss coming to Anna in the 2019 state championship game. The Tigers are outscoring their opponents by an average of 37.4 points a game.

In Division III, third-ranked Canfield (8-0) will play at sixth-ranked Streetsboro (8-0) in a playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday. High-powered Streetsboro has scored at least 35 points every game and is averaging 52.4 points.

Also ranked in the state poll are St. Clairsville (8-0), second in Division IV; Garrettsville Garfield (7-1), 14th in Division V; and Warren JFK (6-2) fifth, Malvern (7-1) 12th and McDonald (7-1) 15th in Division VII.

DIVISION I

1, Pickerington Central (15) 9-0 164

2, West Chester Lakota West (1) 9-0 152

3, Mentor 8-1 118

4, Clayton Northmont (1) 8-0 107

5, Springfield 7-1 95

6, Cincinnati St. Xavier 7-2 71

7, Westerville Central 7-1 67

8, Dublin Coffman 9-1 41

9, Cincinnati Princeton 6-2 36

10, Lakewood St. Edward 6-2 31

Others receiving 12 or more points: Powell Olentangy Liberty 21. Medina 20.

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DIVISION II

1, Akron Hoban (15) 7-0 157

2, Toledo Central Catholic 6-0 129

3, Avon 8-0 123

4, Massillon Perry 8-0 104

5, Westerville South (1) 7-0 79

6, Hudson 8-0 76

7, Massillon Washington 7-1 75

(tie) Cincinnati Winton Woods (1) 8-0 75

9, Cincinnati La Salle 6-2 51

10, Piqua 7-1 21

Others receiving 12 or more points: Kings Mills Kings 17.

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DIVISION III

1, Chardon (11) 8-0 155

2, Bellbrook (2) 8-0 136

3, Canfield (1) 8-0 112

4, Hamilton Badin (1) 8-0 111

5, Plain City Jonathan Alder (1) 8-0 99

6, Streetsboro (1) 8-0 92

7, Thornville Sheridan 8-0 68

8, Columbus St. Francis DeSales 6-1 59

9, New Philadelphia 7-1 34

10, Kettering Archbishop Alter 6-2 30

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

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DIVISION IV

1, Clarksville Clinton-Massie (13) 8-0 153

2, St. Clairsville (2) 8-0 136

3, Cincinnati Wyoming (1) 7-0 132

4, Bellevue 8-0 103

5, Canal Fulton Northwest 8-0 92

6, Bloom-Carroll (1) 8-0 85

7, Waverly 8-0 80

8, Shelby 8-0 65

9, Cincinnati Indian Hill 7-1 28

10, Byesville Meadowbrook 8-0 16

Others receiving 12 or more points: None.

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DIVISION V

1, Kirtland (12) 7-0 162

2, Ironton (1) 8-0 140

3, South Range (2) 8-0 128

4, West Lafayette Ridgewood 8-0 111

5, St. Bernard Roger Bacon (2) 8-0 105

6, Wheelersburg 7-1 78

7, Tontogany Otsego 8-0 68

8, Findlay Liberty-Benton 7-1 27

9, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 7-1 19

10, Ottawa-Glandorf 7-1 16

Others receiving 12 or more points: Columbiana Crestview 15. Versailles 14. Garrettsville Garfield 12.

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DIVISION VI

1, Coldwater (11) 8-0 163

2, Mechanicsburg 8-0 136

3, Beverly Fort Frye (3) 8-0 130

4, New Middletown Springfield (1) 8-0 113

5, Archbold (1) 8-0 94

6, Wickliffe 8-0 72

7, North Robinson Colonel Crawford 8-0 62

8, Frankfort Adena 8-0 53

9, Creston Norwayne (1) 8-0 41

10, West Jefferson 7-1 25

Others receiving 12 or more points: Mogadore 19. Sherwood Fairview 15.

DIVISION VII

1, Maria Stein Marion Local (16) 8-0 169

2, Glouster Trimble 8-0 136

3, Ft. Loramie (1) 7-1 116

4, Lima Central Catholic 6-1 113

5, Warren John F. Kennedy 6-2 92

6, New Madison Tri-Village 7-1 49

7, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon 7-0 36

8, Dalton 6-2 28

9, DeGraff Riverside 7-1 27

10, Lucas 6-2 24

Others receiving 12 or more points: Lima Perry 22. Malvern 20. Norwalk St. Paul 20. New Bremen 19. McDonald 18.

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