High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 6:30 PM


            Trotwood’s Dallas Daniels goes for a catch over Kobe Feltner. Trotwood-Madison defeated Troy 48-0 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Trotwood’s Dallas Daniels goes for a catch over Kobe Feltner. Trotwood-Madison defeated Troy 48-0 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

DIVISION I

1. Cleveland St. Ignatius (18) 6-0 260

2. Cincinnati St. Xavier (9) 6-0 248

3. Lakewood St. Edward 6-0 212

4. Centerville 6-0 168

5. Toledo Whitmer (1) 6-0 155

6. Canton McKinley 6-0 151

7. Hilliard Bradley 6-0 115

8. Mentor 5-1 52

9. Stow-Munroe Falls 5-1 40

10. Pickerington North 6-1 19

Others receiving 12 or more points: Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 16. Pickerington Central 13.

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DIVISION II

1. Avon (19) 6-0 249

2. Cincinnati Winton Woods (8) 6-0 244

3. Cincinnati La Salle 5-1 182

4. Cincinnati Anderson 6-0 181

5. Medina Highland 6-0 154

6. Sidney 6-0 121

7. Wadsworth (1) 6-0 115

8. Columbus Walnut Ridge 6-0 89

9. Cleveland Benedictine 5-1 47

10. Grafton Midview 5-1 39

Others receiving 12 or more points: Akron Hoban 25. Sylvania Northview 23. Hudson 15. Belmont 14. Barberton 13. Massillon Washington 13.

DIVISION III

1. Trotwood-Madison (22) 6-0 261

2. Clyde (1) 6-0 198

3. Canfield (4) 6-0 192

4. Toledo Central Catholic 5-1 151

5. Sandusky 6-0 128

6. Columbus Marion-Franklin 6-0 115

7. Parma Padua 6-0 103

8. Medina Buckeye 6-0 90

9. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 6-0 78

10. Franklin 5-1 44

Others receiving 12 or more points: Columbus Bishop Hartley 38. Bay Village Bay (1) 26. Columbus St. Francis DeSales 19. Alter 16. New Philadelphia 14. Tallmadge 13. Chardon 12.

DIVISION IV

1. Steubenville (22) 6-0 252

2. Valley View (3) 6-0 223

3. Perry (1) 6-0 164

4. Bellville Clear Fork 6-0 162

5. Clarksville Clinton-Massie (1) 6-0 153

6. Poland Seminary (1) 6-0 137

7. London 6-0 104

8. Shelby 6-0 87

9. Oberlin Firelands 6-0 63

10. Cincinnati Wyoming 6-0 61

Others receiving 12 or more points: Girard 18. Cincinnati Indian Hill 17. Plain City Jonathan Alder 16. Newark Licking Valley 15. Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 13.

DIVISION V

1. Pemberville Eastwood (15) 6-0 232

2. Wheelersburg (9) 6-0 213

3. Canfield S. Range (2) 6-0 201

4. Portsmouth West 6-0 166

5. Marion Pleasant (1) 5-0 145

6. Orwell Grand Valley 6-0 108

7. Sullivan Black River 6-0 102

8. Anna 5-1 98

9. Greeneview 6-0 83

10. Archbold (1) 5-1 37

Others receiving 12 or more points: Liberty Center 26. Milan Edison 21. Belmont Union Local 20. Gahanna Columbus Academy 19. Tontogany Otsego 18. Bethel-Tate 17.

DIVISION VI

1. Marion Local (26) 6-0 278

2. Kirtland (1) 6-0 201

3. Mogadore (1) 6-0 196

4. Nelsonville-York 6-0 153

5. Sarahsville Shenandoah 6-0 129

6. St. Henry 5-1 102

7. Rootstown 6-0 97

8. Coldwater 4-2 96

9. Creston Norwayne 5-1 91

10. Findlay Liberty-Benton 5-1 38

Others receiving 12 or more points: Smithville 28. Mechanicsburg 22. West Liberty-Salem 16.

DIVISION VII

1. Dalton (19) 6-0 264

2. Cleveland Cuyahoga Heights (3) 6-0 222

3. Norwalk St. Paul (5) 6-0 212

4. Pandora-Gilboa (1) 6-0 170

5. Danville 5-1 149

6. Windham 5-1 89

7. Convoy Crestview 5-1 87

8. Sidney Lehman 5-1 85

9. Delphos St. John’s 4-2 40

10. Haviland Wayne Trace 5-1 32

(tie) Lucas 5-1 32

(tie) Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 5-1 32

Others receiving 12 or more points: McComb 30. Minster 22. Warren John F. Kennedy 16. Lisbon David Anderson 16.

Notre Dame LB Greer Martini (knee) out vs. USC

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

Notre Dame linebacker Greer Martini will miss Saturday’s game vs. USC due to having surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his knee, the team announced.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes Martini, a co-starter at the buck linebacker spot alongside junior Te’von Coney, will be able to return for the Irish’s next game on Oct. 28 vs. visiting N.C. State, according this quote obtained by  Rivals.com reporter Lou Somogyi.

“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have him back for North Carolina State,” said Kelly. “He had a small procedure done to clean up a small meniscus. He was moving around today pretty good, but we would be rushing to get him back. We’ll hold him out this week but we feel really confident we’ll get him back next week.”

Martini is a co-captain for Notre Dame and has the third most tackles on the team this season with 39 tackles, as well as two for a loss and two forced fumbles.

The senior recorded his first career interception on Sept. 30 vs. Miami (OH).

For his career, Martini has amassed 155 tackles (13.5 tackles for a loss) and five sacks.

Notre Dame hosts long-time rival USC on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. (EST), with the contest televised on NBC.

TCU to sport LaDainian Tomlinson helmet stickers for homecoming game vs Kansas

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:18 PM

The No. 4 Horned Frogs are going all out in paying tribute to TCU-great LaDainian Tomlinson during the team’s homecoming game against Kansas on Saturday.

According to a Twitter post from TCU football, the Horned Frogs will sport “Congrats LT” helmet stickers on Saturday honoring the former All-American running back who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Tomlinson — who played at TCU from 1997 to 2000 — will be honored during the homecoming game in Fort Worth. The recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee set multiple TCU rushing feats before enjoying an 11-season NFL career — the majority with the San Diego Chargers.

Tomlinson set an NCAA record of 406 rushing yards in a single game against UTEP in 1999, though it was eclipsed by former Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and then former Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine within less than a month during the 2014 season. Tomlinson finished his senior season in 2000 with an NCAA-best 2,158 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

Kickoff for the TCU-Kansas game is set for 7 p.m. CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday. The Horned Frogs currently sit as 39-point favorites over the Jayhawks.

EXCLUSIVE: Commitment video for All-American OT Richard Gouraige

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

TAMPA, Fla. — Richard Gouraige is ready to decide on a school after announcing his finalists this week.

The 4-star offensive tackle reveals his college choice below in an exclusive commitment video with SEC Country. Clemson and Florida are the finalists for the Under Armour All-American.

“It’s a huge relief off my shoulders,” Gouraige said. “I finally get to focus on my school and my team. I just want to play football, go to college and make my family proud.”

Gouraige’s mother is from Haiti and worked three jobs as a single parent to raise him and his younger siblings. He opens up about his upbringing in the video.

“There’s nothing better than seeing my mom smile and happy with my decision,” Gouraige said. “My brother and sister support me, too.”

Gouraige, who holds more than 35 offers, is ranked the No. 10 prospect at his position and No. 106 nationally in the 247Sports composite. The 6-foot-5, 283-pound lineman attends Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla.

“I really appreciate all the coaches who recruited me throughout the process and everyone who helped me get to this point,” Gouraige said. “It was tough trying to narrow down my list to just two teams, but I know what school is home for me.”

Michigan blowing out Penn State would not surprise analyst Anthony Herron

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

Penn State enters its most-anticipated home game of the season as 9.5-point favorites over Michigan. And most people who are picking the Wolverines to win think the game would still be a close call.

That’s not the case with Anthony Herron of the Pac-12 Network. Herron was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Friday afternoon, and when the Penn State-Michigan game came up, Herron was not shy about picking the upset. He went as far to say that he “wouldn’t even be surprised” if Michigan blew out Penn State at Beaver Stadium.

“Michigan is a good team who is going to go in and defeat Penn State,” Herron said. “I wouldn’t even be surprised if they blow Penn State out. I think they’re going to punch Penn State in the nose and the Nittany Lions aren’t going to know how to respond. Michigan is going to dominate this game. Mark my words.”

Herron, a former Iowa player, said that Penn State has not been tested yet while the No. 19 Wolverines will come into Saturday night’s game with better focus.

“When you have a situation like Penn State where they haven’t really been tested and people are already anointing Saquon Barkley — with good reason, a generational talent at running back– but he’s only rushed for over 100 yards once this season, let’s not act like he’s been lighting up the scoreboard,” Herron said. “James Franklin is talking about other jobs. These are things to me that add up intangibly to a Pen State team that will be slightly less focused in a home game being tested for the first time, and a Michigan team that’s going to come in ticked off.”

Here are his full comments on the game:

And his response to some upset Penn State fans: