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Whitmer holds top spot in regional football rankings

10/04/2017, 8:00am EDT

Seventeen area high school teams currently hold playoff spots

Quarterback Riley Keller and Whitmer are ranked No. 5 in the latest statewide AP poll. THE BLADE

Whitmer was the top team in Division I, Region 2, in the state high school football computer rankings before last week, and the Panthers’ win Friday over Central Catholic has kept the squad on that perch.

The computer rankings determine the 32 teams in each division — eight in each region — that will make the state’s playoff field at the end of the season. In those rankings, Whitmer (5-0) is ranked No. 1 in the region and would be the top seed if the playoffs began today, while TRAC compatriot Findlay is ranked fifth. 

The Panthers also hold the No. 1 spot in their division in the most recent Blade poll of area teams.

Looking at the rest of the computer rankings:

■ In Division II, Region 6, unbeaten Northview continues to hold the No. 5 spot, while Fremont Ross (No. 6) and Anthony Wayne (No. 8) moved into the current playoff field after being out in last week’s rankings. Outside the playoff bubble, Springfield is 11th while St. John’s Jesuit is 12th.

■ After the loss to Whitmer, Central Catholic (5-1) fell to third in the Division III, Region 10 rankings behind Parma Padua and Clyde (6-0). Bowling Green (3-3) remains in the final playoff spot of eighth after a win over Perrysburg.

■ In Division IV, Region 14, Wauseon (5-1) moved up one spot to fifth.

■ A strong northwest Ohio contingent remains in Division V, Region 18, with unbeaten Eastwood holding the No. 2 spot. Archbold (5-1) jumped Otsego (5-1) to take the No. 3 spot while Liberty Center (5-1) holds fifth even after suffering their first loss vs. Wauseon. Genoa (5-1) is in seventh, Swanton (4-2) is in ninth, Lake (4-2) holds the No. 10 spot, and Fostoria (4-2) is ranked 12th.

■ Liberty-Benton (5-1) sits atop the Division VI, Region 22 rankings, with Gibsonburg (5-1) in fourth and Ottawa Hills (4-2) just two spots outside the playoff field in 10th. Evergreen, which was winless a season ago, is now 3-3 and holds the No. 12 ranking.

■ In Division VII, Region 26, unbeaten Pandora-Gilboa has the top overall ranking, while 5-1 McComb jumped from ninth to fourth and North Baltimore moved from 11th to seventh.

In the statewide AP rankings, Whitmer moved up a spot to fifth in Division I with Northview holding the No. 12 spot in D-II. Central Catholic fell to fourth in Division III, two spots below Clyde. Eastwood continues to be ranked No. 1 in Division V with Archbold in 10th and Liberty Center and Otsego just outside the top 10. 

In D-VI, Liberty-Benton moved into the top 10 at 10th, while Pandora-Gilboa is jumped from seventh to fourth in D-VII.

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