The UPSSA prep football poll received a bit of a shakeup this week in the aftermath of a somewhat surprising upset.
Escanaba (2-2), coming off consecutive defeats of 39 and 44 points at home, took to the road Friday night and handled Marquette (3-1) 31-22. Dave Falish, who ran for 148 yards in the victory had perhaps the best game of his career in leading a young Eskymos team to their first Great Northern Conference victory in the conference opener for both teams. With the win, Escanaba debuted in the poll at No. 5 while Marquette fell out of the rankings.
Escanaba's road trip continues Friday at Medford, Wis. while Marquette travels to Gladstone (2-2).
Also falling this week was Kingsford (3-1). The Flivvers met their match in visiting La Crosse Central, which rolled to a 36-14 victory, dropping Kingsford to No. 3 from their top ranking a week ago. Kingsford hosts new No. 1 Menominee (4-0) Friday in the Flivers' GNC opener. Menominee routed Gladstone 47-6 Friday night.
Moving up to No. 2 was Ishpeming after easily handling Westwood 38-8 Friday. The Hematites (4-0) host Norway (2-2) next, on Friday.
Negaunee (4-0) moved up to No. 4 after defeating Iron Mountain (2-2) 28-6 and will be heavily favored Friday as they host Gwinn (1-3).
The Little Five remained split. The top three remained the same as No. 1 Forest Park (4-0), No. 2 St. Ignace (4-0) and No. 3 North Dickinson (4-0) each won or received a forfeit. Forest Park and St. Ignace received two first place votes and North Dickinson received one.
The Nordics may have had the most impressive victory of the three, blasting Stephenson (2-2) 55-30. Forest Park received a forfeit from Ontonagon (0-4), which couldn't field enough players and St. Ignace routed Indian River Inland Lakes 58-6.
The Nordics will be heavily favored at home this week against Bark River-Harris (0-4), while Forest Park will receive a test as they host North Central (3-1) and their pass-happy offense led by sophomore quarterback Rob Granquist. The Saints will host Rogers City.
L'Anse (4-0) remained at No. 4 after clipping Hancock (1-3) 36-26 on Friday. Next up for the Purple Hornets is a home game against Baraga (0-4).
Pickford (4-0) took sole possession of No. 5 after rolling over Rogers City 48-25. The Panthers should receive a test this week, as they host downstate Pellston (4-0).
A key eight-man battle is going on this week as Cedarville (4-0) travels to Superior Central (4-0). Both teams routed their opponents on the road on Friday. Cedarville breezed past Engadine (2-1) 54-6 while Superior Central shredded Mid Peninsula (2-2) with their ultra-polished and senior-led air attack.
Remaining at No. 1 is Rapid River (4-0) which easily handled Brimley (0-4) 42-6. The Rockets host Engadine Friday.