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UPSSA football poll: Saints take over top spot in final poll

October 23, 2012
By Keith Shelton - Sports Editor (kshelton@dailypress.net) , Daily Press

Every team in the UPSSA poll won or didn't play in the final week of the regular season, but there was some shuffling nonetheless.

The Big Five poll remained the same, as it should have, though the votes were somewhat different.

Great Northern Conference champion No. 1-ranked Kingsford (8-1) will host undefeated Grayling (9-0) in a tough first round test. On the other side of the Division-5, Region 1 bracket, No. 2 Menominee (8-1) will host Kingsley (6-3), setting up a possible GNC rematch in the title game.

In the Little Five poll however, St. Ignace (9-0) leapfrogged idle North Dickinson (8-0) to take over the top spot. The Division-8 Saints clipped a seemingly superior opponent in week nine, getting past D-4 playoff-bound Cheboygan (6-3) 14-10.

St, Ignace will host North Central (5-4) Friday at 7 p.m. The Jets had to have a number of things go their way on Saturday to squeak into the playoffs after suffering a 35-6 loss to No. 4 Stephenson (7-2) in week nine.

Stephenson was another team that fell in the rankings despite the victory, getting surpassed by No. 3 Gogebic (6-2) which disposed of Ironwood (2-7).

Fact Box

BIG FIVE

Kingsford (5) (8-1) 25

Menominee (8-1) 20

Negaunee (8-1) 13

Ishpeming (8-1) 8

Marquette (5-3) 8

Other:?Calumet (6-3) 1

LITTLE FIVE

St. Ignace (3) (9-0) 23

North Dickinson (2) (8-0) 22

Gogebic (6-2) 12

Stephenson (7-2) 11

Forest Park (7-2) 5

Other:?L'Anse (7-2) 2

EIGHT-MAN

Cedarville (5) (9-0) 25

Rapid River (7-2) 20

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Poll is conducted by a five-member panel for the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. First place votes follow team name.

The Eagles will face Pickford (7-2) in what should be among the better first round matchups in the Upper Peninsula.

No. 5 Forest Park (7-2) will meet L'Anse (7-2) in another intriguing matchup.

Manistique (6-3), winners of their regular season finale in double overtime couldn't garner a ranking in the final poll, but the Emeralds are postseason bound nonetheless. They will travel to face Calumet (6-3), winners of their last six games. The Copper Kings took care of business at Gladstone (2-7) in their regular season finale.

A tough draw awaits No. 2 (Eight-Man) Rapid River (7-2) as it will host Superior Central (6-2) in a week seven matchup that the Rockets won 30-27. The winner of that game will go on to face the winner of No. 1 Cedarville (9-0) and Engadine (4-4).

The Rockets dropped their regular season finale against Bellaire (6-3) 28-16, after quarterback Jake Pearson had to leave the game with an ankle injury. Pearson returned to play the second half but the Rockets were unable to rally back.

 
 

 

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