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It's now or never for bubble teams

October 22, 2013
Keith Shelton - sports editor (kshelton@dailypress.net) , Daily Press

The sixth UPSSA football poll released Tuesday displayed some indecision in the Little Five poll. The North Central Jets (6-2), ranked third or fourth for the last several weeks defeated Bark River-Harris (2-6) 40-12 Friday night and remained No. 4, tied with North Dickinson (6-2). However, L'Anse (7-1) which defeated Eagle River-Phelps, Wis. based Northern Elite 35-13 leapfrogged both teams. The Purple Hornets received one more vote than the Nordics and Jets and was ranked No. 3. All three teams are playoff eligible. North Central will wrap up at home against Stephenson (4-4) in Week 9. At stake for the Jets is a chance to open the postseason at home for the first time in school history. Possible district matchups for North Central include Pickford (5-3) and Munising (5-3) among others, but both the Panthers and Mustangs will have some work to do. Munising has won five straight after an 0-3 start but will need to beat L'Anse in Week 9 to be assured a spot. Pickford will need to handle Onaway at home.

Fact Box

UPSSA?football poll

BIG?FIVE

Record Pts.

No. 1 Menominee (3) (8-0)23

No. 2 Ishpeming (2) (8-0)22

No. 3 Negaunee (7-1)15

No. 4 West Iron County (8-0) 9

No. 5 Marquette (5-2) 6

LITTLE?FIVE

Record Pts.

No. 1 Forest Park (5) (8-0)25

No. 2 St. Ignace (7-1) 20

No. 3 L'Anse (7-1)10

No. 4 North Central (6-2) 9

No. 4 North Dickinson (6-2)9

Others receiving votes:?Lake Linden-Hubbell (5-3), 2

EIGHT-MAN

Record Pts.

No. 1 Rapid River (5) (7-0) 25

No. 2 Cedarville (7-1) 20

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First-place votes follow team name. Voting conducted by five-member panel for the U.P. Sportswriters and

 
 

 

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