Few changes in prep grid poll
ESCANABA — Very little change was made in the Upper Peninsula high school football poll this week, with the No. 1 teams in each division remaining identical.
Calumet (5-0) is the unanimous leader in the Large School division, with Escanaba (3-2) remaining second. Gladstone (3-2) is honorable mention.
Kingsford (2-3) is third, followed by Westwood (3-2) and Marquette (2-3). Hancock (2-3) is also HM.
Ishpeming (5-0) remains the unanimous leader in the Small School ranks, followed by Iron Mountain (4-1), West Iron County (4-1), Gwinn (4-1) and St. Ignace (2-3). L’Anse 3-2) and Norway (2-3) are HM.
In the eight-player division, Pickford (5-0) stayed No. 1, followed by Engadine (4-1), Stephenson (4-1), Forest Park (3-2) and North Central (4-1). Cedarville (3-2) is HM.
There are several key games this week, with Escanaba hosting Menominee and North Central at Forest Park Friday highlighting the area teams.
Another big showdown Friday is in Iron Mountain, where No. 1 Calumet visits No. 2 IM.
Gwinn, a big upset victim of Houghton last week, tries to rebound against top-ranked Ishpeming.
Two premier eight-player matchups send Stephenson to Pickford Friday and Engadine to Superior Central Saturday.
A six-member group votes in the poll conducted by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
In the Associated Press state-wide poll using a band of state-wide writers, Pickford is No. 1 in the eight-player ranks, Stephenson is No. 5 and Forest Park is HM.
Calumet is No. 9 in D-6, in D-7, Ishpeming is No. 4 and West Iron is No. 9, with Iron Mountain in HM.
Detroit Loyola, which lost to Escanaba, is No. 8.
St. Ignace is No. 10 in D-8.