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Small changes in U.P. poll

ESCANABA — There’s very little change in the most recent U.P. football poll voted on by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Area teams Escanaba and North Central are both still ranked No. 1 in their respective divisions after each earned shutout victories over the weekend.

The Eskymos, the No. 1 team in the large school division, received six of seven first-place votes for the second consecutive week after blitzing rival Gladstone 35-0. Calumet, which is No. 2, received the other.

Marquette, which is responsible for Escanaba’s only loss, returned to the poll at No. 3 after rallying from a 21-0 deficit to stun Menominee 28-21 and take control of the Great Northern Conference race. The Maroons dropped to a tie with Westwood for No. 5 after suffering their second straight loss. Negaunee checks in at No. 4 for the second straight week.

Only one change was made in the small school division as Ishpeming moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 after hammering previously No. 2 West Iron County 28-0. The Wykons dropped to No. 3.

Iron Mountain remains No. 1, L’Anse is still No. 4 and Lake Linden-Hubbell is still No. 5.

North Central sits comfortably in the No. 1 spot in eight-player after hammering Newberry 54-0. The rest of the poll didn’t change either, as Pickford remains No. 2, Forest Park remains No. 3, Engadine remains No. 4 and Cedarville is still No. 5.

Escanaba moved up one spot to No. 6 in Division 4 in the Associated Press state poll, and North Central is moving closer to the top spot after receiving four of seven first-place votes. The Jets are currently just one point behind top-ranked Morrice, which has held that spot all year.

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