Five area teams No. 1 in first football computer ratings

Trotwood’s William McDaniel (with ball) is pursued by Troy’s Kobe Feltner (22) and Spencer Klopfenstein. Trotwood-Madison defeated Troy 48-0 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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Trotwood’s William McDaniel (with ball) is pursued by Troy’s Kobe Feltner (22) and Spencer Klopfenstein. Trotwood-Madison defeated Troy 48-0 in a Week 1 high school football game on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Centerville (Division I), Trotwood-Madison (D-II), Valley View (D-IV), Anna (D-V) and Marion Local (D-VI) all were ranked No. 1 in their respective regions of the first high school football computer ratings. The weekly ratings will be released on Tuesdays for the remainder of the regular season.

It was an impressive first-time showing by area teams and included four more that were No. 2.

• D-I, Region 3 was loaded with Greater Western Ohio Conference teams. Centerville and Fairmont were 1-2, with Wayne, coming off a defeat of previously unbeaten Miamisburg, at No. 4. Beavercreek was No. 5 and Springfield No. 7 and Northmont and Miamisburg 9-10.

There should be a major shakeup of those ratings following Week 5 matchups. Centerville hosts Springboro in a on Thursday. On Friday Beavercreek hosts Fairmont and Wayne visits Northmont.

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• D-II, Region 8 was top-loaded with Cincinnati powers, led by three-time defending D-II state champ Cincinnati LaSalle. Sidney was No. 4 and Belmont No. 5.

• Trotwood-Madison, a D-III state runner-up last season, was No. 1 and Franklin No. 2 in D-III, Region 12. Bellbrook was tied for No. 6 with Wilmington. Alter, which has lost only at Fairmont, was No. 8 and Dunbar, which lost only to Belmont, No. 9.

• Valley View was tops in D-IV, Region 16 by a small margin over future Central Buckeye Conference member London. Valley View hosts Franklin in a key Southwestern Buckeye League showdown on Friday. At No. 8 was Oakwood, which hasn’t advanced to the playoffs since 2008.

• Anna and Greeneview were 1-2 in D-V, Region 20. Also in contention in that region are No. 5 Miami East and No. 8 Preble Shawnee.

• Eight area teams are in contention in D-VI, Region 24, but it’s the No. 12 and last spot that is most noteworthy: Coldwater. Marion Local, St. Henry, Bethel and West Liberty-Salem own the top four spots. Dayton Christian is No. 6.

• Minster, last season’s D-VII state runner-up, is No. 3 in D-VII, Region 28. Of note in that small-school region is Tri-Village at No. 12. The Patriots are in only their second season as a varsity program and first in the Cross County Conference.

The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs. Point totals are determined by wins and second-level points are based on wins by a defeated opponent. A final ratings that determines playoff teams will be released by the OHSAA on Sunday, Oct. 29 following the end of the regular season.

There are seven divisions, made up of 28 regions (four each division) in Ohio high school football. There are 719 teams that are OHSAA members, of which 224 will qualify for the postseason. First-round games will be played at the higher seed, then shift to neutral sites. First-round games will be followed by regional semifinals, regional finals, state semifinals and state championships.

The title games return to Stark County after a three-run run at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. The championships all will be played at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

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