St. Xavier No. 1 in DI, La Salle No.2 DII

Not surprisingly, St. Xavier's defending Division I champion Bombers lead the initial Ohio high school football poll as voted on by statewide media. The Bombers are 4-0 with wins over Lakota West, Colerain, Olentangy Liberty and Penn (Indiana). They face fourth-ranked Moeller on Friday at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. 

"You can throw polls away," St. Xavier coach Steve Specht said. "I laugh when people talk about polls. I just refer back to 2016 when we were 5-5 and we ended up winning a state championship. The polls are for the media and the fan bases and I think it's neat for the community. But ask our kids will tell you, we're 0-0 this week."

St. Xavier Bombers running back Charles Kellom (20) reacts after a touchdown against Colerain in the first half at Colerain High School Aug. 27, 2021.

Moeller is likewise 4-0 with wins over Lakota East, Chaminade-Julienne, East Central (Indiana) and Ironton. Lakota West, who just shut out Princeton, comes in at No. 8 in Division I while Lakota East received votes. 

In Division II, La Salle of the Greater Catholic League-South is at No. 2 with their only blemish coming from nationally-ranked IMG. The Lancers defeated Louisville Trinity last Friday. Undefeated Kings is at No. 4 having beaten Anderson 35-28 last Friday.

La Salle's Dylan Eddings (82) makes a touchdown reception for the Lancers, Sept. 3, 2021.

In Division III, Badin leads the locals at No. 3 with Ross at No. 7. 

Wyoming is second behind Van Wert in Division IV. Van Wert beat the Cowboys in the state semifinals last season. Undefeated McNicholas of the GCL-Coed comes in at No. 7 after defeating the Highlands Bluebirds of Fort Thomas Friday.  Clinton-Massie of the Southern Buckeye Conference is 10th. 

Wyoming running back C.J.Hester runs for a touchdown during their scrimmage against Northwest, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

Undefeated Mariemont is the top Southwest District team in Division V at No. 7, with Cincinnati Hills League rival Reading (4-0) at No. 9. Roger Bacon did receive some votes. There is currently no local representation in Divisions VI, nor VII.

Division I

1. St. Xavier (13)                   

2. Lakewood St. Edward (3)                    

3. Medina                                     

4. Moeller (2)                   

5. Springfield                                 

6. Hilliard Darby                             

7. Marysville (1)                              

8. Lakota West                    

9. Columbus Upper Arlington                     

10. Massillon Jackson                     

Others receiving 12 or more points: Pickerington Central 43. Lakota East 22. Pickerington North 18. Centerville (1) 12. 

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