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Two new teams on top of U.P. football poll No. 3

September 25, 2012
By Brandon Veale - DMG Sports Editor ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The top of the heap appears impenetrable in U.P. Division 8 football, while chinks are developing in the armor of the peninsula's bigger schools.

The U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's football poll has its third top team in as many weeks in Division 1-7.

Just two unbeaten teams remain at that level, and the new No. 1 is one of the two: Ishpeming, now 5-0 after an easy 45-6 Homecoming win over Norway.

Senior tailback and Homecoming King Eric Kostreva ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries.

The Hematites, wearing pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness, held the Knights to just 85 total yards and led 27-0 after a quarter.

They're number one after Menominee's first loss of the season, a 14-13 thriller at Kingsford Friday. Justin Brilinski scored on an 18-yard TD catch with 2:06 to play, but the Flivvers stuffed a two-point conversion attempt and held on for the win to make both teams 4-1.

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1. Ishpeming (5) 5-0 25

2. Kingsford 4-1 20

3. Menominee 4-1 14

4. Negaunee 5-0 11

5. Marquette 4-1 5


1. St. Ignace (2) 5-0 22

2. Forest Park (2) 5-0 21

3. N. Dickinson (1) 5-0 17

4. L'Anse 5-0 9

5. Pickford 5-0 6


1. Rapid River (4) 5-0 24

2. Cedarville (1) 5-0 21

Ishpeming and Kingsford are 1-2 on all ballots this week. Menominee is third with 14 poll points.

The only other undefeated is No. 4 Negaunee, which routed Gwinn 49-6 Friday and has 11 poll points.

The Miners and Hematites meet in Week 7.

Marquette (4-1) is No. 5 on all ballots after a 35-14 win at Gladstone.

There's a new top team in Division 8 too, but not because of any losses. A change of heart led to a reversal of the one-point difference between St. Ignace and Forest Park.

The Saints took over No. 1 with 22 poll points after another thumping, this time delivered to Rogers City 54-0.

Forest Park has 21 points. The Trojans cruised past North Central 49-14. Both St. Ignace and FP received two first-place votes, while the fifth went to FP's opponent Friday, North Dickinson. The Nordics whitewashed Bark River-Harris 40-0.

L'Anse is No. 4 for the third straight week after its blowout win over Baraga, while No. 5 this week is 5-0 Pickford, a 32-0 win over previous Ski Valley North Division co-leaders Pellston.



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