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West Michigan Conference, Muskegon area still well-represented in latest AP football polls

Whitehall and Montague line up at Whitehall’s packed football stadium during the “Battle for the Bell” game as the setting sun reflects off the clouds above Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Whitehall, Mich. (Kara Raeth | CatchMark)

Whitehall’s 7-1 football team stayed put at No. 4 in the latest Associated Press Division 4 state rankings released on Monday on the heels of the Vikings’ 34-14 “Battle for the Bell” win over Montague.

Meanwhile, Montague (6-2) slipped a few spots but remains in the Division 6 rankings at No. 10 this week. The reigning state champion Wildcats were No. 5 in last week’s poll.

In total, six Muskegon-area teams – three from the West Michigan Conference – remain in the AP’s statewide polls following Week 8 games.

Mona Shores (6-2) climbs two spots to No. 6 in Division 2, Muskegon (7-1) remains No. 4 in Division 3, Oakridge (7-1) stays No. 10 in Division 5 and Muskegon Catholic Central (7-1) moves up a spot to No. 6 in Division 7.

The rankings are compiled by the AP from votes submitted by media members across the state. Here are the complete rankings with number of first-place votes and team record in parentheses followed by total votes in the poll.

Division 1

1. Rockford {4} (8-0)  — 49

2. Belleville {1} (7-1)  — 43

3. Saline (8-0)  — 39

4. Grand Blanc (8-0)  — 34

5. Rochester Adams (8-0)  — 32

6. West Bloomfield (7-1)  — 24

7. Clarkston (7-1)  — 20

8. Brownstown Woodhaven (8-0)  — 13

(tie) Romeo (7-1)  — 13

10. Hartland (7-1)  — 6

Others receiving votes: Ann Arbor Huron 1. Dearborn Fordson 1.

Division 2

1. Warren De La Salle {5} (7-0)  — 50

2. South Lyon (8-0)  — 43

3. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (7-1)  — 37

4. Traverse City Central (7-1)  — 36

5. Caledonia (7-1)  — 34

6. Muskegon Mona Shores (6-2)  — 24

7. Livonia Churchill (6-2)  — 15

8. Portage Central (6-2)  — 14

9. Temperance Bedford (6-2)  — 8

10. Bay City Western (6-2)  — 6

Others receiving votes: Dexter 3. East Lansing 2. Byron Center 2. Grosse Pointe South 1.

Division 3

1. Detroit King {5} (7-1)  — 50

2. DeWitt (7-1)  — 44

3. Mount Pleasant (8-0)  — 41

4. Muskegon (7-1)  — 35

5. Riverview (8-0)  — 28

6. River Rouge (5-2)  — 27

7. Cedar Springs (6-2)  — 13

8. Zeeland West (6-2)  — 11

9. Gibraltar Carlson (7-1)  — 6

10. Haslett (6-2)  — 5

Others receiving votes: Allen Park 4. Mason 4. Harper Woods 3. Marquette 3. Warren Fitzgerald 1.

Division 4

1. Chelsea {4} (8-0)  — 49

2. Edwardsburg {1} (8-0)  — 44

3. Hudsonville Unity Christian (8-0)  — 42

4. Whitehall (7-1)  — 34

5. Croswell-Lexington (7-1)  — 28

6. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (7-1)  — 22

7. Vicksburg (7-1)  — 19

8. Cadillac (6-2)  — 12

9. Lake Fenton (7-1)  — 10

10. Freeland (7-1)  — 9

Others receiving votes: Spring Lake 5. Livonia Clarenceville 1.

Division 5

1. Grand Rapids Catholic Central {5} (8-0)  — 50

2. Frankenmuth (8-0)  — 45

3. Kingsley (8-0)  — 38

4. Marine City (8-0)  — 35

5. Grand Rapids West Catholic (7-1)  — 27

6. Berrien Springs (8-0)  — 26

7. Comstock Park (8-0)  — 17

8. Gladwin (8-0)  — 16

9. Portland (6-2)  — 10

10. Muskegon Oakridge (7-1)  — 9

Others receiving votes: Olivet 1. Armada 1.

Division 6

1. Lansing Catholic {5} (8-0)  — 50

2. Constantine (8-0)  — 45

3. Millington (8-0)  — 40

4. Jonesville (8-0)  — 34

5. Reed City (7-1)  — 30

6. Negaunee (7-1)  — 25

7. Boyne City (7-1)  — 16

8. Michigan Center (7-1)  — 15

9. Standish-Sterling (7-1)  — 12

10. Montague (6-2)  — 5

Others receiving votes: Ida 3.

Division 7

1. Traverse City St. Francis {5} (8-0)  — 50

2. Pewamo-Westphalia (8-0)  — 45

3. Jackson Lumen Christi (7-1)  — 36

4. Lawton (8-0)  — 34

5. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (7-1)  — 32

6. Muskegon Catholic Central (7-1)  — 24

7. Reese (7-1)  — 18

8. Ishpeming Westwood (7-1) — 11

9. Detroit Central (8-0)  — 9

10. Bad Axe (7-1) — 6

(tie) Madison Heights Bishop Foley (7-1) 6

Others receiving votes: Evart 2. Detroit Loyola 1. Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker 1.

Division 8

1. Hudson {5} (8-0)  — 50

2. Addison (8-0)  — 44

3. Ottawa Lake Whiteford (7-1)  — 41

4. Ubly (8-0)  — 34

5. Beal City (7-1)  — 28

6. Clarkston Everest Catholic (7-1)  — 22

7. White Pigeon (7-1)  — 17

8. Breckenridge (6-2)  — 14

9. Carson City-Crystal (7-1)  — 11

10. Centreville (6-2)  — 10

Others receiving votes: Sand Creek 4.

8 Player

1. Powers North Central {4} (8-0)  — 67

2. Adrian Lenawee Christian {2} (8-0)  — 60

3. Portland St Patrick {1} (8-0)  — 56

4. Suttons Bay (8-0)  — 47

5. Morrice (8-0)  — 37

6. Martin (8-0)  — 33

7. Pickford (7-1)  — 27

8. Britton-Deerfield (8-0)  — 21

9. Au Gres-Sims (8-0)  — 12

10. North Huron (8-0)  — 6

Others receiving votes: Marion 5. Deckerville 3. Indian River-Inland Lakes 3. Colon 3. Munising 2.  Rogers City 1. Crystal Falls Forest Park 1. Lake Linden-Hubbell 1.

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