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Rebels' highest state ranking

October 30, 2012
From Staff Reports , Morning Journal News

COLUMBUS - The first 10-0 regular season in Crestview football history and now the team's highest state ranking.

Crestview finished fifth in the final Associated Press Division V high school football state poll released Monday.

The Rebels wrapped up the 10-0 season and a fifth straight Inter-Tri County League upper tier title by downing South Range, 57-14, Friday.

"It's over," Crestview coach Paul Cusick said. "That's the thing, it's a nice accomplishment, but as a coach you're already onto the next thing. I'm sure a few weeks from now when the season is over and when we're together around Christmas, we'll be thinking about it then."

The Rebels will host 10th-ranked Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in a first-round playoff game at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Crestview defeated St. Thomas, 41-20, in a second-round game last season.

St. Thomas has a 9-1 record and is enjoying its best season since going 9-1 in 1994.

Crestview hasn't been slowed this season, averaging 56.3 points and 474 total yards a game.

The Rebels have won 22 straight league games and 20 regular-season games in a row.

Crestview has been in the top 10 of the final rankings twice before - finishing seventh in 2009 and 10th in 1995. The only loss in the 1995 season came in overtime to eventual state champion Lisbon.

Coldwater, which has reached the state championship game five of the last seven years, is ranked No. 1 in Division V. Defending state champion Kirtland is second, Lima Central Catholic third and Sugarcreek Garaway fourth.

Youngstown Ursuline (6-4) is ranked 12th. The Irish will play at Sugarcreek Garaway on Saturday night.

See Tuesday's Morning Journal for the complete state football poll.



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