COLUMBUS - Springfield Local climbs into the Associated Press high school football state poll for the first time this season to set up a state-ranked battle on Friday.
Springfield, ranked 15th in Division VI, will put its five-game winning streak on the line when the Tigers travel to Crestview, ranked 14th in Division V. Both teams are 5-1 on the season.
The Tigers are 3-0 in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier, tied with South Range for the league lead.
Five-time defending champion Crestview is a game back at 2-1 and needs a win to stay in the chase.
South Range, the area's only remaining unbeaten team, climbed a spot to fifth in Division VI. Kirtland is the top-ranked team in Division VI.
South Range will play at Columbiana on Friday.
The Inter-Tri County League lower tier also has three state-ranked teams, including co-leaders Western Reserve (6-0) and Lowellville (5-1) at second and 11th, respectively in Division VII.
Wellsville (5-1) dropped two spots to 10th in Division VII after suffering its first loss of the season, 27-21, at Lowellville last Friday. It was the third straight year Lowellville beat Wellsville.
Western Reserve will host Lowellville on Friday, while Wellsville travels to Sebring.
Struthers (6-0), ranked 16th in Division IV, will host Beaver Local on Friday.
See Tuesday's Morning Journal for the complete state football poll.