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Southern puts 6-0 mark on the line

From Staff Reports

COLUMBUS — No one has been able to keep up with Springfield Local lately.

The Tigers, who have won 20 of their last 21 games, remain third in the Associated Press Division VI state football poll released Monday.

Springfield is off to a 6-0 start and has outscored its last four opponents a combined 184-8.

The Tigers lead the area in scoring (42.7 points a game) and scoring margin (plus 33.4 points a game). They have won 11 straight regular-season games and 10 straight on the road.

Springfield is tied for the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference lead with Western Reserve. The two teams will meet on Oct. 25.

Before then, the Tigers will host Mineral Ridge this Friday and play at Sebring on Oct. 18.

Springfield is one of 11 unbeaten teams remaining in Division VI. Only two, Southern Local and Gibsonburg, are not ranked in the poll.

Southern (6-0) is having one of its best seasons ever and has won nine straight regular-season games.

The Indians are averaging 37.3 points a game, while holding opponents to just 12.7 points a game.

Southern, which shares the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference lead with Wellsville, will play at winless East Palestine on Friday.

Wellsville (5-1) hasn’t allowed more than 15 points in any game this season. The Tigers are leading the area in scoring defense (8.5).

The Tigers will go on the road Friday to face a depleted United team. The Eagles have lost 11 of their 22 starters from the season opener.

Toronto (5-1), which lost to Wellsville in the first game, is ranked 11th in Division VII and Warren JFK 13th. Toronto will play at unbeaten Oak Glen on Friday.

Salem (5-1) lost its first game of the season at Marlington last Friday, leaving only four unbeaten teams in Division IV.

The Quakers have lost four straight years to Marlington and will play at Alliance this Friday. Marlington and Alliance are tied for the Eastern Buckeye Conference lead with Salem and Minerva a game behind.

A pair of Northeast 8 Athletic League leaders are ranked in Division IV — Poland (4-2) is 13th and Hubbard (5-1) is tied for 15th.

Poland has beaten South Range, Niles and Girard the last three weeks a combined 103-21. The Bulldogs will host Lakeview on Friday.

Indian Creek (5-1) id tied with Hubbard for 15th in Division IV. The Redskins are a game away from clinching at least a share of the Buckeye 8 Athletic League North Division again. They will host Martins Ferry and Beaver Local the next two weeks.

See page B2 for the complete state football poll.