By Rob Todor
Western Reserve completed a perfect 10-0 regular-season on Friday with a victory over rival McDonald.
The win also secured Western Reserve’s finish as the No. 1-ranked team in The Associated Press high school football poll on Monday.
The Blue Devils, who play host to Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph on Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs, garnered 19 first-place votes and 243 total points.
Western Reserve was in the top five of every poll this season and reached the No. 1 spot on Oct. 10.
Three other area teams also finished in the top 10.
Also in Div. VI, Youngstown Christian (9-1) finished No. 8, moving up one spot from last week.
The Eagles, who play host to Mogadore on Saturday at Poland’s Dave Pavlansky Field, appeared in five polls this season, getting to No. 10 on Oct. 17.
Howland (9-0), which did not play last weekend, finished No. 4 in Div. II, moving up one spot from last week.
The Tigers, who will play Kent Roosevelt on Friday at Akron’s InfoCision Field, also finished in the top five every week of the poll.
In Div. IV, Girard (9-1) finished No. 8, staying the same from last week. The Indians, who defeated Liberty 28-12 last Friday, appeared in every poll, reaching as high as No. 4.
Cardinal Mooney returned to the top 10, finishing at No. 10 after defeating Lake 48-14 last weekend. The Cardinals, who moved up four spots after that win, finished in the top 10 in seven of the season’s eight polls.
Throughout the season, 16 schools from the Valley earned mention in the weekly polls.
Western Reserve will be awarded a plaque in the shape of the state of Ohio by The Associated Press in recognition of winning the poll championship.