Southeast Minnesota was once again well represented in the Minnesota Associated Press football rankings, but there were some shake-ups and one new area team cracked the Top 10.

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Blooming Prarie was once again the only team in the area ranked #1 in their respective class, but Rushford-Peterson found themselves inside the Top 10 for the first time this season. We will kick things off with the state's 9-Man Football Rankings.

9-Man State Football Rankings
(Rank - School - (First Place Votes) - Record - Total Votes - Last Week's Ranking)

Lanesboro and Spring Grove still find themselves in the Top 5. The Burros jumped the Lions this time around, and LeRoy-Ostrander was the lone Southeast Minnesota school to receive votes this time around in 9-man football.

This section remains loaded with Lanesboro, Spring Grove, LeRoy-Ostrander, Grand Meadow, and Mabel-Canton (who gave Spring Grove a tight game all the way until the end last week). This will be a fun section to follow all the way into the State Tournament.

1 Mountain Lake Area (4) (3-0) 47 1
2 Mountain Iron-Buhl (3-0) 43 2
3 Verndale (1) (3-0) 40 3
4 Lanesboro (3-0) 31 5
5 Spring Grove (2-0) 30 4
6 Hills-Beaver Creek (3-0) 29 6
7 Hancock (3-0) 18 8
8 Sleepy Eye St. Mary's (3-0) 10 NR
9 Wheaton Herman Norcross (3-0) 8 NR
10 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo (3-0) 6 NR
Others receiving votes: Fertile-Beltrami 4, Win-E-Mac 3, Edgerton 2, Nevis 2, Red Rock Central 1, LeRoy-Ostrander 1.

Class A

Rushford-Peterson has had a great start to the season. They are now 3-0, with wins over Medford, Fillmore Central, and Keyon-Wanamingo. The Trojans are the long team in Southeast Minnesota to get a ranking, sliding in at #10. Randolph dropped their first game of the season to Faribault BA 32-26, dropping them out of all of the ballots.

 

1 Mahnomen-Waubun (5) (3-0) 50 1
2 Murray County Central (3-0) 45 2
3 Minneota (3-0) 40 3
4 BOLD (3-0) 33 5
5 Dawson-Boyd (3-0) 30 6
6 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (3-0) 23 7
7 Polk County West (3-0) 13 T8
8 Browerville-Eagle Valley (2-1) 11 4
8 (tie) Pine River-Backus (3-0) 11 10
10 Rushford-Peterson (3-0) 5 NR
Others receiving votes: Bethlehem Academy 4, Ada-Borup 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Mayer Lutheran 3, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 1.

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Class AA

The Chatfield Gophers are coming off a big 30-0 win over Caledonia in Week 3 action. That win catapulted the Gophers into the Top 10. The Gophers have back-to-back impressive wins over the Warriors and Triton Cobras as they sit 2-1 on the season.

Goodhue dropped a tough game to St. Charles, taking them out of the rankings this week. The Saints take on newly ranked #8 Chatfield this week. The Awesome Blossoms of Blooming Prairie remain at #1 after a strong 33-6 win over USC. Blooming Praire is averaging 43.7 pp/g. Their toughest competition in the state just might be fellow Section 2 team Blue Earth Area, who is averaging 50 pp/g. BEA is ranked #2 in the state.

Triton and Lewiston-Altura received votes in the rankings this week.

1 Blooming Prairie (5) (3-0) 50 1
2 Blue Earth Area (3-0) 45 2
3 Pipestone (3-0) 40 3
4 Redwood Valley (3-0) 32 4
5 Kimball (3-0) 30 5
6 Minneapolis North (2-1) 25 6
7 West Central-Ashby (3-0) 16 8
8 Moose Lake-Willow River (3-0) 7 NR
8 (tie) Chatfield (2-1) 7 NR
8 (tie) Eden Valley-Watkins (3-0) 7 NR
Others receiving votes: Barnesville 4, Triton 4, Lewiston-Altura 2, Maple River 2, Osakis 1, Paynesville 1, Goodhue 1, Rush City 1.

 

Class AAA

Cannon Falls, Lake City, and Plainview-Elgin-Millville all moved up in the rankings this week, with Cannon Falls all the way up to #2 in the state. Lake City followed at #3 and the Bulldogs moved up to #7.

The Bombers have Zumbrota-Mazeppa this week, while Lake City and PEM will have a big Top 10 matchup this week in Plainview.

1 Pierz (5) (3-0) 59 1
2 Cannon Falls (3-0) 51 3
3 Lake City (3-0) 44 4
4 Litchfield (1) (3-0) 42 5
5 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (3-0) 31 6
6 Fairmont (3-0) 28 7
7 Dassel-Cokato (3-0) 21 NR
7 Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-0) 21 10
9 Waseca (3-0) 12 9
10 Annandale (2-1) 9 2
Others receiving votes: Watertown-Mayer 5, Breck 3, Fergus Falls 2, Aitkin 1, Albany 1.

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Class AAAA

The Stewartville Tigers knocked off fellow Top 10 foe Faribault last week, and that launched the Tigers all the way up to #5 in the state. The Tigers are averaging 46 pp/g, and have Byron on their schedule this week.

Kasson-Mantorville fell to Mankato East last week, dropping them down to #8 in the rankings. Winona found themselves in the Top 10 too at #9.

Faribault received votes in the Top 10.

1 Hutchinson (6) (3-0) 60 1
2 Becker (3-0) 54 2
3 Rocori (3-1) 42 4
4 Mound-Westonka (3-0) 41 5
5 Fridley (2-1) 27 6
5 (tie) Stewartville (3-0) 27 9
7 SMB-Wolfpack (3-0) 25 8
8 Kasson-Mantorville (2-1) 19 3
9 Winona (2-1) 14 7
10 Holy Angels (2-1) 8 NR
Others receiving votes: North Branch 6, Faribault 4, Willmar 3.

Class AAAAA

Rochester Mayo is coming off a big 42-0 win over cross-town rival Rochester Century last week, and have another cross-town matchup this week with Rochester John Marshall. The Spartans worked their way up to #6 in the rankings after the impressive shutout.

Mankato West remains the cream of the crop in Class AAAAA.

1 Mankato West (6) (3-0) 60 1
2 Andover (3-0) 49 3
3 Moorhead (2-0) 45 2
4 St. Thomas Academy (3-0) 42 5
5 Mahtomedi (3-0) 35 6
6 Rochester Mayo (3-0) 25 T9
7 Chaska (3-0) 23 8
8 Elk River (2-1) 17 T9
9Sauk Rapids-Rice (3-0) 14 NR
10 Spring Lake Park (2-1) 9 4
Others receiving votes: Chanhassen 5, Rogers 4, Robbinsdale Cooper 2.

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