With Season Reaching Midway Point, MAC Title Race Is Heating Up

Staff Writer

The regular season reaches the midway point this Friday night. Three teams are tied atop the MAC with perfect conference and overall records. A trio are right behind with 1-1 conference marks.

While Anna, St. Henry and Marion Local are the unbeatens, the most interesting teams to watch in Week 5 may be that second group at 1-1. Two of them face off when Minster hosts Fort Recovery in a series that has burgeoned recently into a nice little rivalry between playoff squads. While they aren’t in the same division anymore, any hopes of winning a MAC title are likely riding on this game.

Coldwater, after a 1-2 start to the season, can pull itself back into playoff and conference title contention if it can continue its two decade-long dominance of rival St. Henry on Friday. St. John’s and Anna are resurgent programs near or at the top of the MAC right now. A win in this game for eithter would be a big one in their quest to win a MAC title and get back to the playoffs hiatuses.

Everywhere you look, there are compelling storylines in MAC play this week.

New Bremen played Anna tough in a 28-20 loss last week and the Cardinals look to snap a long losing streak in MAC play when they host 1-3 Parkway.

In the Associated Press poll, Minster dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in Division VII following the loss to Marion Local. The Flyers stayed atop Division VI with 23 first-place votes. St. Henry is second. Coldwater climbed to eighth despite its 2-2 record. Anna is ranked third in Division V with its perfect 4-0 record.

 

Week 5 Schedule

MAC

  • St. John’s at Anna
  • Marion Local at Versailles
  • St. Henry at Coldwater
  • Fort Recovery at Minster
  • Parkway at New Bremen

CCC

  • Arcanum at Covington
  • Miami East at Bethel
  • Tri-County North at Bradford
  • Fort Loramie at Ansonia
  • Mississinawa Valley at Twin Valley S.
  • Tri-Village at National Trail

WBL

  • St. Marys at Kenton
  • Elida at Wapakoneta
  • Ottawa-Glandorf at Celina
  • Van Wert at Shawnee
  • Bath at Defiance

GWOC American North

  • West Carrollton at Sidney
  • Greenville at Trotwood-Madison
  • Xenia at Piqua
  • Tippecanoe at Fairborn
  • Troy at Miamisburg
  • Butler at Stebbins

MAC Standings

Team MAC Overall Pts. Opp.
Anna 2-0 4-0 181 52
Marion Lcoal 2-0 4-0 110 21
St. Henry 2-0 4-0 155 15
Minster 1-1 3-1 96 35
St. John's 1-1 3-1 118 78
Coldwater 1-1 2-3 89 72
Fort Recovery 1-1 2-2 103 104
New Bremen 0-2 2-2 98 63
Versailles 0-2 1-3 77 89
Parkway 0-2 1-3 74 140