Tuesday, November 02, 1999
St. X, Edgewood win poll titles
Coaches reward pair of unbeatens
BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer
St. Xavier and Edgewood, teams hit hard by graduation, finished on top of The Cincinnati Enquirer's final coaches football polls following undefeated seasons.
See who finished on top of the Enquirer's final coaches football polls
Victories over Elder, Moeller and Cleveland St. Ignatius helped make St. Xavier a unanimous choice for the No.1 ranking. The Bombers were the only undefeated Division I team (9-0).
Undefeated in 10 games, Edgewood received eight of the 12 first-place votes in the Division II-VI poll.
Besides Edgewood, two other Division II-VI teams went undefeated. They were No.6 Batavia (10-0) and No.8 Cincinnati Country Day (10-0).
For a school on the outskirts of Cincinnati to be voted No.1 makes it a special honor, Edgewood coach Steve Channell said. This is very unexpected, and our kids will be excited.
Edgewood moved to Division this season, and Channell wasn't sure what to expect from a squad that lost nine defensive and seven offensive starters to graduation.
We knew we would be all right, Channell said. The junior class coming back was pretty good but they were untested on Friday night.
Channell pointed to the third week of the season when the Cougars defeated Springboro 14-0 as the key.
We gained a lot of confidence from that game, Channell said.
This was Edgewood's first undefeated season and first poll championship.
The Cougars scored 369 points, which is a single-season school record. They won their fourth consecutive Mid-Miami League championship and will be making their third consecutive appearance in the playoffs.