Lowell at Morton football (RANKINGS)

Lowell quarterback Ethan Igras gets the snap against Morton earlier this season.

Jonathan Miano, The Times

If one of the Lowell Red Devils sticks an index finger in the air this Friday night, it won't be bravado.

Commercial Avenue's finest are now ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by prep sports writers from around the state.

The Red Devils received all but one first-place vote in the latest AP state prep football rankings released Tuesday afternoon. With games against Munster, Andrean and Hobart awaiting the next three weeks, that spot promises to be tested going into the postseason.

As for other teams in the state rankings, Valparaiso dropped four spots to No. 7 in 6A following its upset loss at Crown Point, while LaPorte joined Michigan City in the 5A rankings.

The rankings:

Class 6A

Rank-SchoolRcdTPPvs
1. Indpls Ben Davis (22)6-04401
2. Ft. Wayne Snider6-03922
3. Lawrence Central5-13446
4. Carmel4-22387
5. Warren Central3-31988
6. Center Grove3-31705
7. Valparaiso5-11503
8. Penn5-113810
9. Lafayette Jeff6-01269
10. Avon4-2844

Others receiving votes: Homestead 60. Franklin Central 32. Indpls N. Central 30. Columbus North 8. Jeffersonville 6. Brownsburg 4.


Class 5A

Rank-SchoolRcdTPPvs
1. Indpls Roncalli (17)6-04281
2. New Palestine (2)6-03922
3. Concord (1)6-03283
4. Columbus East5-13044
5. Decatur Central5-12425
6. Indpls Cathedral (2)2-42186
7. Zionsville4-21727
8. Michigan City4-21468
9. LaPorte4-266NR
10. Bedford N. Lawrence5-152NR

Others receiving votes: Lafayette Harrison 40. Castle 8. Floyd Central 8. McCutcheon 6. Plainfield 6. Terre Haute North 4.


Class 4A

Rank-SchoolRcdTPPvs
1. Lowell (21)6-04322
2. New Haven6-03324
3. Ev. Central5-13143
4. Ev. Reitz (1)5-13061
5. Northridge6-03006
6. Angola6-0192T7
7. NorthWood4-21365
8. E. Central4-2100T7
9. Silver Creek6-0909
10. Ft. Wayne Dwenger4-248T10

Others receiving votes: New Prairie 30. Plymouth 26. Greenwood 26. Hobart 18. Lebanon 16. Marion 14. Mishawaka 14. New Castle 12. Griffith 8. Jasper 6.


Class 3A

Rank-SchoolRcdTPPvs
1. Gibson Southern (13)6-04061
2. W. Lafayette (2)5-1362T3
3. Ev. Memorial (5)6-0360T3
4. Danville (2)6-02965
5. Indpls Chatard3-32207
6. Indpls Ritter5-12122
7. Lawrenceburg5-115810
8. Guerin Catholic5-11026
9. N. Harrison6-098NR
10. Brownstown5-154NR

Others receiving votes: Ft. Wayne Concordia 40. Vincennes 34. Knox 34. Ft. Wayne Luers 20. Mishawaka Marian 8. Hamilton Hts. 6. Indpls Brebeuf 6. Andrean 4.


Class 2A

Rank-SchoolRcdTPPvs
1. Eastbrook (17)6-04001
2. Woodlan (3)6-03762
3. Tipton (1)6-02744
4. Southridge5-12723
5. Indpls Scecina5-12525
6. Ev. Mater Dei4-22047
7. Western Boone5-11906
8. Triton Central5-111410
9. Rensselaer5-11088
10. Linton4-2649

Others receiving votes: Milan 34. Mitchell 18. Centerville 4.


Class 1A

Rank-SchoolRcdTPPvs
1. Pioneer (20)6-04181
2. Fountain Central6-03462
3. Monroe Central (1)6-03203
4. Churubusco6-02944
5. Eastern Greene6-02166
6. Sheridan5-11908
7. Indpls Lutheran4-21745
8. Carroll (Flora)5-11429
9. N. Central (Farmersburg)6-094T10
10. Eastside4-224NR

Others receiving votes: Lafayette Catholic 18. S. Adams 18. Southwood 16. Adams Central 16. Attica 10. Hagerstown 8. Northfield 6.

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Matt is a web editor for The Times. He came to the Region after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Longview Daily News, Lincoln Journal Star and Peninsula Daily News. He is a graduate of Arizona State University.