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High school football: Avon, Columbia finish third for Division II, Division V in final AP state poll

Columbia'sTyler Edmisten runs for yardage just ahead of Lutheran West's Nik Kessel on Oct. 18. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Columbia’s Tyler Edmisten runs for yardage just ahead of Lutheran West’s Nik Kessel on Oct. 18. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTOS

Avon and Columbia were the only area teams to go undefeated this football season.

Avon wide receiver Rhys Ratino celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Ridgeville on Oct. 11. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon wide receiver Rhys Ratino celebrates after scoring a touchdown against North Ridgeville on Oct. 11. 

Both are also riding 19-game regular-season winning streaks.

Now they have something else in common.

Both finished third in the state in their respective divisions in the final Associated Press high poll released Monday.

Avon, which is in the playoffs for a fourth straight year and for the fifth time in the last six, was third in Division II. The Eagles received three first-place votes from a statewide panel of sportswriters.

Zanesville took first with 14 first-place votes, while Loveland was second with three first-place votes. Both teams are also undefeated.

The Raiders, who have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and three times in the last four years, had one first-place vote in Division V. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (10-0) was first with 15 first-place votes and was followed by 9-0 Findlay Liberty-Benton, which had seven first-place votes.