Marlington Dukes Team News

The players and coaches of Stark County helped deliver a memorable opening five weeks to the 2012 high school football season. So who were the best of the best? We asked you this week on to vote for the top performers of the first half and here are the results from the 1,158 readers who responded:


Despite Week 5 wins to stay unbeaten, McKinley and Marlington each dropped from No. 1 in their respective regions in the weekly Ohio High School Athletic Association football computer ratings. The Bulldogs (4-0) are rated No. 2 in Division I, Region 2, while the Dukes (5-0) are No. 2 in Division III, Region 11.

The undefeated Marlington Dukes jumped four spots to Division III’s No. 1 ranking in this week’s Associated Press High School Football State Poll.

Here's what you need to know entering Week 5 of the 2012 high school football season:

Marlington's Dymonte Thomas is the Stark County Player of the week.

TIME  7 p.m.
SITE  Reilly Stadium
RECORDS  Marlington 4-0, 1-0; Salem 0-4, 0-1
LAST WEEK  Marlington 34, Louisville 24; Carrollton 42, Salem 6

COLUMBUS  McKinley and Marlington each lead their respective computer regions in the initial release of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s weekly football computer ratings Tuesday.

LEXINGTON TWP The Marlington Dukes needed just one first down to pin Louisville’s backs against the wall.

Dymonte Thomas gave them more. A lot more.

Are you ready for Week 4 of high school football? Here's what you need to know:

LEXINGTON TWP.  Marlington’s Shawn Kirk is quickly mastering the cardiac finish.