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Apparently, you can win for losing.

The Pleasant Valley High football team suffered its first loss of the season, but the Vikings actually moved up in the Northern Section Prep Football Media Poll.

PV, ranked third last week, ended up with its highest position this season at No. 2 in the Division II rankings released today and voted on by media members from the Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Redding Record Searchlight, Action News Now, KRCR-TV, KCNR 1460 AM and MaxPreps. First-place votes are worth five points, second-place votes are worth four and so on.

Two results likely weighed heavily into the Vikings” ascension. First, the Vikings played unanimous No. 1 Enterprise in what was a Hornets 19-16 victory thanks to a 34-yard field goal from Sheldon Highfill as time expired at Asgard Yard. Secondly, previous No. 2 Paradise lost 34-31 in overtime to Chico, a team that was coming off a 49-7 loss to Enterprise the week prior. Those results led to PV gaining every second-place vote on the 10 ballots submitted this week.

After Enterprise (50 points) and Pleasant Valley (40), Chico (28) moved up to third after beating the Bobcats. Paradise (18) is now fourth, and Shasta, a 42-7 victor over Red Bluff in the Wolves” homecoming game, remained fifth with 14 points. Those two ranked teams play Friday at the Bobcats” Om Wraith Field.

Enterprise hosts Foothill this week. Pleasant Valley will go to Foothill the week after a bye this week. Chico hosts Red Bluff at Asgard Yard.

The Division III rankings saw little change with unanimous No. 1 Sutter (50) enjoying a bye week last week. Second-ranked Orland won at previous No. 4 Corning 21-7, securing the Trojans every second-place vote as well. West Valley (30) remained third after a bye, but Corning and Lassen switched spots with the Grizzlies taking fourth and the Cardinals settling for fifth. Lassen beat Yreka 21-7 in a Northern Athletic League contest, and the Grizzlies” losses this season are to upper-division foes Pleasant Valley and Chico. Corning hosts West Valley this week in another top-five matchup.

The Division IV rankings were the same as last week with No. 1 Winters (49) getting all but one first-place vote. Second-place Hamilton (40) received the other top vote. Williams (31) was third again. Fourth-ranked Trinity (19) visits Hamilton and No. 5 Willows (9) goes to Winters in yet more matchups between ranked teams.

The lone newcomers to the rankings came in Division V. Both Maxwell (19), in fourth, and Biggs (9), in fifth, garnered enough support to crack the rankings in place of Portola and Etna. Top-ranked Fall River (50) was again the consensus top team, and Modoc (40) also was a unanimous No. 2 choice. Chester (30) went from fourth to getting every third-place vote on the strength of a 35-14 win over Biggs. Fourth-ranked Maxwell hosts No. 3 Chester on Friday.

The Division VI, or eight-man football, rankings stayed in the same order, but the voting totals saw some significant changes. Top-ranked Redding Christian (46) went from a unanimous No. 1 team to barely holding off fellow unbeaten and No. 2 Big Valley (44). Voters likely saw that Redding Christian needed to rally against Hayfork to stay unbeaten. The Lions won 34-28 after trailing 28-20 at halftime. Big Valley also trailed at halftime to Hayfork in their Sept. 26 matchup, but the final result was a bit more conclusive with a 51-28 score. Hayfork (29) remained third, Princeton (21) stayed in fourth, and Mercy (7) was again fifth. Big Valley hosts Mercy in the lone top-five matchup in the division this week.

Connect with Sports Writer Joseph Shufelberger at 896-7774.

The Northern Section Prep Football Media Poll is voted on by media members from the Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Redding Record Searchlight, Action News Now, KRCR-TV, KCNR 1460 AM and MaxPreps. First-place votes are in parenthesis, followed by record, voting points and last week”s ranking.

Division II

1. Enterprise (10) 4-1 50 1
2. Pleasant Valley 5-1 40 3
3. Chico 3-2 28 4
4. Paradise 4-1 18 2
5. Shasta 5-1 14 5
Division III
1. Sutter (10) 5-0 50 1
2. Orland 5-0 40 2
3. West Valley 4-1 30 3
4. Lassen 3-2 18 5
5. Corning 3-2 7 4
Division IV
1. Winters (9) 4-1 49 1
2. Hamilton (1) 6-0 40 2
3. Williams 6-0 31 3
4. Trinity 4-2 19 4
5. Willows 2-3 9 5
Division V
1. Fall River (10) 5-0 50 1
2. Modoc 5-1 40 2
3. Chester 4-2 30 4
4. Maxwell 2-2 19
5. Biggs 2-3 9
Division VI
1. Redding Chr. (6) 6-0 46 1
2. Big Valley (4) 4-0 44 2
3. Hayfork 4-2 29 3
4. Princeton 4-2 21 4
5. Mercy 3-3 7 5
Dropped Out: Portola (D-V), Etna (D-V).

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