Why is team X ranked higher than team Y this week? How come team Z isn’t ranked at all? These are questions we get every week when we release the JJ’s Ohio High Power Poll and we are here to answer those questions.
Let’s take a look at the headlines from this week’s Power Poll.
There’s a whole lot of shaking going on…
As we hit the home stretch of the football regular season,
things are heating up with conference play in full swing and even some
intriguing out-of-conference matchups highlighting schedules.
All told, it will all have an effect on the final computer
rankings – and the JJ’S Ohio High Weekly Power Poll from here on out.
Let’s take a look at the headlines from this week’s Power Poll:
Iggy Back On Top
For the first time this season – including the preseason –
a team other than Cincinnati Elder claims the top spot in the Division I Power
Poll. The Panthers, previously ranked No. 3 in the country by USA Today,
were turned away by Greater Catholic League rival Cincinnati St. Xavier 17-7
on the road last week.
Make way for Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The Wildcats narrowly escaped Massillon Washington 26-21 in
a game that went down to the wire. With Elder falling, defending state champion
Ignatius claims the top spot in the Division I Poll.
St. X’s win over Elder moves the Bombers up from No. 9 to.
No. 5 and the Panthers drop to No. 6. Massillon drops from No. 7 to No. 10 with
the loss to Ignatius.
Braves On the War Path
Cincinnati Anderson, which won the Division II state title
in 2007 and finished state runner-up last season, hasn’t backed down despite
moving up to Division I this season.
With a convincing 52-38 win over Fort Ancient Valley foe
Cincinnati Winton Woods, the Redskins crack the top 10 coming in at No. 9
following Toledo Whitmer’s 21-17 loss to Division II Toledo St. Francis DeSales
dropping the Panthers from the rankings.
The top eight teams in the Division II Power Poll remain
unchanged this week as Logan retains the top spot for the fourth straight week.
The Chieftains are followed by Louisville (6-0), Toledo St. Francis (6-0),
Cincinnati Turpin (6-0), New Carlisle Tecumseh (6-0), Toledo Central Catholic
(5-1), Mentor Lake Catholic (5-1) and New Philadelphia (6-0).
If the playoffs were to begin today, New Philadelphia would
be on the outside looking in despite its perfect record. The Quakers currently
hold the No. 9 position in Region 7. The only team left on New Philadelphia’s
schedule with the wining record is rival Dover (5-1), which will be played in
the regular season finale. So, The Quakers could use a little help with some
second level points to ensure a playoff berth.
Welcome To The Party
West Geauga and Warren Howland are making their Power Poll
debuts this season, respectively, as both stand undefeated.
No. 9 West Geauga (6-0) holds the top spot in the Region
computer point standings averaging 40.5 points per game. The Wolverines have big
wins over Perry and defending Division III state champion Aurora.
No. 10 Howland (6-0) is right on West Geauga’s heels in the
Region 5 computer rankings claiming the No. 2 spot. The Tigers boast three
shutouts this season and are allowing just over eight points per game.
Not On The List
Winton Woods (4-2) dropped from the Division II Poll with
its loss to Anderson and Zanesville (5-1) joins the Warriors after being blanked
by Logan 26-0.
Steady As She Goes…For Now
The top 10 teams in Division III were perfect across the
board last week so no teams dropped o9ut or moved in.
That could change this week, though.
No. 3 Steubenville (6-0) hosts Massillon in an epic regular
season matchup. The Big Red are putting a 66-regular season game winning streak
on the line with the Tigers coming to town.
No. 4 Poland Seminary (6-0) goes on the road to Warren
Howland for an All-American Conference tilt in a battle of unbeatens.
No. 7 Columbus DeSales (4-2) hosts No. 5 Columbus Watterson
(5-1) in the rivalry game of the week. Watterson, which has a five game winning
streak, currently claims the No. 1 seed in the Region 10 computer rankings and
DeSales comes in at No. 4.
No. 8 Bellefontaine (6-0) is rolling through the season
averaging nearly 37 points per game. The Chieftains welcome Central Buckeye
Conference Kenton Trail Division foe Tipp City Tippecanoe (5-1) this week in a
huge matchup Southwest Ohio matchup.
Eagles Wings Clipped?
Dayton Chaminade Julienne (5-1) handed Middletown Bishop
Fenwick its first loss of the season and would be the top seed in Region 12 if
the playoffs started today.
So, why isn’t CJ ranked in the Division III Power Poll?
The Eagles had a season opening win over Troy (3-3), which
doesn’t have a win this season over a team with a winning record and will most
likely lose two of its last four games leaving CJ high and dry on with second
level computer points.
CJ then got a forfeit win over Dayton Thurgood Marshall,
which the Eagles actually lost on the field. CJ then had a dominating 47-6 win
over fledgling Ponitz Tech (0-6) before losing to Cincinnati McNicholas (3-3) in
CJ has had two nice wins over Hamilton Badin and Fenwick
but the Eagles have shown that they have trouble putting teams away late in
games holding on for those wins. Fielding a young team this season, CJ may be a
A matchup with GCL rival Kettering Alter (6-0) looms in the
regular season finale.
Speaking of Alter…
The Knights retain the top spot in Division IV with a
dominating 53-14 win over Dayton Carroll in which seven different players scored
touchdowns. Alter has held onto the top spot in the Power Poll since the
The top six in Division IV remains the same as last week
with Chagrin Falls (6-0), Elyria Catholic (5-1), Genoa Area (6-0),
Amanda-Clearcreek (6-0) and Clarksville Clinton-Massie (6-0) hitting stride at
the right time.
And speaking of Fenwick, the previously unbeaten Falcons
dropped from the Division IV Power Poll this week with its 28-20 loss to CJ and
host Alter this week. Joining Fenwick is Columbus Bishop Hartley (5-1) following
its 20-14 overtime loss to Columbus Grove (3-3).
No. 9 Galion (6-0) and No. 10 Bellville Clearfork (6-0)
make their Power Poll debuts this week, respectively, as they hold the top two
spots in the Region 14 computer rankings.
Making A Push
Matins Ferry and Cortland Lakeview have good cases on their
hands as two of the top teams in Division IV and could crack the top 10 this
Martins Ferry (5-1) is on a five-game winning streak with
wins over three teams with winning records. Lakeview (4-2) stumbled in
back-to-back weeks against Poland Seminary and Hubbard but do have three
wins this season against teams with winning records.
Both teams would qualify for the postseason if it were to
Welcome To The MAChine
The Division V Power Poll reads like the league standings
for the Midwest Athletic Conference.
Coldwater (6-0) took over the No. 1 ranking this week with
St. Henry falling to Anna 14-0 in the MAC matchup of last week. St. Henry (5-1)
dropped to No. 6 and Anna (5-1) moved up from No. 8 to No. 5.
The task doesn’t get any easier for St. Henry this week
with the Redskins traveling to Coldwater to battle the Cavaliers.
On Steady Ground
Hamler Patrick Henry (6-0) holds steady at No. 2 in
Division V but hosts Bryan (5-1) this week in the first game of a daunting three
Columbus Bishop Ready (5-0) held onto its No. 7 ranking
this week but has a tough test on tap with the Knights set to travel to Lima
Central Catholic (5-1).
Rebels With A Cause
No. 10 Columbiana Crestview (6-0) cracked the Division V
Top 10 for the first time this season following a convincing 35-14 win over
previously ranked East Palestine. The Rebels currently hold the top seed in the
Region 17 computer rankings.
Return Of The MAC
Surprise…another MAC team holds a No. 1 ranking.
Delphos St. John’s (6-0) held on to its top spot in the
Division VI Power Poll following a 35-14 win over MAC foe Maria Stein Marion
Local. St. John’s has held the No. 1 ranking since the preseason.
Despite Marion Local losing three straight games, the
Flyers (3-3) cracked the top 10 again coming in at No. 10.
How is that possible?
Well, Marion Local sits at No. 8 in the Region 24 computer
rankings and the next three games (New Bremen, Versailles and Fort Recovery)
should all be wins for the Flyers solidifying its berth in the postseason.
Inside Looking Out?
Berlin Western Reserve (6-0) is ranked No. 6 in the
Division IV Poll but if the season were to end today, the Devils would miss the
cut in Region 21 coming in at No. 9. A win over No. 7-ranked McDonald (6-0) in
Week 8 and/or a win over Leetonia (5-1) in Week 9 would solidify Western
Reserve’s playoff chances.