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.
The playoff picture got a little clearer this week and the
great teams have begun separating themselves from the good teams.
That is evident in this week’s Power Poll as teams have
solidified their prominence on the grid iron with big, late-season wins while
others are getting by on mediocre 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
Toledo Whitmer (6-1) reenters the Division I poll after a
one-week hiatus. Following the loss to Division II Toledo St. Francis DeSales in
Week 7, Whitmer dropped out. But Massillon Washington’s (5-2) road loss to
Division III Steubenville last week for its second straight loss made room for
the Panthers to reenter the poll.
Whitmer has a huge tilt on deck the week with Toledo
Central Catholic (6-1).
After two straight losses, Cincinnati Elder comes in at No.
9 this week. The Panthers lost a tight game to Greater Catholic League foe
Cincinnati St. Xavier in Week 7 and No. 2-ranked Cincinnati Moeller (7-0)
cruised past the Panthers 35-13 last week.
The task doesn’t get any easier with Columbus DeSales
coming to visit ‘The Pit’ this week.
Elder was ranked No. 3 in the country by USA Today before the St. X (6-1) game but has since dropped out. St. X, ranked No. 5 in the Power Poll, is ranked No. 10 in the country. Cleveland St. Ignatius, ranked atop the Power Poll, comes in at No. 25 in the country.
St. X will make the trip North to Cleveland to take on Ignatius (7-0) in Week 9.
No. 4 Dublin Coffman (7-0) will travel to No. 7 Hilliard Davidson (6-0) this week in an Ohio Capital Conference match up with a league title on the line and a wealth of Region 3 computer points up for grabs.
Coffman will be without star junior quarterback Cole Stoudt, who went down with a season ending leg injury last week against Hilliard Darby.
Outside Looking In – Division I
Middletown (7-0) would make the Region 4 playoffs as the
six-seed if the playoffs were to start today but the Middies are not ranked in
this week’s Poll. Though undefeated, including three shutout wins, Middletown
has played only one team with a winning record. The litmus test for the Middies
will be road games at Colerain and at Cincinnati Princeton to close out the
North Royalton (7-0) has also tallied an impressive record
and ranks as the three-seed in Region 1 but the Bears have also played a
pedestrian schedule, though, it is a bit stronger than Middletown’s.
The situation is the same for Wadsworth (7-0).
On Solid Ground
The Division II Poll had some shifting around this week but
nearly all the same players are in the mix. Toledo St. Francis (6-1) fell to No.
8 after losing 10-0 to No. 5-ranked Toledo Central Catholic (6-1).
Warren Howland (5-2) fell to All-American Conference
opponent Poland Seminary 17-0 dropping the Tigers from the Poll and making room
for Cincinnati Winton Woods (5-2) to reenter the Poll at No. 10.
Outside Looking In – Division II
Ashland (6-1) lost its only challenging game on the
schedule 44-21 to Dover. The Arrows edged an average Orrville team last week
14-13 and faces its next toughest challenge when they welcome Bellville Clear
Fork (6-1) this week.
Canfield (6-1) fell to Howland in Week 4 for its only loss
of the season. Despite the near-perfect record, the Cardinals are the current
seven-seed in the Region 5 computer rankings. Canfield could make a nice push
with a season finale win over Poland Seminary.
The team that would most likely to be the first one to
crack the D-II top 10 in Maple Heights. The Mustangs (6-1) are a Week 7, 35-34
loss to Cleveland Heights away from being undefeated. Maple Heights currently
holds the No. 3 spot in the Region 6 computer points rankings behind Toledo St.
Francis and TCC.
Ohio’s Best Division?
We made the assertion in the preseason that Division III
would be the state’s best Division this season.
That remains to be seen but it certainly makes its case for
Bellefontaine (6-1) dropped out of the top 10 after a 24-7
loss to Tipp City Tippecanoe making room for Dover (6-1) at No. 10. The
Tornadoes’ only loss on the season was a 22-21 double-overtime tilt with
Canfield. Dover comes as the two-seed in Region 11 right behind No. 2-ranked
Both No. 6 Columbus Watterson (5-2) and No. 7 Akron St.
Vincent-St. Mary (5-2) lost in bitter rivalry games last week, respectively. No.
5-ranked Columbus DeSales edged Watterson 17-10 and SVSM lost to rival Walsh
Jesuit 14-13 on the last play of the game.
Despite the Week 7 losses, both teams have shown their
abilities to hang with some of the top competition in the state against brutal
schedules putting them in the discussion of the top 10 Division III teams.
SVSM welcomes No. 1-ranked Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (7-0)
this week while Steubenville hosts No. 4-ranked Poland Seminary (7-0).
Outside Looking In – Division III
With two top 10 games on the docket this Week in Division
III, some room could be made for some teams to crack the Poll, including Dayton
Chaminade Julienne (6-1), Circleville Logan Elm (6-1), Sandusky Perkins (7-0),
Monroe (6-1), Rayland Buckeye Local (5-2) and Columbus Eastmoor Academy (6-1).
If that is not a deep Division, I don’t know what is…
Division IV could make the case for the most consistent.
All the same teams appear in this week’s Poll, but the order has changed. No. 9
Elyria Catholic (5-2) drops to No. 9 after a 31-6 loss to Akron Hoban out of
Outside Looking In – Division IV
North College Hill (7-0) is most likely the best of the
rest, though the Trojans have only played three teams with winning records. NCH
is the current three-seed in Region 16.
Martins Ferry (5-1) can be thrown into that mix as well
with four wins over teams with winning records. The Purple Riders, who are the
current three-seed in the Region 13 computer points standing, have a tough test
this week on the road at St. Clairsville (5-2)
Coming in right behind Martins Ferry in the Region 13
rankings is Cortland Lakeview. The Bulldogs (5-2) have played only one team with
a losing record falling to All-American Conference rivals Hubbard and Poland
Seminary. That tough schedule will more than adequately prepare Lakeview for the
Also keep an eye on Coshocton (6-1), Heath (6-1) and
Zanesville West Muskingum (6-1) all out of Region 15.
Thunderbirds Making Noise
Lima Central Catholic (6-1) makes its first appearance in
the Division V Power Poll this season coming off a 14-7 win over previously
ranked Columbus Bishop Ready in a game we dubbed ‘a tough test’ last week. LCC’s
only loss this season was in the opener to Delphos St. John’s (7-0).
No. 9 St. Henry (5-2) dropped from No. 3 in Poll after
losing to No. 1-ranked Coldwater (7-0). St. Henry is the current three-seed in
Outside Looking In – Division V
Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-0) is the current two-seed in
Region 18 and the Falcons are probably first on the list to break into the top
10. Hillsdale’s best win to date is over Dalton (6-1) and is on the road at
Applecreek Waynedale (5-2) this week.
Independence (7-0) is also undefeated and the current
two-seed in its region – Region 15. The Blue Devils picked up a big win over
Gates Mills Hawken (6-1) last week and also have a win over Beachwood (6-1),
though the rest of the schedule has been somewhat suspect.
Baltimore Liberty Union (6-1) holds the top-seed in Region
19 and is allowing less than a touchdown per game since its Week 4 loss to
Amanda-Clearcreek (7-0). The Lions also have a nice win over Pataskala Licking
Okay, So We Were Wrong…Sort Of
Last week, we had Maria Stein Marion Local (3-4) ranked No.
10 in Division VI despite losing three straight games. We assumed the Flyers
would win their next three games based on recent history.
Then New Bremen came to town for a Midwest Athletic
Conference match up and upended Marion Local 17-14. So, the Flyers have taken
flight right out of the Poll.
Enter Dalton in the No. 10 spot.
But…the rest of the top nine teams went undefeated last
week keeping the Poll unchanged. No. 1-ranked Delphos St. John’s (7-0) continues
to hold the top spot but hosts Coldwater this week in a MAC matchup that will
most likely decide the conference title.
Also, No. 6 Berlin Western Reserve (7-0) makes the trip to
No. 7 McDonald (7-0) this week for a top 10, Inter Tri-County League tilt.
Outside Looking In – Division VI
Lockland (7-0) sits atop the Region 24 computer rankings
but the Panthers have yet to be tested. We’ll see how good Lockland is this week
on the road at Cincinnati Country Day (6-1) and NCH next week.
Ansonia (7-0) holds the two-seed in Region 24 but has only
played one team with a winning record. The Tigers will be tested this week on
the road at Covington (5-2) and in the season finale against Casstown Miami East