Poll Dancing: Explaining the Week 9 Power Poll


JJ’s Ohio High Power Poll

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.

We are officially down to the nitty-gritty.

The postseason picture became a lot clearer after Week 8
action with teams locking up playoff spots and others officially able to turn
their attention to 2010.

There was little movement in this week’s JJ’s Ohio High
Power Poll with the top teams continuing to win. But as we have seen the past
couple of weeks, there are other teams that continue to win and have yet to
crack the Power Poll.

Once again, that is the case this week.

Here is a look at the headlines from the Week 9 Power Poll.

A Bit Of Shuffling

The Division I Power Poll barely changed from last week.
Hilliard Davidson fell to No. 10 from No. 7 after losing to No. 4 Dublin Coffman
10-7 last week. Davidson was without quarterback Jake Trubiano and running backs
Rico Butler and Spencer Delande in the game due to illness and injury. Coffman
ran with tight end-turned-quarterback Colton Caldwell under center.

Coffman has clinched a home game and potentially the top
seed in Region 3. Don’t be surprised if these Ohio Capital Conference rivals
meet again in the regional finals.

Division I – Who’s In?

No. 1 Cleveland St. Ignatius, No. 2 Cincinnati Moeller, No.
5 Cincinnati St. Xavier, No. 6 Solon and No. 9 Toledo Whitmer have already
clinched playoff spots.

No. 3 Cleveland Glenville will probably need to win out to
make the postseason with a weak Cleveland Senate League schedule but the
Tarblooders have enough talented athletes to make a run in the Region 1

No. 7 Cincinnati Anderson and Davidson both control their
own destinies.

No. 8 Cincinnati Elder has a bye this week. With its only
losses to St. X and Moeller, the Panthers should qualify for the playoffs
despite playing Western Hills (5-3) in the regular season finale.

Division I – Who’s Out?

Mayfield (7-1), North Canton Hoover (6-2) and Massillon
(6-2) are the only teams in D-I that control their own destinies for a
postseason berth having played schedules against opponents with overall winning

North Royalton (8-0), Twinsburg (7-1) and Wadsworth (7-1)
have each put together nice seasons and control their own destinies as well but
have played schedules against opponents with overall losing records.

Middletown (8-0) and Centerville (7-1) are two teams I will
have my eye on this weekend. The Middies face their toughest test of the season
this weekend on the road at Colerain (6-2). Centerville, with its only loss
coming to Moeller, will travel to Huber Heights Wayne (5-3).

A Couple Newcomers

No. 9 Ashland (7-1) and No. 10 Toledo Rogers (10-0) cracked
the Division II Power Poll for the first time with West Geauga losing to Chagrin
Falls 14-7 and New Carlisle Tecumseh losing to Springfield Shawnee 14-10.

No. 6 Toledo Central Catholic (6-2) dropped a spot after
losing 14-7 to Toledo City League foe Whitmer.

Division II – Who’s In?

No. 2 Louisville (8-0) and No. 3 Cincinnati Turpin (8-0)
are the only teams to earn postseason berths in Division II, respectively.

No. 1 Logan (8-0), No. 7 Toledo St. Francis (7-1) and No. 8
Cincinnati Winton Woods (6-2) control their own destinies. Toledo Central
Catholic, Rogers, No. 5 New Philadelphia – each ranked – does not yet.

Division II – Who’s Out?

North Ridgeville (7-1), Rocky River (6-2), Olmsted Falls
(6-2), Maple Heights (7-1), Tecumseh (7-1), Trotwood-Madison (5-3) and
Wilmington (6-2) each control their own destinies but have played schedules
against opponents with overall losing records.

Columbus Brookhaven (6-2) is the only team that controls
its own destiny against a schedule where its opponents have a combined wining
record. But the Bearcats have lost both its toughest tests this season against
Davidson and Coffman.

What’s Up With Region 5?

Take a look at Region 5 and you just might hear crickets.

There is not one undefeated team and none of the teams in
the region have clinched postseason berths or control their own destinies.

That’s why No. 4 Mentor Lake Catholic and Ashland are the
only teams we have ranked out of the region.

Another New Face

No. 10 Granville (7-1) snuck into the Division III Power
Poll for the first time this season with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary losing to
No. 1 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 34-9 and dropping out. Though, the Blue Aces
have yet to clinch a playoff berth or control their own destiny. However,
Granville edges the competition overall.

Division III – Who’s In?

No. 1 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (8-0) and No. 2
Steubenville (8-0) are the only teams in D-III to have clinched playoff spots
with Steubenville locking up a home game in Region 11. Mooney’s and
Steubenville’s opponents’ are a combined 73-52-1 on the season, so both have
been successful against top-notch competition.

No. 4 Columbus DeSales (5-3), No. 5 Columbus Watterson
(6-2) and No. 9 Poland Seminary (7-1) control their own destinies for a
postseason berth having played schedules against opponents with overall winning
records. DeSales is out in front of the group with a combined opponent record of

No. 7 Napoleon (7-1) and No. 8 Dover (7-1) also control
their own destinies but have combined losing opponent records. However, Napoleon
has won three straight games over Division I teams and Dover has allowed just 20
points in its last five games.

Division III – Who’s Out?

Dayton Chaminade Julienne (7-1), Jackson (7-1), Tippecanoe
(7-1), Sandusky Perkins (7-1) and Bellefontaine (7-1) also control their own
destinies but their opponents have combined losing records. Bellefontaine’s
opponent schedule is the worse with a combined 21-43 mark.

Circleville Logan Elm (7-1) and Ryland Buckeye Local (7-1)
make the strongest cases for this week’s Power Poll with both controlling their
own destinies and having opponent schedules with winning records.

Strong At The Top

Top top eight teams went unchanged in the Division IV Power
Poll this week.

Bellville Clear Fork had a two-week stay in the Division IV
Power Poll before losing to Ashland 35-28 last week, though, the Colts are
currently the three-seed in Region 14.

Make way for North College Hill (8-0), which also controls
its own destiny in a tougher Region 16.

Division IV – Who’s In?

No. 2 Chagrin Falls (8-0), No. 4 Amanda-Clearcreek (8-0)
and No. 5 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (8-0) have each earned playoff spots in
their respective divisions and have shown well with schedules against opponents
with overall winning records.

No. 1 Kettering Alter (8-0) has also clinched a playoff
spot, though its opponents are a combined 29-35. But until the defending state
champs get knocked off, I don’t see them losing the top ranking in the Power

No. 6 Kenton (7-1), No. 7 Girard (7-0) and No. 8 Galion
(8-0) control their own destinies.

No. 3 Genoa Area (8-0) is currently the two-seed in Region
14 but the Comets’ playoff berth has not been solidified yet, though, we expect
Genoa to go deep into the playoffs.

No. 9 Elyria Catholic (6-2) is currently the 10-seed in
Region 14 and wouldn’t make the playoffs if the season were to end today.

Let us explain…

Division IV – Who’s Out?

What about Martins Ferry?

The Purple Riders (6-1) have clinched a playoff spot
against a decent schedule. But Martins Ferry is on the bubble of the Power Poll
simply because we feel Elyria Catholic has a tougher schedule and would fare
batter against Martins Ferry schedule than the Purple Riders. Elyria Catholic’s
losses came against Mooney and Akron Hoban – both perennial powers in Northeast

The same reasoning is applied for Akron Manchester (7-1),
Orrville (5-3), Coshocton (7-1), West Muskingum (7-1) and Germantown Valley View

Cortland Lakeview (6-2) could be the first team in
controlling its own destiny against a schedule with its opponents combined for
40-24. The case is the same for Ironton (6-2) against a schedule with its
opponents combined for a 41-24 mark.

On Steady Ground

There weren’t few changes in the Division V Power Poll this
week as no teams dropped out – but there was some movement.

Division V – Who’s In?

Coldwater (7-1) dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the Division
V Power Poll after losing to Mid west Athletic Conference foe Delphos St. John’s
27-20 on the road last week. Taking over the top spot was Hamler Patrick Henry
(8-0) with its 34-13 win over Archbold locking up at least a share of the
Northwest Ohio Athletic League for the eighth straight year and Cuyahoga Heights
(8-0) moved in to the No. 2 spot.

Patrick Henry is the only team to clinch a playoff spot in
D-V and Coldwater and Cuyahoga Heights control their own destinies.

No. 6 Defiance Tinora (7-1), No. 9 Columbiana Crestview
(8-0) and No. 10 Lima Central Catholic (7-1) also control their destinies in
their respective regions

No. 4 Fredericktown (8-0), No. 5 Anna (7-1), No. 7 St.
Henry (6-2) and No. 8 West Liberty Salem still need to do some work to get into
the postseason though the road does not appear to be difficult for any of them
with the exception of St. Henry. The Redskins host Delphos St. John’s (8-0) this

Division V – Who’s Out?

Plenty of teams in D-V control their own destinies with
Independence (8-0), East Palestine (7-1), Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-1),
Hicksville (8-0), North Union (8-0) and West Jefferson (7-1) all on the cusp of
playoff berths but none of those teams have played schedules against opponents
with overall winning records.

Sherwood Fairview (6-2) and Youngstown Ursuline (5-2) also
control their own destinies and are in better position to make the postseason.
Should any team drop out of the Power Poll after this week – say St. Henry –
these two schools would most likely be the first ones in line to crack the poll.

Rounding It Out

The top five teams from last week’s Division VI Power Poll
have gone unchanged.

Berlin Western Reserve dropped out after losing to McDonald
24-11 making way for the Blue Devils to move into the No. 6 slot.

Division VI – Who’s In?

Lockland (8-0) enters the Power Poll for the first time the
season at No. 10 having already qualified for the postseason in Region 24. No. 1
Delphos St. John’s and No. 5 Carey (8-0) have also clinched playoff berths with
DSJ locking up a home game and most likely the top seed in Region 22.

No. 2 Wynford, No. 3 Norwalk St. Paul (8-0), No. 4 Ada
(8-0), McDonald (8-0), No. 7 Mogadore (7-1) and No. 8 Malvern (8-0) all control
their own destinies.

Division VI – Who’s Out?

Warren JFK (6-2), Fremont St. Joseph (7-1), Leipsic (7-1),
Rawson Cory-Rawson (6-2), Fort Loramie (7-1), Cincinnati Country Day (6-2),
Waynesfield-Goshen (7-1) and Lehman Catholic (5-3) all control their own
destinies but are not in this week’s Power Poll.

No. 9 Dalton is the only team ranked in the Power Poll that
does not control its own destiny.

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