Last year Cincinnati Elder held the top spot in the JJHuddle Division I Preseason Power Poll. The Panthers aren’t No. 1 this year. In fact, they aren’t in the Top 10. Who is? And who is No. 1? Click here to find out…
DIVISION I PRESEASON JJHUDDLE.COM POWER POLL
Tarblooders made first state final last year. Is this the year they win it it all? We think so.
Opener: Aug. 28 @ Warren Central (Indiana)
The Cardinals have a huge chip on their shoulder after seeing a string of 10 straight playoff berths snapped last year. Eight straight wins couldn’t erase opening losses to St. Xavier and Elder. A long run this year will erase last year’s misery.
Opener: Aug. 28 vs Northmont in Skyline Shootout
3. Dublin Coffman
The Shamrocks continue to be one of Central Ohio’s top programs. Can they take the next step – and make the state final?
Opener: 8/27 @ Olentangy Liberty
4. St. Xavier
The Bombers have won two state titles in the last five years. This year they challenge for a third in six.
Opener: 8/29 vs Our Lady of Good Counsel (Maryland) in Skyline Shootout
5. Canton McKinley
The Bulldogs return 14 starters from last year’s regional finalist team. These Dogs have a lethal bite.
Opener: 8/28 vs Gallatin (Tennessee)
The Elks will have one of the state’s top defenses anchored by three D-I recruits, including arguably the nation’s top defensive lineman in Michael Bennett (Ohio State).
Opener: 8/27 @ Lakota East
7. Pickerington Central
Tigers travel out-of-state for their opener, but senior defensive back Eilar Hardy doesn’t mind Indiana. He’s headed to Notre Dame.
Opener: 8/28 vs Plainfield (Indiana) at Warren Central Classic
Yeah, the Warriors have celebrated QB Braxton Miller (Ohio State). But they also have a whole lot more.
Opener: 8/29 vs Cincinnati Moeller in Skyline Shootout
9. St. Ignatius
The Wildcats are going for an unprecedented 11th state football championship – all since 1988.
Opener: 8/28 @ Mentor Lake Catholic
10. Massillon Washington
The Tigers, who made last year’s D-I Final Four, are still looking for their first OHSAA Playoff state title. They’ll be in contention again this year.
Opener: 8/26 vs Akron Buchtel