So, Alter has made the state championship game three of the last four
years and has won two state titles in a row. Can anyone unseat them? The
answer is “No.” At least not right now. The Knights debut at No. 1 in
the Power Poll where they’re followed by challengers Kenton,
Clinton-Massie, Coshocton and others.
JJHUDDLE’S DIVISION IV PRESEASON POWER POLL
1. Kettering Alter
The Knights are back-to-back state champions and are 55-2 (on the field) since Week 1 of the 2006 season. Need more? Didn’t think so.
Opener: 8/27 at Kettering Fairmont
The Wildcats ended a three-year absence from the postseason last year. Now the goal is to regain the form that led the program to two state titles earlier this millennium. Coincendently there is another “Mauk” under center – and in the record books.
Opener: 8/27 vs Coldwater
The Falcons have been in the Top 10 and gone deep into the playoffs several times over the last decade. This year could be the one they go all the way.
Opener: 8/27 @ Blanchester
The Redskins made the state semifinals last year before falling to Alter. A rematch at the same level could be in store. Coshocton has talent.
Opener: 8/27 @ East Knox
5. Columbus Hartley
Try this on for size: The entire backfield returns, as do four of five offensive lineman and the entire defensive line. In all 14 starters are back.
Opener: 8/27 vs Amanda-Clearcreek
6. Wooster Triway
The Titans have put together back-to-back 8-3 seasons and playoff berths. Now its time to go farther. The talent dictates it.
Opener: 8/27 vs West Holmes
7. Campbell Memorial
The Red Devils in a state Top 10? Yep. A program that won just seven games from 2003-08 is suddenly loaded. A new head coach might just be the injection this program needs to have a histrocial run.
Opener: 8/27 @ Mineral Ridge
8. Elyria Catholic
The Panthers had a disappointing 2009 based solely on the fact that they didn’t make the playoffs. This team remembers that. The taste lingers. And soon will be spit out.
Opener: 8/27 at Lorain Clearview
9. Chagrin Falls
The state runner-ups have to replace an All-Ohio backfield among other things. What they don’t have to replace is expectations – and attitude.
Opener: 8/27 vs Mantua Crestwood
The Titans have made the playoffs five straight times and were state semifinalists last year. All this program does is win.
Opener: 8/27 vs Fostoria