Youngstown Ursuline has basically dominated Division V for the last three years, bringing home two state titles and making three state finals. Last year the Irish scored a D-V finals record 55 points on Coldwater. The Irish are an easy No. 1 pick. Who is No. 2? And 3? And 4?
JJHUDDLE’S DIVISION V PRESEASON POWER POLL
1. Youngstown Ursuline
The Irish have played in three straight state finals and won two straight state championships. Who else deserves to be No. 1?
Opener: 8/27 vs Cleveland East Technical
2. Hamilton Badin
The Rams? No. 2? Yes. They return 12 players who earned GCL Central honors last year, led by UC recruit Patrick Coyne (quarterback).
Opener: 8/27 at Cincinnati Woodward
3. Oak Hill
The Oaks won a state basketball title two years ago. Now they’ll try to add a football title. Six All-Ohioans return.
Opener: 8/27 vs Chesapeake
4. Lima Central Catholic
Speaking of basketball titles, the T-Birds won one in March. Can they add a football title in the same year? Several of the same athletes say “Yes.”
Opener: 8/28 at Delphos St. John’s
The Rockets lost a ton of talent. They also return a ton of talent. This program has been waiting for a breakout season and it might finally be here.
Opener: 8/27 @ Lehman Catholic
6. Cuyahoga Heights
The Redskins led Ursuline 28-14 at halftime of last year’s regional final before succumbing in the second half. There are some holes to fill, but there are also 11 starters back.
Opener: 8/28 vs Cincinnati Taft
7. Patrick Henry
Name alone lands the Patriots in the Top 10. Potential makes them No. 7 – for now.
Opener: 8/28 at St. Charles (Michigan)
The Freddies made the regional final last year and return 14 starters, including three players that made first or second team All-Ohio.
Opener: 8/27 at Sparta Highland
The Rangers return 17 starters and “everyone who touched the ball” last year.
Opener: 8/27 vs Lakota
10. North Union
The Wildcats enjoyed an undefeated regular season and earned the school’s first playoff berth last year. Now it’s time to add to the program’s history.
Opener: 8/27 at Fairbanks