JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll Week 3: There’s a new No. 1 in the Big School Rankings


NBC4 and JJHuddle Central Ohio Power Poll

Dublin Coffman’s reign as the No. 1 team in the JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll ended Sunday on the turf at Ohio Stadium. So who moves into the vacated spot? Pickerington Central and Hilliard Davidson both have arguments…only one though holds the top spot. See which it is and the III/IV a V/VI updated polls.

We’ll update the polls every Monday for release on JJHuddle and
during the NBC 4 newscasts.



1. Pickerington Central (2-0)
While there’s been great debate early this season about who Central Ohio’s top team is, Pickerington Central supporters got the dose of evidence they needed Monday with the Tigers 36-20 win over Oscar Smith (Va.). We also noted before the season that Pick Central has arguably the best defensive backfield in the state. That argument might be closed after their performance in The Shoe. Wow.

2. Hilliard Davidson (2-0)
Alex Mickley rushed for two more TDs (has six on the season) and J.D. Detmer booted three field goals in the Wildcats 37-3 dismantling of Brookhaven. The defending state champs keep humming along. This week Davidson hosts D-II power Toledo St. Francis.

3. Marion-Franklin (2-0)
The Red Devils took advantage of two return TDs (one on a punt and one on an interception) to overcome 13 penalties and Dublin Scioto 20-6. This week Marion-Franklin travels to Ashland in an intriguing D-II match-up with statewide implications.

4. New Albany (2-0)
The Eagles ran over Westerville Central 33-6 with Jordan Gallegos (221 yards and two TDs) and Alex Hake (148 yards and a TD) doing most of the damage. Now the big one – a trip to DeSales – awaits in Week 3.

5. Olentangy (2-0)
The Braves have shown the ability to air it out and pound the running game with success. And after last year’s 3-7 record things seem to be back on track. Olentangy hasn’t had back-to-back losing seasons since 1990-91. Big Walnut comes to town next. 

The Next Five
Westerville South
Dublin Coffman
Pickerington North


1. DeSales (2-0)
The Stallions ran for 403 yards and plastered a 41-0 shutout on host Maumee. Now things get a little tougher with New Albany on the docket in Week 3.

2. Watterson (2-0)
The Eagles have forced 10 turnovers in the first two games, including four in a 30-6 Week 2 win over Beechcroft. The Cougars mustered just 107 yards of offense. Watterson hosts Cathedral High from Canada in Week 3. Expect more turnovers from the opposition.

3. Hartley (2-0)
After two weeks and two wins – the latest a 42-34 victory over Columbus Academy – the Hawks are averaging 45 points per game. Hartley slapped 405 rushing yards on the Vikings. Next up? Undefeated Bexley.

4. Jonathan Alder (2-0)
For the second week in a row, the Pioneers went on the road and beat a D-I team, this time it was Marysville (30-21). Ironically, things get ratcheted up this week with fellow D-IV stalwart Clinton-Massie rolling into town.

5. Heath (2-0)
The Bulldogs built a 21- 6 lead against Johnstown-Monroe and held on for a 21-15 win. This week Utica comes calling.

The Next Five


1. Fredericktown (2-0)
Four different players scored in a 42-8 victory over Berne Union that the Freddies led 35-0 at halftime. This week fellow unbeaten Ashland Crestview heads south for a meeting in Fredericktown.

2. North Union (2-0)
The Wildcats have yet to be scored upon this season thanks to their second straight shutout, a 31-0 win over Sparta Highland. Warren Shields had a big game for the winners, scoring three TDs. This week the Wildcats travel to Marion Pleasant.

3. Ready (2-0)
The trip to Pennsylvania was worth it as the Silver Knights crushed Blairsville (Pa.) 51-6. Ready rushed for 404 yards, with 243 of those coming from Demetrious Clark (scored three TDs). This week the Silver Knights face Licking Valley in their home opener (and one of just three homes games this year).

4. West Jefferson (2-0)
Five different players reached the end zone for the Rough Riders who remained unbeaten with a convincing 40-6 win over Madison Plains. London is up next.

5. Newark Catholic (2-0)
The Green Wave trailed host Nelsonville-York 9-0 at halftime before rallying for a 13-9 victory.  Senior Britt Wilder scored both NC’s second half TDs. A trip to Fisher Catholic awaits in Week 3.

The Next Five
Columbus Academy
Liberty Union




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