JJHuddle’s Division III Power Poll: Half the Top 10 on the wrong end of score


JJHuddle Power Poll Division III

No Power Poll experienced as much turnover from last week to now than the D-III Power Poll. Half of the Top 10 teams lost meaning there was plenty of movement and opportunity for new faces to enter the fray. Here’s how it played out.


1. Columbus DeSales (2-0)
Junior RB Warren Ball had a big week. He committed to Ohio State and then ran for four TDs in a 41-0 win over Maumee. This week the competition gets ratcheted up a bit for the Stallions with undefeated New Albany looming. Previous: 1

2. Steubenville (2-0)
The Big Red edged McKeesport (Pa.) 7-0 by limiting the Tigers to 60 yards of total offense. RB Jo Jo Pierro’s third quarter TD run was the difference. This week Steubenville hosts undefeated Brooke (WV). Previous: 3

3. Youngstown Mooney (2-0)
The Cardinals will try to beat a D-I team for the third straight week as D-I No. 10 St. Edward comes calling in Week 3. Mooney has already beaten Pickerington North and Boardman. Previous: 4

4. 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. Previous: 8

5. Akron SVSM (1-1)
Irish bounced back from opening loss at Watterson to throttle Akron North 48-0. This week a key match-up with No. 9 Buchtel is on the docket. Previous: 10

6. Akron Hoban (1-1)
The Knights had little success on offense in 26-6 loss to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. Hoban committed six turnovers. This week the Knights hit the road for a showdown at Boardman. Better execution on offense is an obvious need. Previous: 6

7. Marlington (2-0)
The Dukes have posted outputs of 62 and 55 points in their first two games. Their running game is going. This week a huge test in Poland awaits. Previous: NR

8. Wyoming (1-1)
The Cowboys fell at D-II No. 6 Turpin in new quarterback Robert Gomez’s debut. Gomez, a senior, made his first start after taking over for classmate and returning starter Kyle Seyfried (first team All-Ohio) who broke his foot late in the Cowboys season-opening win over Trenton Edgewood. Norwood is up this week. Previous: 2

9. Akron Buchtel (1-1)
The Griffins were plagued by poor special teams in a 35-6 loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Buchtel trailed just 7-0 at the half but had two punts blocked that resulted in 14 points for the winners. This week the Griffins get No. 5 SVSM. Previous: 8

10. Dover (1-1)
The Tornados got edged 41-37 in a shoot-out at D-II No. 10 Ashland last week. This week they’ll try their luck against another solid D-II program in visiting Canfield.
Previous: 9

DROPPED OUT: No. 6 Poland (lost 48-13 to Austintown-Fitch)

KEEP AN EYE ON: Eaton (2-0); Tippecanoe (2-0); Cincinnati McNicholas (2-0)




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