JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll Week 4: Watterson the new No. 1 in D-III/IV


NBC4 and JJHuddle Central Ohio Power Poll

Columbus DeSales’ reign as the No. 1 team in the JJHuddle/NBC4 Division III/IV Central
Ohio Power Poll
ended Friday in OT with a loss to New Albany. Watterson now moves to No. 1. Pickerington Central (I/II) and Fredericktown (V/VI) remain No. 1 in their respective polls. See who else is where…

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



1. Pickerington Central (2-0)
The Tigers took the week off and had a bye. Now they get to entertain Fairfield County rival Lancaster (2-1), which is coming off a narrow 28-21 loss to power St. Ignatius. These two don’t like each other and both are very solid teams. If the Tigers are still No. 1 next week, they will have earned it.

2. Hilliard Davidson (3-0)
Davidson just keeps chugging along. The Wildcats latest victim was D-II stalwart Toledo St. Francis (lost 35-14). Up next is Westland (1-2).

3. Marion-Franklin (3-0)
The Red Devils overcame a 7-6 halftime deficit and notched a huge 12-7 road win at fellow D-II power Ashland. Winless Independence awaits.

4. New Albany (3-0)
The Eagles 13-10 overtime victory over DeSales last week is one of the program’s top wins ever. Now the run at 10-0 resumes with Hilliard Bradley (2-1) coming to town.

5. Groveport-Madison (3-0)
There are a couple teams that could make arguments for the No. 5 spot, but the Cruisers earn the nod based on their undefeated record and Week 1 win over Westerville South. We’ll know a lot more about Groveport after this weekend and a date with visiting contender Pickerington North.

The Next Five
Westerville South
Dublin Coffman
Pickerington North
St. Charles


1. Watterson (3-0)
The Eagles cruised past Cathedral from Ontario, Canada 56-0. Things get decidedly more difficult this week with Watterson’s toughest test to date – a trip to Winton Woods (2-1) – looming.

2. DeSales (2-1)
The Stallions still own the series lead over New Albany, but last week’s 13-10 overtime loss stings. No time to reflect though. Youngstown Mooney comes to town this week and surprisingly the Cardinals are coming off a loss of their own – to Lakewood St. Edward.

3. Hartley (3-0)
You read that score right: Hartley 54, Bexley 7. The Hawks were led by Noah Key who rushed for 194 yards and four first half TDs. He also had an interception. Up next for Hartley is a big road test at undefeated Elyria Catholic.

4. Jonathan Alder (2-1)
The Pioneers came painfully close to beating fellow D-IV power and recent rival Clinton-Massie before falling 28-27. Alder had a PAT blocked with less than two minutes to go. This week winless Miami Trace heads to Plain City.

5. Heath (3-0)
The Bulldogs pulled off another impressive win – this time an 18-6 decision over Utica. A stiffer test from Licking Valley looms this week.

The Next Five
Licking Valley


1. Fredericktown (3-0)
The Freddies notched a huge 42-14 non-league win over fellow D-V playoff program Ashland Crestview. This week Fredericktown hits the road for its third road game this season at Johnstown-Northridge (1-2).

2. North Union (3-0)
The Wildcats had a close call against Marion Pleasant but edged the Spartans 17-13. This week North Union hosts Northmor (1-2).

3. West Jefferson (3-0)
The Rough Riders, led by Charlie Ramey (two TDs), beat London 34-18. Winless Berne Union is next.

4. Ready (2-1)

The Silver Knights were tied 21-21 with Licking Valley before the visiting Panthers exploded for 27 unanswered points and a 48-21 win. This week another tough test awaits with a road trip at Nelsonville-York (2-1).

5. Newark Catholic (3-0)
The Green Wave beat rival Fisher Catholic 33-13 and now turn their attention to Lakewood (1-2). A big meeting with Heath lies ahead in Week 5.

The Next Five
Columbus Academy
Harvest Prep
Liberty Union





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