JJHuddle’s Division III Power Poll: Steubenville assumes the No. 1 spot


JJHuddle Power Poll Division III

A familiar face is the new No. 1 in the JJHuddle Division III Power Poll: Steubenville. Big Red takes the top spot after both former No. 1 Columbus DeSales and challenger Youngstown Mooney fell. Those two meet each other this week so one of them is going to have two losses…Here are the complete rankings.




1. Steubenville (3-0)
Big Red beat rival Brooke (WV) 34-21 in a game that featured a first half fight and was tabbed the “Battle for the Bridge.” Big Red remained undefeated against West Virginia opponents since 1963, by running the ball 54 times for 293 yards. This week St. John’s College (1-1) from Washington, D.C. comes to Steubenville. Previous: 2

2. 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 D-II No. 4 Winton Woods (2-1) – looming. Previous: 4

3. Youngstown Mooney (2-1)
The Cardinals couldn’t beat their third straight D-I team and lost 37-3 to Lakewood St. Edward. It was Mooney’s worst loss since a 42-0 defeat to Warren Harding in 2002. Another tough one is on the docket this week with a trip to No. 4 Columbus DeSales scheduled. Previous: 3

4. Columbus 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. No. 3 Mooney comes to town this week and surprisingly the Cardinals are coming off a loss of their own – to Lakewood St. Edward. Previous: 1

5. Akron SVSM (2-1)
The Irish edged then No. 9 Buchtel 7-6, stopping the would-be game-winning two-point conversion with no time left. Whew. Indiana recruit Mark Murphy rushed for 40 yards and a TD and added an interception, but his biggest play came on the final snap when he and Joe Breiding stopped Buchtel’s two-point run short of the goal line. This week the Irish travel to Euclid (1-2). Previous: 10

6. Marlington (3-0)
The Dukes scored 40 points or more for the third straight week with a 40-24 win over Poland. Marlington churned out 480 yards on 55 carries. RB Alden Hill ran for 218 yards, while backfield mate Dymonte Thomas ran for 178. This week a road game at Canal Fulton Northwest (1-2) awaits. Previous: 7

7. Cincinnati McNicholas (3-0)
The Rockets appear to be Cincinnati’s best D-III team through three weeks and have posted back-to-back shutouts over New Richmond and Medway (Canada). Senior QB Matt Staubach has thrown for 118 yards (only 14 attempts on the season) and has rushed for 340 yards and six TDs. This week will be a good measuring stick with fellow unbeaten Fenwick visiting. Previous: NR

8. Wyoming (2-1)
The Cowboys shut out Norwood 40-0. Senior QB Robert Gomez, filling in for the injured Kyle Seyfried (first team All-Ohio), has thrown for four TDs and run for another in two starts. This week Reading (2-1) makes a visit. Previous: 8

9. Dover (2-1)
The Tornados scored on a 66-yard pass play from Derik Swinderman to Logan Maholm with less than eight minutes to go to edge Canfield 17-13 in a big non-conference game. This week the Tornadoes face another non-league test at Dresden Tri-Valley (2-1). Previous: 10

10. Cincinnati Roger Bacon (3-0)
The Spartans are off to their best start since 2001. Senior QB Tanner Sprong leads the GCL Central Division in passing yards (430) and TDs (four), while junior RB Griffin Monty leads the division in rushing yards (333) and is second in TDs (five). This week the Spartans play their third home game in a stretch of five straight against formidable foe Chaminade Julienne (2-1). Previous: NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 6 Akron Hoban (lost 14-10 to Boardman); No. 9 Akron Buchtel (lost 7-6 to No. 5 Akron SVSM)

Eaton (3-0); Clyde (3-0); Tippecanoe (3-0); Kenton Ridge (3-0); Napoleon (3-0); Akron Buchtel (1-2); Thornville Sheridan (3-0); Salem (3-0)





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