JJHuddle’s Division IV Power Poll: Alter loses, but does it remain No. 1?


JJHuddle Power Poll Division IV

Two-time defending Division IV state champion Kettering Alter got beat for just the third time in its last 60 games last Friday. Will that loss – against D-I rival Centerville – drop the Knights from No. 1 in the JJHuddle Division IV Power Poll? If so, who is the new No. 1? If not, is there a gripe?




1. Kettering Alter (2-1)
The Knights had their 32-game (on field) winning streak snapped with a 24-7 loss to D-I No. 4 Centerville. A crowd of 12,000-plus saw Centerville hold Alter to minus-2 yards rushing in the first meeting between the neighborhood rivals since 1967. Ouch is right. The simple fact of the matter is that NO D-IV team in Ohio is beating Centerville this year. The question IS can a D-IV team in Ohio beat Alter? This week the Knights travel to Purcell-Marian (1-2), which is the last team on their schedule (right now) with a losing record. Previous: 1

2. Kenton (3-0)
The Wildcats beat Lima Shawnee 54-14 as junior QB Maty Mauk completed 35-of-56 passes for 476 yards and seven TDs. Mauk has thrown for 16 TDs in three weeks. This week Kenton faces what will be its toughest remaining test until the playoffs begin – a trip to No. 8 and undefeated Ottawa-Glandorf. Previous: 2
3. Clinton-Massie (3-0)

The Falcons survived a trip to Plain City by edging host Jonathan Alder 28-27. Senior DE Charles Harpen blocked a PAT with less than two minutes to go to preserve the win. This week the Falcons, who had 304 yards rushing against the Pioneers, welcome Hillsboro (1-2) to Clarksville. Previous: 3

4. Columbus 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 and No. 5 Elyria Catholic. Previous: 4

5. Elyria Catholic (3-0)
The Panthers beat rival Elyria 56-35 in the teams first meeting in 61 years. Senior QB Danny Reaser set Lorain County records for passing yards (508) and passing TDs (six) in a game. This week Reaser and Co. get a huge test in the form of No. 4 Hartley which heads north from Columbus. Previous: 6

6. Campbell Memorial (3-0)
The Devils survived Youngstown Liberty 15-14, and again turnovers plagued the offense. Better ball security is a must. This week Memorial plays its third straight home game as Brookfield (1-2) comes to Campbell. Previous: 5

7. Chagrin Falls (3-0)
QB Tim Porter and Spencer Diedrich hooked up for two TDs as the Tigers beat Field 21-14. This week Chagrin Falls gets a good test with Aurora (2-1) coming to town. Previous: 7

8. Ottawa-Glandorf (3-0)
The Titans have won their three games 104-13, but their first three opponents are a combined 0-9. Things change in a big way this week with No. 2 and undefeated Kenton coming to Ottawa. The Wildcats have scored 174 points. Previous: 8

9. Ironton (3-0)
The Tigers ran the ball 57 times for 335 yards in a 24-6 win over Chillicothe. In all, five different Tigers logged 40 yards or more on the ground. This week things get ratcheted up a couple notches with undefeated Ashland (Ky.) Blazer coming to Ironton for the Tigers home opener. Previous: 9

10. Jonathan Alder (2-1)
The Pioneers came painfully close to beating No. 3 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. Previous: 9


KEEP AN EYE ON: Akron Manchester (3-0); Orrville (2-1); Coshocton (2-1); Heath (3-0); Genoa (3-0); Fenwick (3-0); Carlisle (3-0); North College Hill (3-0); Perry (3-0); Portsmouth West (3-0); Peninsula Woodridge (3-0)





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