JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll Week 5: Watterson’s reign is short; DeSales back at No. 1


NBC4 and JJHuddle Central Ohio Power Poll

Pickerington Central solidified itself as No. 1 in the Division I/II poll with a convincing win over rival Lancaster. In DV/VI, Fredericktown also displayed dominance with a 55-3 win over Johnstown-Northridge. In D-III/IV, however, there is a new No. 1 for the second straight week…Click here for the complete rankings.

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1. Pickerington Central (3-0)
The Tigers took it to rival Lancaster and shut out the Gales 26-0. Pick Central showed its explosiveness by scoring on a 60-yard punt return, a 58-yard pass play and a 24-yard interception return. This week the Tigers face another rival in Pickerington North (2-2).

2. Hilliard Davidson (4-0)
The Wildcats rushed for 350 yards and scored 36 second quarter points in a 70-6 win over Westland. Of Davidson’s 10 TDs, nine came on the ground. Next up for the defending state champs is a trip to Thomas Worthington (1-3).

3. Marion-Franklin (4-0)
Corey Benson led the Red Devils to a 35-14 win over Independence by running for two TDs and throwing for another. Up next is a huge test at fellow undefeated Walnut Ridge, which just beat Columbus South 63-26.

4. New Albany (4-0)
The Eagles followed up their big win over DeSales with a solid 49-12 victory over Hilliard Bradley. Alex Hake rushed for three TDs for New Albany, which travels to Watkins Memorial (3-1) this week.

5. Groveport-Madison (4-0)
The Cruisers proved they’re for real with a 23-20 win over Pickerington North. Groveport scored 10 points off turnovers, including a 55-yard interception return for a TD by Shawn Noble. The cruisers are at Grove City (1-3) this week.

The Next Five
Westerville South (3-1)
Dublin Coffman (3-1)
Hilliard Darby (4-0)
St. Charles (4-0)
Big Walnut (4-0)


1. DeSales (3-1)
The Stallions regain the top spot after posting an impressive 41-31 win over fellow D-III state heavyweight Mooney. The game was a rematch of last year’s state final. Senior QB Nick Gentile rushed for 116 yards and three TDs, while senior RB Evan Kendrick added 127 yards and two TDs. This week the Stallions hit the road for a long trip to Michigan where they’ll face undefeated Orchard Lake St. Mary (4-0).

2. Watterson (3-1)
The Eagles suffered their first loss, losing 23-14 on the road at defending D-II state champion Winton Woods. Watterson had a 14-7 lead. This week the Eagles have an open date before facing winless Greenville (0-4) in Week 6.

3. Hartley (3-1)
It took overtime, but Hartley finally fell on the road, losing 34-28 to fellow D-III power Elyria Catholic. The Hawks missed a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation and lost a fumble in OT. This week Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (2-2) heads south.

4. Jonathan Alder (3-1)
The Pioneers racked up 347 total yards and beat Miami Trace 56-0. Six different players scored TDs for Alder, including senior QB Graham Johnston who ran for two and threw for one. Next up is London (2-2), which heads north on Route 42 Friday.

5. Licking Valley (2-2)
The Panthers enter the poll after a second straight quality win, this time a 24-21 decision over previously unbeaten Heath. In Week 3, Licking Valley handed Ready its first loss too – 48-21. The Panthers are at Whitehall-Yearling (2-2) next.

The Next Five
Heath (3-1)
Johnstown-Monroe (3-1)
Granville (3-1)
Licking Heights (3-1)
Eastmoor (1-2)


1. Fredericktown (4-0)
The Freddies held Johnstown-Northridge to seven yards on the ground and 106 total in a 55-3 win. Matt Smith led the way for an offense that racked up 391 yards by rushing for 144 and three TDs. A trip to Danville (3-1) awaits this week.

2. North Union (4-0)
The Wildcats ran for 485 yards and had three different players rush for over 100 yards in a 70-6 win over Northmor. Defensively, NU held Northmor to 41 yards of offense. Up next is a visit from Mount Gilead (2-2).

3. West Jefferson (4-0)
The Rough Riders remained unscathed by shutting out Berne Union 35-0. This week West Jeff travels to Grandview Heights (3-1).

4. Newark Catholic (4-0)
Fueled by Britt Wilder who ran for 196 yards and four TDs, the Green Wave solved Lakewood 31-7. This week things get a little tougher with Heath (3-1) heading to town for the home opener.

5. Ready (2-2)
The Silver Knights dropped their second straight game with a poor showing on the road at Nelsonville-York. Ready had just 156 total yards and was penalized 15 times in the 26-16 loss. This week the Silver Knights head out of state to tackle Covington (Ky.) Holy Cross (1-2).

The Next Five
Cardington-Lincoln (4-0)
Columbus Academy (2-2)
Grandview Heights (3-1)
Harvest Prep (3-1)
Danville (3-1)





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