JJHuddle’s Division III Power Poll: Nos. 2-4 shuffle, two new teams enter


JJHuddle Power Poll Division III

The top four teams in the JJHuddle Division III Power Poll are the same although they aren’t all in the same spots and two of them lost. The Top 10 teams aren;t all the same, though, since Cincinnati McNicholas and Dover lost. Who replaced them in the rankings?




1. Steubenville (4-0)
Big Red recorded their third shutout of the season and beat visiting St. John’s College (D.C.) 14-0. This week undefeated Morgantown (W.V.) comes calling. Previous: 1

2. Columbus DeSales (3-1)
The Stallions move up two spots after posting an impressive 41-31 win over then-No. 3 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). Previous: 4

3. 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. Previous: 2

4. Youngstown Mooney (2-2)
The Cardinals lost their second straight game but remain in the top four. Why? Their losses are against D-I No. 6 Lakewood St. Edward and D-III No. 2 Columbus DeSales. This week the Cardinals get a much-needed bye to regroup and get healthy. Games against St. Francis (N.Y.) and Benedictine loom in Weeks 6 and 7. Mooney’s final three games are against Akron SVSM, Ursuline and Moeller. Ouch. Previous: 3

5. Akron SVSM (3-1)
The Irish have won their last two games by a combined four points, the most recent a 16-13 win over Euclid. This week a stiff test awaits with a road trip to Akron Hoban (2-2).  Previous: 5

6. Marlington (4-0)
The Dukes improved to 4-0 for the third time in head coach Ed Miley’s four years with a 32-21 win over Canal Fulton Northwest. Alden Hill led the attack by running for four TDs. Defensively, the Dukes picked off five passes. This week Carrollton (3-1) comes to town. Previous: 6

7. Wyoming (3-1)
The Cowboys recorded their second straight shutout with a 21-0 win over Reading. Wyoming, led by two TD runs from senior QB Robert Gomez, scored all their points in the second half. This week another test looms with Mariemont (3-1) visiting. It will be the Cowboys fourth straight home game. They hit the road four of the last five weeks.  Previous: 8

8. Cincinnati Roger Bacon (3-0)
The Spartans haven’t been undefeated this late into a season since 2000. In last week’s 44-41 win over Chaminade Julienne, senior QB Tanner Sprong threw for 270 yards and tied a school record for TD passes in a game with five. This week a big test awaits in visiting and unbeaten Carroll. Previous: 10

9. Clyde (4-0)
The Fliers enter the Power Poll after a 42-7 win over Port Clinton last week. The question is will they remain here. A tough game with Huron (3-1) is on tap this week. The good news is Clyde is the home team. In the win over PC, Gabe Gilbert rushed for four TDs and Marcus Colson set a school record with a 98-yard interception return for a TD. Previous: NR

10. Eaton (4-0)
The Eagles make their Power Poll debut after another blowout, this time a 34-6 win over Brookville. Eaton beat St. Henry 9-7 but their average margin of victory in their other three wins is 30.5 points per game. Junior backfield mates Cole French (QB) and Nate Clark (RB) have the Eagles humming. A trip to Dayton Oakwood (2-2) is on tap Friday. Previous: NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 7 Cincinnati McNicholas (lost 42-35 to Fenwick); No. 9 Dover (lost 26-21 to Dresden Tri-Valley)

Tippecanoe (4-0); Kenton Ridge (4-0); Napoleon (4-0); Akron Buchtel (2-2); Thornville Sheridan (4-0); Tiffin Columbian (3-1); McNicholas (3-1); Licking Valley (2-2); Hubbard (3-1); Parma Padua (3-1)






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