Morning Huddle: The Top 20 football teams in Ohio


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Is Medina turning into a football power?
• Wayne’s Braxton Miller ready to run
• Top area football matchups
• Genoa-Eastwood has championship feel?

The Top 20 football teams in Ohio: Rivals has put together a list of the Top 20 teams in the state, and Colerain sits at the top. “Maybe instead of trying to figure out if any state is good enough to compete with traditional hot spots Florida, Texas and California, the goal should be too find a classification that can compete with Division I in Ohio,” they write. The Top 10 spots on their list are filled with DI schools, and (no surprise) the Steubenville Big Red (Division 3, Region 11) takes the No. 11 spot. Rivals’ Top 5?

1 Colerain Cincinnati (5-0)
2 Glenville Academic Campus Cleveland (5-0)
3 Central Pickerington (4-0)
4 St. Edward Lakewood (5-0)
5 Moeller Cincinnati (5-0)

Read the rest of their list here.

Is Medina turning into a football town? After putting together a 5-0 record, the Medina Bees will fast their biggest test tonight against the Strongsville at Ken Dukes Stadium. After being looked at as a soccer school for decades, Medina’s got a chance to silence critics of their football program by knocking off the Mustangs. “Beating Strongsville – Strongsville – would rope in all the non-believers, not just in Medina but around the region, even around the state,” writes SportsInk columnist Steve King. “With every growing program, there is a time – a game, a quarter, a possession, a series or even just a single play – during which the players and coaches are asked to step up and really be counted for the first time. And if they do, then they and their program move to a whole new level of acceptance.” It’ll be exciting to see if the Bees can answer the call.

Huber Heights’ Braxton Miller’s ready to run: At least two star quarterbacks in the state have been muzzled by injuries this year: Huber Heights Wayne’s Braxton Miller (an Ohio State commit) and Cincinnati Wyoming senior QB Kyle Seyfried. Seyfried’s likely out against Madeira, but tonight could be the night we finally see Braxton back in top form. He’s been relying on his arm after suffering a high ankle sprain against Moeller in Week 1. The dual threat QB rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns before the injury. Tonight, he leads the Warriors against Springfield, home to one of his best friends linebacker Trey DePriest, who has committed to Alabama. If he can run and pass, he’ll cause a lot more headaches for the 4-1 Springfield. “Our goal all along is to make it to the playoffs,” Springfield High School’s head football coach, Rick Robertson, says. “Even more so, we’d love to host a playoff game.” This game could change the momentum for both teams.

The top area football matches: Here are run-downs on the top matchups in the Cincinnati area, the Columbus area and the Cleveland area. Three matchups you need to follow? Upper Arlington (4-1, 2-0) at Hilliard Darby (5-0, 2-0), Brecksville-Broadview Heights at Olmsted Falls and Wyoming (4-1, 2-0 CHL) at Madeira (4-1, 2-0).

Genoa-Eastwood has championship feel: To win the league championship, you’ve gonna have to beat Genoa. Think Eastwood can pull it off? Here’s Fox Toledo‘s take:

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