JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll Week 8: Westerville South back in


NBC4 and JJHuddle Central Ohio Power Poll

Pickerington Central, Hilliard Davidson, North Union and Fredericktown continue to
dominate their opponents. Jonathan
continues to dismantle undefeated teams on the road and Watterson has a huge test this week against DeSales. Westerville South is also back in play for the first time since the preseason…click here for complete rankings.



1. Pickerington Central (6-0)
The Tigers gave up their first TD since Week 2 but still dominated Groveport-Madison 45-7. Pick Central’s Speedy Hammond scored three TDs, while Roger Lewis caught two TD passes. This week the Tigers travel to Newark (1-6) where they have a good shot at notching their fourth shutout of the season.

2. Hilliard Davidson (7-0)
The numbers continue to get crazy for the Wildcats who have won their last four games 230-12. Alex Mickley and Tyler Talbott each scored three TDs in Davidson’s latest victory, a 57-6 decision over Worthington Kilbourne. Things get decidedly more difficult this week with a trip to Dublin Coffman (6-1) on the docket. 

3. Marion-Franklin (7-0)
The Red Devils scored 26 first quarter points en route to beating Columbus West 60-24. QB Correy Benson threw for three TDs and 230 yards on just eight passes and also rushed for another TD. This week M-F faces Eastmoor (4-2).

4. New Albany (7-0)
Jordan Gallegos scored TDs three different ways (punt return, rushing and receiving) as the Eagles toppled winless Franklin Heights 55-14. QB Bryant Bednarek also completed all six of his passes for 111 yards and two TDs before exiting. This week New Albany faces a huge test against visiting and fellow unbeaten Big Walnut.

5. Westerville South (6-1)
The Wildcats are back in the Power Poll for the first time since the Preseason. South has rattled off six straight wins since its opening loss to Groveport-Madison. In its latest win, a 42-35 decision over Marysville, senior RB Jayshon Jackson ran for 191 yards and four TDs. This week a trip to rival and winless Westerville North awaits.

The Next Five
Big Walnut (7-0)
Dublin Coffman (6-1)
Hilliard Darby (6-1)
Canal Winchester (6-1)
St. Charles (5-2)


1. Watterson (5-1)
The Eagles dominated visiting Lorain 63-0. Watterson scored three defensive TDs and held Lorain to minus-13 total yards of offense. This week things get ratcheted up tenfold with archrival DeSales (4-3) looming.

2. Jonathan Alder (6-1)
The Pioneers knocked off their second straight undefeated team on the road with a convincing 59-19 victory at Washington Court House. Last week they pummeled Ironton. Senior QB Graham Johnston ran for 142 yards and three TDs in the win over WCH. This week Alder heads to Dayton to face Ponitz Tech (2-5).

3. DeSales (4-3)
The Stallions took one on the chin, losing 62-0 to Lakewood St. Edward. Ouch. This week DeSales gets little time to lick its wounds with a trip to rival Watterson (5-1) ahead. Health is a big issue for DeSales.

4. Hartley (6-1)
The Hawks hit the road and then out-hit Dayton Thurgood Marshall 38-14. Last year Marshall beat Hartley 60-41. Noah Key led the way by rushing for 207 yards and four TDs on 19 carries. This week the Hawks face another stiff road test at Ironton (5-2).

5. Licking Valley (5-2)
Drew McArtor and Chase Redman helped propel the Panthers past Lakewood 52-14. McArtor ran for 193 yards and two TDs on 15 carries, while Redman had 173 yards and two TDs on 10 carries. McArtor also caught a TD pass. This week LV travels to Newark Catholic (6-1).

The Next Five
Heath (6-1)
Sparta Highland (5-2)
Eastmoor (4-2)
Granville (5-2)
Amanda-Clearcreek (4-3)


1. Fredericktown (7-0)
Matt Smith rang up 176 yards and two TDs on 33 carries as the Freddies beat East Knox 41-12. Branden Smith also connected on two field goals and booted five PATs. This week Fredricktown will face a test at Utica (4-3).

2. North Union (7-0)
The Wildcats pitched their third shutout of the season with a 35-0 win over Elgin and have now beaten their last four opponents 191-20. This week North Union hits the road to face Cardington-Lincoln (4-3).

3. West Jefferson (7-0)
The Rough Riders held Millersport to minus-three total yards and exploded for 31 second quarter points en route to a 53-0 win. West Jeff had 457 yards of offense and six different players scored TDs. Millersport had 25 yards passing and minus-28 yards rushing on 23 carries. This week the Rough Riders host Harvest Prep (4-3).

4. Newark Catholic (6-1)
Britt Wilder rushed for 169 yards and two TDs on 31 carries and the Green Wave defense held Bexley out of the end zone in a 27-7 win. The Lions lone score came on a 98-yard kickoff return. This week Newark Catholic faces a huge hurdle in visiting Licking Valley (5-2).

5. Fairfield Christian Academy (7-0)
The Knights erased a 0-0 tie by exploding for 21 second quarter points in a 36-7 win over Fayetteville-Perry. FCA held Fayetteville to 173 total yards while racking up 340 of its own. QB Luke Johnson ran for a TD and three for two, both to Hayden Welch. This week the Knights have a bye. In week 8 they travel to Bellaire St. John (1-6).

The Next Five
Liberty Union (5-2)
Grandview Heights (4-3)
Milford Center Fairbanks (6-1)
Columbus Academy (3-4)
Ready (3-4)

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