JJHuddle’s Division IV Power Poll: St. Clairsville out, Coshocton in

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JJHuddle Power Poll Division IV

How difficult are the Region 16 playoffs going to be? Consider five of the top six teams in the JJHuddle Division IV Power Poll reside in that region. Here’s how this week’s rankings shake out…


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JJHUDDLE’S DIVISION IV POWER POLL WEEK 8

1. Kettering Alter (6-1)
The Knights beat Dayton Carroll for the fifth straight time and ran the ball on 59 of 61 plays in their 35-14 win. Senior RB Justin Winters was the workhorse, rushing for 85 yards and three TDs on 15 carries. In all 10 players logged a carry. This week the Knights face a stiff challenge from fellow GCL unbeaten Fenwick. Previous: 1

2. Clinton-Massie (7-0)
The Falcons won their 29th straight regular season game with a 63-7 rout of Greenfield McClain. Senior RB Scott Wilkie scored four TDs, while classmate Jordie Scanlon added three. This week the Falcons host Washington Court House (6-1). Previous: 2

3. Kenton (6-1)
The Wildcats clobbered Celina 58-14 after building a 38-0 lead in the first quarter. The win secured Kenton’s 18th straight winning season in the Western Buckeye League as well. Junior QB Maty Mauk threw for 478 yards and surpassed 11,000 for his career. This week Kenton travels to Defiance (1-6). Previous: 4

4. 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). Previous: 5

5. Columbus 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). Previous: 6

6. Fenwick (7-0)
The Falcons won their second overtime game in four weeks with a 30-27 victory over Chaminade Julienne. Senior RB Joey Robertson ran 20 yards for the winning TD. Robertson, Zach Kurtz and Austin Gearing all ran for over 80 yards against the Eagles and combined for 277 yards and four TDs. This week Fenwick’s biggest test to date looms with a game against No. 1 Alter (6-1) at Franklin H.S. Previous: 7

7. Akron Manchester (7-0)
Senior RB Mark Noble ran for 97 yards and two TDs and sophomore QB Nick Peyakov threw for 189 yards and two TDs in a 34-22 win over Wooster Triway. This week Manchester hosts Fairless (1-6). Previous: 8

8. Genoa (7-0)
The Comets won their 36th straight regular season game with a 75-12 win over Gibsonburg. Genoa is averaging 48 points per game and has scored more than 50 points five times. This week the Comets host Millbury Lake (4-3). Previous: 9

9. Elyria Catholic (6-1)
The Panthers gave up a 17-10 lead and lost their first game of the season 41-23 to Padua Franciscan. Senior Danny Reaser passed for 397 yards and three TDs but it wasn’t enough. This week EC has another stiff test at Cleveland Central Catholic (6-1). Previous: 3

10. Coshocton (6-1)
The Redskins make their first Power Poll appearance since Week 2, when they lost 19-15 at Manchester. Since then Coshocton has averaged 44 points a game and rattled off five straight wins. This week the Redskins host Claymont (1-6). Previous: NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 10 St. Clairsville (lost 34-28 in three OT to Richmond Edison)

KEEP AN EYE ON: Heath (6-1); Carlisle (7-0); North College Hill (7-0); Portsmouth West (7-0); Chagrin Falls (6-1); Belleville Clearfork (6-1); St. Clairsville (6-1); Campbell Memorial (6-1); Orrville (5-2); Ironton (5-2)

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