JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll Week 9: Heath enters rankings


NBC4 and JJHuddle Central Ohio Power Poll

There’s a new member in the D-III/IV Central Ohio Power Poll. With Hartley losing convincingly on the road, Heath replaces the Hawks. Did DeSales stay in despite its third loss in four games? How about Newark Catholic, which lost to Licking Valley? Click here to see how this week’s poll shapes up…




1. Pickerington Central (7-0)
The Tigers notched their fourth shutout of the season and scored 37 points over a three minute span in the second quarter en route to a 64-0 victory at Newark. Seven different players scored TDs for the Tigers who led 50-0 at halftime. Pick Central hosts Grove City (3-5) this week.

2. Hilliard Davidson (8-0)
This is the reality. In the last five weeks, Davidson has scored 257 points. It’s allowed 15. The latest victim – Dublin Coffman – was supposed to pose a bigger threat than the previous seven opponents, but the Rocks could only roll three points in a 27-3 loss. The Wildcats head to Upper Arlington (6-2) this week and face a Golden Bears team that’s outscored its last two foes 156-6. 

3. Marion-Franklin (8-0)
The Red Devils got a scare from Eastmoor but still managed to pull out a 34-27 win. QB Correy Benson threw for three TDs and ran for another. Paul Harris also added a 93-yard TD run in addition to catching one of Benson’s TD passes. This week M-F hosts Briggs (5-3).

4. New Albany (8-0)
In a match-up of unbeaten “Eagles” teams, it was New Albany that took flight in a 41-0 shutout win over Big Walnut. QB Bryan Bednarek threw for two TDs and ran for another as New Albany led 28-0 at half. This week New Albany travels to Delaware Hayes (3-5).

5. Westerville South (7-1)

The magic number in the Wildcats dismantling of archrival Westerville North was “56” as in 56 points scored by South and 56 yards gained by North. The final 56-0. The Wildcats led 42-0 at halftime. This week South is at Olentangy (5-3).

The Next Five
Hilliard Darby (7-1)
Dublin Coffman (6-2)
Big Walnut (7-1)
Upper Arlington (6-2)
Canal Winchester (7-1)


1. Watterson (6-1)
Watterson started a new streak Friday. After losing five straight to its archrival DeSales, the Eagles – ranked No. 1 in the state in the JJHuddle Division III Power Poll – improved to 6-1 with a 31-7 win over the Stallions at Crew Stadium. The Watterson defense forced three turnovers, two of which QB Patrick Rhomberg – Watterson’s standout QB – turned into TDs. Watterson held a 31-0 lead before DeSales scored with less than seven minutes left. This week the Eagles are at St. Charles (5-2).

2. Jonathan Alder (7-1)
The Pioneers scored all their points in the first half of a 49-14 victory at Dayton Ponitz. Senior QB Graham Johnston scored two TDs and five other Pioneers reached the end zone. Alder scored two defensive TDs as well (fumble and interception returns). The Pioneers host Greenfield McClain (4-4) this week.

3. Licking Valley (6-2)
The Panthers rushed for 366 yards and pounded rival Newark Catholic 31-7. Sophomore RB Drew McArtor did most of the damage, rushing for 200 yards and three TDs on 35 carries. Defensively, LV limited NC to seven first downs and 142 total yards. The Panthers host Columbus Academy (5-3) this week.

4. Heath (7-1)
The Bulldogs rallied from a 17-14 third quarter deficit to win their third game in a row 27-17 over Granville. Heath had 394 yards of offense and Cole Benner scored two fourth quarter TDs to cap the comeback. This week the Bulldogs are at Bexley (3-5).

5. DeSales (4-4)
The Stallions have scored 27 points the last four weeks and have gone 1-3. Three turnovers hurt them against rival Watterson in a 31-7 loss last Friday. This week things don’t get any easier with undefeated Cincinnati LaSalle coming to Columbus.

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


1. Fredericktown (8-0)
The Freddies blew open a close game by scoring 28 unanswered second half points in a 48-20 win over Utica. Fredericktown led just 20-12 at the half. Matt Smith ran for 150 yards and a TD and Ryan Logan threw for 131 yards and two TDs. The Freddies close out the regular season by hosting Centerburg (3-5) and Loudonville (2-6).

2. North Union (8-0)
The Wildcats jumped out to a 27-7 lead after the first quarter and then Clay Hastings took over in a 48-13 victory over Cardington-Lincoln. Hastings, who ran for 92 yards on 10 carries, scored a TD in each the second, third and fourth quarters. He ran 15 and 32 yards for two TDs and returned a fumble 68 yards for another. Warren Shields led NU with 139 carries and a TD on 13 carries. The Wildcats host Buckeye Valley (3-5) this week.

3. West Jefferson (8-0)
The Rough Riders rallied from a 15-12 halftime deficit to beat Harvest Prep 28-21. QB D.J. Gray threw for 75 yards and a TD and ran for 89 yards and another TD. He also scored a 2-point conversion. This week West Jeff is at Licking Heights (6-2).

4. Newark Catholic (6-2)
The Greene Wave couldn’t muster much offense in a 31-7 loss to Licking Valley. NC managed just seven first downs and 142 total yards. This week the Green Wave travels to Whitehall-Yearling (3-5).

5. Fairfield Christian Academy (7-0)
The Knights had a bye week. Now they start the final two-game stretch against Bellaire St. John Central (1-7) and Grove City Christian (2-6) and hope two wins produces a playoff spot. 

The Next Five
Liberty Union (6-2)
Grandview Heights (5-3)
Milford Center Fairbanks (7-1)
Columbus Academy (4-4)
Ready (4-4)


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