JJHuddle’s Division IV Power Poll: Clear Fork makes its first appearance

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JJHuddle Power Poll Division IV

Alter and Fenwick showed their mettle this past weekend as the two GCL heavyweights went toe-to-toe. The Knights remain No. 1 with their 31-28 win, but Fenwick earned respect. So too did newcomer Bellville Clear Fork, which beat Ashland 48-33. See how this week’s JJHuddle Division IV Power Poll shakes out…


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JJHUDDLE’S DIVISION IV POWER POLL WEEK 9

1. Kettering Alter (7-1)
The Knights showed they are still the team to beat with a solid 31-28 come-from-behind win over Fenwick. Alter, which trailed 21-17 in the third quarter, got a lift from its defense, which forced three turnovers. This week the Knights host Roger Bacon (6-2). Previous: 1

2. Clinton-Massie (8-0)
The Falcons won their 30th straight regular season game with a 49-0 shutout win over Washington Court House. The score could have been worse, but two C-M first quarter drives ended on downs inside WCH’s 10-yardline. The Falcons tallied 618 yards of offense with senior RB Jordan Scanlon tallying 184 yards and two TDs on 31 carries. This week C-M hosts Madison Plains (1-7). Previous: 2

3. Kenton (7-1)
The Wildcats blasted Defiance 58-6 as junior Maty Mauk moved into second on Ohio’s all-time passing yards list. Mauk completed 30-of-46 passes for 397 yards and six TDs. He now has 11,438 yards and trails only his brother Ben Mauk (who threw for 17,364 yards). Senior WR Max Morrison had a huge game as well, catching eight passes for 125 yards and four TDs. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD. This week Kenton hosts Wapakoneta (7-1). Previous: 3

4. 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. Previous: 4

5. Akron Manchester (8-0)
The Panthers recorded their third shutout in five games with a 69-0 win over Navarre Fairless. Senior RB Mark Noble rushed for 119 yards and four TDs and junior RB Shawn Dean rushed for 168 yards and three TDs. Manchester is at Tuscarawas Valley (4-4) this week. Previous:7

6. Fenwick (7-1)
The Falcons, who tied the program’s best start ever with seven straight wins, suffered their first defeat 31-28 to Alter. Fenwick led 21-17 in the third quarter but couldn’t close the deal. Three turnovers hurt. Still, Fenwick showed it belongs among D-IV’s best. This week the Falcons host Badin (4-4).  Previous: 6

7. Genoa (8-0)
The Comets won their 37th straight regular season game and notched their third shutout of the season with a 41-0 win over Lake. RB Kyle Nutter ran for 162 yards and three TDs on 32 carries as Genoa racked up 330 yards of offense. Garrett Scott had two first quarter interceptions. This week Genoa hosts Otsego (2-6). Previous: 8

8. Elyria Catholic (7-1)
The Panthers survived Cleveland Central Catholic and rallied from a fourth quarter deficit to win 17-14. Senior QB Danny Reaser completed 19-of-40 passes for 211 yards and two TDs, including the game winner to Zach Rogers. This week EC is at Bedford St. Peter Chanel (2-5). Previous: 9

9. Coshocton (7-1)
Indiana recruit and senior RB/LB Zack Shaw rushed for 165 yards and two TDs as the Redskins held off Urichsville Claymont 28-20. J.J. McKay added 100 yards and two TD runs of his own. This week the Redskins face a huge test at Dover (6-2). Previous: 10

10. Bellville Clear Fork (7-1)
The Colts make their Power Poll debut after an impressive 48-33 win over Ashland. Clearfork, which has won seven straight, rushed for 476 yards against the Arrows. Senior RB Jordan McCune led the attack with 235 yards and three TDs on 30 carries. This week Clear Fork is at Orrville (6-2). Previous: NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 5 Hartley (lost 37-16 to Ironton)

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Heath (7-1); Chagrin Falls (7-1); Carlisle (8-0); North College Hill (8-0); Hartley (6-2); Campbell Memorial (7-1); Orrville (6-2); Ironton (6-2); Portsmouth West (7-1); Waynesville (6-2)

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