The second annual JJHuddle/NBC4 Central Ohio Power Poll concludes this week with the 2010 Poll Champions crowned. In D-I/II, Pickerington Central is No. 1, while in the D-III/IV rankings Watterson is tops. In D-V/VI, Fredericktown won its second straight poll championship. Click here for the complete final rankings.
JJHUDDLE/NBC4 CENTRAL OHIO POWER POLL FINAL POLL
1. Pickerington Central (9-0)*
The Tigers won their 15th straight regular season game and capped an undefeated season with their fifth shutout of the year in a 45-0 win over Reynoldsburg. Speedy Hammond ran for two TDs, Jake Raymond ran for a TD and kicked a FG and Tamani Carter returned an interception for a TD in the win. This week the Tigers – the No. 1 seed in Region 3 – begin postseason play by hosting Troy (8-2) on Saturday in a quarterfinal.
2. Hilliard Davidson (10-0)
The defending Division I state champions finished 10-0 for the first time since 2006 (when they won their first state title) and shut out rival Hilliard Darby for the second straight season. In the Wildcats 16-0 win, senior RB Alex Mickley scored two TDs, while senior LB Keith Heitzman (a Vanderbilt commit) blocked a punt for a safety. This week Davidson begins defense of its championship by hosting Northland (8-2) in a Region 3 quarterfinal on Saturday.
3. Marion-Franklin (10-0)
The Red Devils racked up 473 yards of offense and Correy Benson and Joe Alverson combined to throw six TD passes in a 64-32 win over South that secured the Columbus City League South Division title outright. M-F starts Region 7 postseason play Friday by hosting Zanesville (9-1).
4. New Albany (10-0)
The Eagles won the OCC Capital Division title and made history by finishing 10-0 for the first time ever with a 21-6 win over Mount Vernon. RBs Alex Hake (103 yards, 2 TDs) and Jordan Gallegos (112 yards. TD) led the offense, while the defense recovered three fumbles and forced five. On Friday, New Albany hosts Dresden Tri-Valley (8-2) in a Region 7 quarterfinal.
5. Dublin Coffman (8-2)
The Rocks re-enter the Power Poll after debuting at No. 1 in the preseason. Senior QB Cole Stoudt completed 21-of-32 passes for 317 yards and two TDs as Coffman closed the regular season with a 27-9 win over Upper Arlington. The Rocks face host Westerville South (8-2) in the Region 3 quarterfinals Saturday. South beat Coffman 31-21 in Week 2.
The Next Five
Canal Winchester (9-1)
Hilliard Darby (8-2)
Westerville South (8-2)
St. Charles (5-4)
1. Watterson (8-1)*
The Eagles end the regular season in the top spot and deservedly so. Watterson – ranked No. 1 in the state in the JJHuddle D-III Power Poll – closed with five straight wins, including an impressive 37-13 victory at Uniontown Lake in Week 10. QB Patrick Rhomberg continued his stellar play against the Blue Streaks by throwing for 117 yards and two TDs and rushing for 51 yards and another TD. Now the Eagles turn their attention to the Region 10 playoffs where they host archrival DeSales (5-5) on Saturday in a regional quarterfinal. This is the third straight season these two have met in the playoffs (DeSales has won the previous two). Watterson just beat the Stallions 31-7 in Week 8.
2. Jonathan Alder (9-1)
The Pioneers closed with a 39-20 win over host St. Charles. Graham Johnston ran for 139 yards and a TD, while Austin DeHart added 136 yards and three TDs. A blocked extra-point in Week 3 against Clinton-Massie is the only thing separating Alder from being 10-0. As it stands, the Pioneers end the regular season on a seven-game winning streak. Alder hosts Waynesville (8-2) in the Region 16 quarterfinals Friday.
3. Licking Valley (8-2)
The Panthers won the outright Mid-State League Ohio Division title and ended the regular season on an eight-game win streak after crushing Bexley 62-14. Sophomore RB Drew AcArtor ran for 256 yards and four TDs in the first half and also caught a 32-yard TD pass. This week LV will make the long journey (149 miles) to East Liverpool (8-2) for a Region 11 quarterfinal on Saturday.
4. Heath (9-1)
The Bulldogs racked up 610 yards of offense, including 554 on the ground, in a 56-13 win over Lakewood. Kameron Herring (133 yards), Donyelle Simpson (111 yards, two TDs) and Cole Benner (80 yards, TD) all did damage. This week Heath will host Albany Alexander (8-2) in a Region 15 quarterfinal.
5. DeSales (5-5)
A 35-17 win over Cleveland Benedictine was enough to propel the Stallions into the playoffs for the 17th straight time. QB Nick Gentile scored three TDs in the win and RB Warren Ball added two. This week the Stallions face archrival Watterson (8-1) for the third straight season in the playoffs in a Region 10 quarterfinal. Watterson just beat the Stallions 31-7 in Week 8.
The Next Five
Sparta Highland (8-2)
1. Fredericktown (10-0)*
The Freddies entered this season with a new QB, a new RB and a new head coach, but the results turned out the same. Fredericktown notched its second straight 10-0 regular season and defended its NBC4/JJHuddle D-V/VI Central Ohio Power Poll title with a 40-14 win over Loudonville. Six different players accounted for the Freddies’ TDs. Now Fredericktown will focus on the Region 19 postseason opener Saturday and their first round opponent – Woodsfield Monroe Central (8-2).
2. North Union (10-0)
The Wildcats posted the second undefeated season in school history and the second straight with a 79-26 win over Ridgedale. North Union led 58-14 at halftime. Travis Laird ran for two TDs, caught a TD pass and returned a kickoff for a TD as the Wildcats racked up 594 yards of offense. North Union is the No. 1 seed in Region 20 and will host Hamilton Badin (5-5) on Saturday in the regional quarterfinals.
3. West Jefferson (10-0)
The Rough Riders capped their first undefeated season since 2007 by beating Liberty Union 20-13. QB D.J. Gray accounted for all three TDs (threw for two, ran for the other). West Jeff hosts Cincinnati Summit Country Day (7-3) Saturday in a Region 20 quarterfinal.
4. Newark Catholic (7-3)
The Green Wave enter the Region 23 playoffs having lost two of their last three games including a 21-0 shutout at the hands of Granville in Week 10. In that game NC mustered less than 100 yards of total offense. Regardless, the Green Wave are making their state-best 31st postseason appearance. They open by hosting Fairfield Christian Academy (9-0) in a quarterfinal on Friday.
5. Fairfield Christian Academy (9-0)
Kenny Johnson ran for four TDs and 142 yards on 16 carries and Luke Johnson accounted for four TDs (threw for two, ran for two) as the Knights beat Grove City Christian 56-20. Now FCA readies for the first playoff trip in school history. The Knights travel to Newark Catholic (7-3) on Friday for a Region 23 quarterfinal.
The Next Five
Milford Center Fairbanks (8-2)
Harvest Prep (6-4)
Columbus Academy (5-5)
Liberty Union (6-4)