JJHuddle’s Division II Power Poll: Mentor Lake Catholic captures crown

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JJHuddle Power Poll Division II

A narrow 14-10 loss in Week 3 to Youngstown Ursuline is the only thing separating Mentor Lake Catholic from an undefeated season. The Cougars are the No. 1 team in the final JJHuddle Division II Power Poll. Click here to see who else is where…


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JJHUDDLE’S DIVISION II POWER POLL: FINAL RANKINGS

1. Mentor Lake Catholic (9-1)
Senior RB Richie Sanders set a school record for TDs in a game by rushing for six in the Cougars 59-8 win over Cleveland Central Catholic. Sanders scored all six TDs in the first half to eclipse the old record of five set by Carmen Ilacqua in 1992. Sanders had 158 yards on 20 carries and did not play in the second half. Lake Catholic host Kenston (8-2) in a Region 5 quarterfinal Friday.  Previous: 1

2. Maple Heights (10-0)
The Mustangs closed the season with a 45-14 win over Warrensville Heights. Skeptics point out that Heights has beaten only one team with a winning record this year, but it’s hard to pick against a team that features weapons like QB Shaq Washington and RB DeVonte Ransom. The Mustangs open postseason play on the road at Toledo Central Catholic (8-2). The Region 6 quarterfinal is a rematch from last year’s regional semifinal, which Heights won 27-13. Previous: 2

3. Winton Woods (9-1)
The Warriors escaped Glen Este’s upset bid by stuffing the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left and squeaking out a 21-20 win. Winton Woods, the defending D-II state champion, starts postseason play by hosting Dayton Carroll (7-3) in a Region 8 quarterfinal on Friday. Previous: 3

4. Avon (10-0)
The Eagles closed out the regular season with a 50-14 victory over Bay Village Bay. Senior LB Patrick Furnas helped fuel another outstanding defensive effort by recording three sacks and recovering a fumble. He also scored a TD on offense. Avon opens Region 6 postseason lay by hosting Sandusky (6-4) on Friday. Previous:
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5. Howland (10-0)
The Tigers capped a perfect regular season by beating Youngstown Chaney 35-7. Despite being unbeaten, Howland is the No. 6 seed in Region 5 and will open the playoffs on the road at Copley (9-1). Previous: 6

6. 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).  Previous: 7

7. 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. Previous: 8

8. Tallmadge (10-0)
The Blue Devils completed an unexpected undefeated regular season with a 35-32 win over Green. Last year Tallmadge went 2-8. The victory also secured the school’s first undefeated regular season since 2005 and its first outright Suburban League title since 2006. The Blue Devils host Kent Roosevelt (8-2) in a Region 5 quarterfinal on Friday. Previous: 10

9. Kings (9-1)
The Knights make their Power Poll debut after beating then-No. 5 Turpin 35-10. Sophomore RB Jamire Westbrook led the way, running for career highs in yards (231) and TDs (four) on 27 carries. This week Kings begins Region 8 postseason play by hosting New Carlisle Tecumseh (7-3) in a regional quarterfinal. Previous: NR

10. Ashland (8-2)
The Arrows re-enter the Power Poll just in time to make the final rankings. Senior QB Marcus Fuller, who has reached the 7,000-career yards and 70 career TD milestones this season, led the Arrows to a 41-13 win over Lexington in Week 10. This Friday Ashland hosts Aurora (8-2) in a Region 5 quarterfinal. Previous: NR

DROPPED OUT: No. 5 Turpin (lost 35-10 to Kings); No. 9 Toledo Central Catholic (lost 39-14 to Toledo St. John’s)

BEST OF THE REST: Toledo Central Catholic (8-2); Uniontown Lake (7-3); Turpin (9-1); Aurora (8-2); Canal Winchester (9-1); Copley (9-1); Zanesville (9-1); Trotwood-Madison (8-2); St. Charles (5-4); Walsh Jesuit (7-3)

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