JJHuddle’s Division III Power Poll: Watterson caps crazy season as No. 1

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JJHUDDLE’S DIVISION III POWER POLL: FINAL RANKINGS

1. Watterson (8-1)
The Eagles end the regular season in the top spot and deservedly so. Watterson 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. Previous: 1

2. Marlington (10-0)
The Dukes completed the school’s first undefeated season in history with a 36-7 win over West Branch that also clinched the outright Northeastern Buckeye Conference title. The Dukes host Minerva (8-2) in a Region 11 quarterfinal on Saturday. Previous: 2

3. Wyoming (9-1)
The Cowboys won their eighth straight game and captured their second straight Cincinnati Hills League title with a 41-6 win over Indian Hill. Senior QB Kyle Seyfried completed 16-of-23 passes for 324 yards and five TDs. WR Jonathon Tighe caught seven passes for 196 yards and three TDs. The Cowboys open postseason play on the road Saturday against Roger Bacon (7-3) in a Region 12 quarterfinal. Previous: 3

4. Steubenville (8-2)
Big Red remained unbeaten against out-of-state competition with a 36-0 shutout of Cardinal O’Hara (N.Y.). This week Steubenville tries to win its first game against an Ohio team this season as they it plays its ninth game at Harding Stadium this year. Steubenville hosts Dover (8-2) in a Region 11 quarterfinal on Saturday. Previous: 4

5. Youngstown Mooney (5-4)
The Cardinals closed the regular season with back-to-back 44-7 losses to Youngstown Ursuline and Cincinnati Moeller. Their other losses are to St. Edward and Columbus DeSales. That type of schedule should bode well this week as the playoffs begin. Mooney opens the Region 9 postseason Saturday at Mogadore Field (7-3) in a quarterfinal.  Previous: 5

6. Eaton (10-0)
Junior RB Nate Clark ran for four TDs as the Eagles blasted Preble County rival Preble Shawnee 48-7. Eaton hosts Jackson (9-1) in a Region 12 quarterfinal Saturday that the Ironmen are going to have to drive 130 miles to get to. Previous: 6

7. 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. Previous: 7

8. Tiffin Columbian (9-1)
The Tornados won their ninth straight game and beat Fostoria 47-7 to close out the regular season. Columbian will host Columbus Eastmoor (6-3) in a Region 10 quarterfinal Saturday. Previous: 8

9. Springfield Shawnee (9-1)
The Braves won their ninth straight game and notched their second shutout of the season with a 47-0 win over Stebbins. Shawnee hosts Washington Court House (8-2) in a Region 12 quarterfinal on Saturday. Previous: 9

10. Thornville Sheridan (10-0)
Led by QB C. J. Myers, the Generals earned head coach Paul Culver a record 200th Muskingum Valley League victory with a 49-7 win over New Lexington. Myers threw for 237 yards and two TDs and ran for 139 yards and three TDs as part of an offense that racked up 521 total yards. The victory wrapped up Sheridan’s second 10-0 regular season in three years as well. The Generals host Salem (8-2) in a Region 11 quarterfinal on Saturday. Previous:
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DROPPED OUT: None

BEST OF THE REST: Akron SVSM (6-4); McNicholas (8-2); Poland (7-3); Tippecanoe (9-1); Akron Buchtel (7-3); Eastmoor (6-3); Dover (8-2); Roger Bacon (7-3); Columbus DeSales (5-5); Minerva (8-2)

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