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Poll. Who is it? Steubenville? Alter? SVSM? Mooney?…Here’s how the Week 6
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& JJHuddle Division III Power Poll: Week 6
1. Steubenville (5-0)
There are about five teams that could be No. 1 in D-III, but this week we give the nod to Steubenville. Big Red beat Youngstown Ursuline 22-17 at Stambaugh Stadium thanks in part to senior RB JoJo Pierro who rushed for 117 yards and two TDs. Steubenville was outgained 240-225 in total yards but held a 10-minute advantage in time of possession. This week Steubenville hosts East Liverpool (0-5).
2. Kettering Alter (5-0)
Led by junior QB Malik Zaire (ran for three TDs), the Knights beat Hamilton Badin 23-7. This week Alter hosts McNicholas (1-4).
3. Akron SVSM (5-0)
Despite trailing Akron Hoban 7-3 at halftime, the Irish rallied for a 17-14 win in the 35th rendition of Akron’s Holy War at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. SVSM used its ground game to battle back and command a 269-116 advantage in total yards. This week the Irish host Akron Garfield (1-4).
4. Mentor Lake Catholic (4-1)
The Cougars stay at No. 1 lasted one week thanks to a 14-12 loss to Walsh Jesuit. MLC had an extra-point blocked and then failed to convert the 2-point attempt after their next score. This week another stiff challenge awaits with a trip to No. 6 Benedictine (5-0).
5. Youngstown Mooney (3-2)
The Cardinals led 14-3 at halftime and then rallied from a 16-14 deficit to post an impressive 21-16 win over Red Lion Christian Academy (Del.). Mooney, which had 318 yards of offense, was led by RB Roosevelt Griffin who ran for 104 yards on 18 carries.
6. Cleveland Benedictine (5-0)
The Bengals rallied from a 12-0 deficit to beat Cleveland Central Catholic 42-18. QB Dan Piascik and TE Mike Roberts connected for two TD passes. This week Benedictine hosts No. 4 Mentor Lake Catholic (4-1).
7. Ravenna (4-1)
Led by senior RB D.J. Jones who surpassed 1,000-yards on the season with 200 on 32 carries, the Ravens beat Coventry 35-7. Next up is a trip to Akron Springfield (1-4).
8. Marlington (4-1)
Visiting Salem scored the first seven points but Marlington responded by scoring the next 42 in a 42-7 win. Senior QB Jesse Carpenter tossed three TD passes and senior RB Alden Hill ran for two scores. This week the Dukes travel to Carrollton (1-4).
9. Springfield Shawnee (5-0)
The Braves rushed for 333 yards, pounded out 21 first downs and improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1996 with a 35-13 win over Greenon. Junior RB Alex McCory rushed for 161 yards and three TDs, while senior QB Brad Jarzab rushed for 137. This week Shawnee hosts undefeated Kenton Ridge (5-0).
10. Jonathan Alder (5-0)
The Pioneers enter the Power Poll after beating London 41-7. K Nick Smith tied a school record with a 52-yard field goal and QB Nate Squires accounted for three TDs (threw for two, ran for one). This week a stiff test looms as Alder hosts Ironton (4-1).
DROPPED OUT: No. 10 Columbus Watterson (lost 28-3 to Cincinnati LaSalle)
OF THE REST: Chagrin Falls (5-0), Logan Elm (5-0), Minerva (5-0), Thornville Sheridan (5-0), Columbus Watterson (2-3), University School (4-1), Dover (4-1), Dayton Thurgood Marshall (4-1), Clyde (3-2), Columbus DeSales (2-3), Eaton (4-1)