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& JJHuddle Division III Power Poll: Week 9
1. Steubenville (8-0, R11)
The Big Red beat Buffalo St. Joseph’s for the 11th straight time 49-26. Led by QB Marcus Prather, who threw for a career-high 293 yards and three TDs, Steubenville outscored St. Joe’s 27-6 in the second half to break open a close game. Senior RB JoJo Pierro had over 200 yards of offense, including an 85-yard TD catch. This week Steubenville faces a huge test at home against Massillon Washington (7-1).
2. Mentor Lake Catholic (7-1, R9)
Senior RB Evan Gormley ran for 122 yards and three TDs and junior QB Mark Baniewicz added 97 yards and a TD as the Cougars beat Padua Franciscan 48-26. This week MLC hosts Akron Hoban (1-7).
3. Youngstown Mooney (5-2, R11)
Junior RBs Marcus McWilson and Roosevelt Griffin each ran for two TDs as the Cardinals beat previously unbeaten Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 41-21. Mooney had 436 yards of offense. This week the Cardinals face archrival Ursuline (2-6).
4. Kettering Alter (8-0, R12)
Led by junior QB Malik Zaire, who got a scholarship offer from Ohio State this week, the Knights blew open a 14-10 game with 21 unanswered fourth quarter points in a 35-17 win over Fenwick. Zaire carried the ball 17 times for 96 yards and three TDs and completed 3-of-6 passes for 83 yards and another TD (71-yarder to Drew Gillis to open the fourth quarter). This week Alter travels to Roger Bacon (3-5).
5. Akron SVSM (7-1, R9)
The Irish lost senior QB Kevin Besser in the third quarter (knee injury) and fell behind 34-7 en route to losing to Youngstown Mooney (41-21) for the 19th time in the last 20 meetings. Sophomore Aaron Bushner replaced Besser and completed 10-of-15 passes for 100 yards. He led SVSM on its lone touchdown drive. The Irish host Akron Buchtel (5-3) this week.
6. Ravenna (7-1, R9)
The Ravens beat Norton 40-12. Senior RB D.J. Jones carried the ball 30 times for 267 yards and three TDs to lead a Ravenna offense that ran for 362 yards. The Ravens host Streetsboro (5-3) this week.
7. Jonathan Alder (8-0, R12)
The Pioneers held host Logan to 125 total yards in a 42-0 shutout win. QB Nate Squires led the offense by throwing for two TDs and running for another. JA hosts Marion Harding (3-5) this week.
8. Springfield Shawnee (8-0, R12)
The Braves racked up 545 yards of offense and 21 first downs in a 55-0 win over Bellefontaine. Nine Shawnee backs combined to rush for 383 yards and six TDs on 54 carries. Five players had over 40 yards each. This week the Braves host winless Stebbins (0-8).
9. Chagrin Falls (8-0, R9)
The Tigers shutout West Geauga (17-0) for the third time in four years and won for the fifth straight time in the rivalry. Next up is a trip to Pepper Pike Orange (6-2).
10. Dover (7-1, R11)
The Tornadoes beat Cambridge (31-24) for the fifth straight time and won their 32nd straight East Central Ohio League game. Senior QB Derik Swinderman completed 17-of-30 passes for 296 yards and three TDs. Three WRs had 59 yards or more. This week Dover travels to Marietta (2-6).
DROPPED OUT: None
OF THE REST: Minerva (8-0), Dayton Thurgood Marshall (7-1), Logan Elm (8-0), Columbus DeSales (4-3), Columbus Eastmoor (7-1), Marlington (6-2), Cleveland Benedictine (6-2), Thornville Sheridan (8-0), University School (7-1), Clyde (6-2)