It’s been a remarkable year in Division IV and the final 10 teams in the Muscle Milk & JJHuddle D-IV Power Poll reflect that talent. Kenton claimed the poll title going wire-to-wire as Ohio’s No. 1 team. See who else finished where…
It’s been a remarkable year in Division IV and the final 10 teams in the Muscle Milk & JJHuddle D-IV Power Poll reflect that talent. Kenton claimed the poll title going wire-to-wire as Ohio’s No. 1 team. Here’s who else finished where…
& JJHuddle Division IV Power Poll: Final
1. Kenton (10-0, R14)
Senior QB Maty Mauk threw for 338 yards and five TDs and ran for 178 yards and two TDs as the Wildcats beat previously unbeaten Wapakoneta 52-32 for the Western Buckeye League championship. Kenton opens postseason play against Wellington (7-3) in the regional quarterfinals.
2. Columbus Hartley (9-0, R14)
The Hawks completed their first undefeated regular season in history with a 42-12 win over archrival Ready. Hartley begins defense of its state title this week against visiting North Union (9-1).
3. Pemberville Eastwood (10-0, R14)
The Eagles scored two TDs in the final four minutes (both by Zach Conkle) to beat Genoa (25-23) and snap the Comets 48-game regular season win streak. The win, which also gave Eastwood its first Northern Buckeye Conference title, snapped Genoa’s 32-game conference win streak and ended its five-year run as league champions. Eastwood opens postseason play against Ottawa-Glandorf (8-2).
4. Waynesville (10-0, R16)
The Spartans wrapped up their first unbeaten season since 1999 with a 45-7 win over Middletown Madison. Senior QB Luke Creditt threw for 153 yards and two TDs and ran for 75 yards and another TD as the Waynesville defense forced four turnovers and allowed just 148 yards. The Spartans host Milton-Union (8-2) in the regional quarterfinals. Waynesville beat Milton 49-21 in Week 9.
5. Johnstown-Monroe (10-0, R15)
The Johnnies notched their first undefeated regular season since 1979 with a 70-0 win over archrival Johnstown Northridge. Johnstown scored 56 first quarter points. Senior RB Ross Franklin went 88-yards for a TD on the first play from scrimmage and ended the game with five TDs (four running and one receiving) on seven touches. Franklin ends the regular season with a school record 2,404 yards rushing and 40 TDs. QB Matt Smith finished the regular season with over 1,000 yards rushing (1,013) and 18 total TDs. Johnstown hosts Indian Valley (7-3) in the regional quarterfinals.
6. Genoa (9-1, R14)
The Comets had their 48-game regular season win streak snapped when Pemberville Eastwood score twice in the final four minutes to eke out a 25-23 win. The loss also snapped Genoa’s 32-game Northern Buckeye Conference win streak and ended its five-year run as league champions. The Comets open postseason play against Huron (9-1).
7. Maderia (10-0, R16)
The Mustangs won their first outright league title in football ever (started playing in 1940) with a 49-21 win over Wyoming that delivered a Cincinnati Hills League championship. Senior RB Issac Rupe led the way by running for 174 yards and four TDs. Twice before Maderia had shared league football titles. The Mustangs open postseason play against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (7-3).
8. Chaminade Julienne (7-3, R16)
The Eagles lost 17-7 to archrival Kettering Alter. CJ fell behind 17-0 at the half and couldn’t battle back. The Eagles turned the ball over twice and converted just 3-of-10 third downs. This week CJ opens postseason play at Williamsport Westfall (8-2).
9. Creston Norwayne (9-1, R13)
The Bobcats earned the school’s first ever home playoff game with a remarkable 33-22 win over previously unbeaten Jeromesville Hillsdale. Despite missing two PATs and two short field goals, Norwayne scored two TDs in the final minute of the game to earn a share of the Wayne County Athletic League title. QB Adam Wallace threw a 10-yard TD pass to Mitch Knieriem with 50.5 seconds to go and DB Jon Maibacjh returned an interception 38 yards for another TD with 17.5 seconds left. The Bobcats open postseason play against Brookfield (9-1).
10. Clinton-Massie (8-2, R16)
The Falcons beat archrival East Clinton for the 10th straight time 21-7. EC’s lone TD marked the first time since 2007 that the Astros scored on Massie. The game however was in doubt until the Falcons scored two TDs in the final minutes. RB Bayle Wolf led Massie by running for 112 yards and two TDs on 26 carries. The Falcons open postseason play against North College Hill (8-2).
DROPPED OUT: None
OF THE REST: North Union (9-1), Ottawa-Glandorf (8-2), Coshocton (8-2), Amanda-Clearcreek (8-2), Ironton (6-4), Milton-Union (7-2), Girard (9-1), Fenwick (8-2), St. Clairsville (9-1), Orrville (7-3), Westfall (8-2), Martins Ferry (8-2)