From start to finish Youngstown Ursuline is the only team to own the top spot in the JJHuddle Division V Power Poll this year. The Irish were No. 1 in the preseason and remain there as we unveil our final poll. Who is No. 2? 3? Here's how the final rankings look...
1. Youngstown Ursuline (10-0) The Irish notched their second undefeated season in three years by beating Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 24-7. A dominating effort by senior and Mr. Football candidate Akise Teague, who had 323 yards of total offense and two TDs, highlighted the win. Ursuline begins its quest for a third straight state title by hosting North Lima South range (7-3) in a Region 17 quarterfinal Saturday. Previous: 1
2. Lima Central Catholic (9-1) For just the second time this year, the T-Birds allowed an opponent to reach double-figures. That opponent however – high octane and then D-VI No. 2 Ada – was held 34 points below its average. LCC claimed a Northwest Conference outright title by beating the Bulldogs 35-21. This Saturday the T-Birds open postseason play by hosting No. 9 and undefeated Tinora in a Region 18 quarterfinal. Previous: 2
4. Fredericktown (10-0) The Freddies entered this season with a new QB, a new RB and a new head coach, but the results turned out the same. Fredericktown notched its second straight 10-0 regular season with a 40-14 win over Loudonville. Six different players accounted for the Freddies’ TDs. Now Fredericktown will focus on the Region 19 postseason opener Saturday and their first round opponent – Woodsfield Monroe Central (8-2). Previous: 4
5. North Union (10-0) The Wildcats posted the second undefeated season in school history and the second straight with a 79-26 win over Ridgedale. North Union led 58-14 at halftime. Travis Laird ran for two TDs, caught a TD pass and returned a kickoff for a TD as the Wildcats racked up 594 yards of offense. North Union is the No. 1 seed in Region 20 and will host Hamilton Badin (5-5) on Saturday in the regional quarterfinals. Previous:
9. Defiance Tinora (10-0) The Rams finally had their consecutive shutout streak snapped at an amazing seven games in a 63-7 win over Edgerton. Regardless, Tinora has given up 25 points all season (allowed 18 points in a 37-18 win over Parkway in Week 2). The Rams open postseason play Saturday at No. 2 Lima Central Catholic (9-1) in a Region 18 quarterfinal. Previous: 9
DROPPED OUT: None KEEP AN EYE ON:
West Lafayette Ridgewood (10-0); Oak Hill (9-1); Coldwater (7-3); Collins Western Reserve (10-0); Patrick Henry (9-1); Jeromesville Hillsdale (9-1); Columbiana Crestview (9-1); Wheelersburg (8-2); Nelsonville-York (8-2); Hamilton Badin (5-5) ________________