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1. St. Edward (#1, beat Good Counsel (MD) 28-7) - Sloppy first half with some really bad QB play from Bullock. First time we see how important having a guy like Regovich in the middle is. When Wisco commit Jones got past the first line of defense he was a nightmare for the secondary to bring down. The second half adjustments this staff has become known for once again paid off as the defense went for broke to stop the run and the offense imposed their will up front.   Next up the Eagles play host to Rock Creek Christian (MD). 

2. Hoban (#3, beat Cathedral Prep (PA) 44-12) - Not sure how good Prep was forecasted to be, but a blow out on the road always looks good. Last weeks opponent Frederick Douglass bounced back with a win over perennial KY power Trinity by a 17-14 margin, making the Knights blowout look even better. Next up is the defending large-school private champion out of Virginia, Trinity Episcopal. 

3. Massillon (#4, beat GlenOak 56-7) - Crushed GlenOak as expected, once again using both Owens and Slaughter at QB (although Owens got the start this time). The next few weeks should be tune-ups (and maybe picking a QB) before they play host to St. Edward. This week is Mansfield Senior. 

4. TCC (#6, beat Whitmer 35-8) - Handled an always solid Whitmer team. Really wish they remained in D2 this year where they'd join a very deep group of teams. They begin the Detroit Catholic League schedule this week hosting Detroit Catholic Central. 

5. Moeller (#5, beat Bishop Dwenger (IN) 57-0) - Not much to glean from this blowout. The early slate of Indiana teams continues as they take on East Central (2-0) this week, followed by Center Grove next week.  

6. Glenville (#7, beat Olentangy Liberty 34-10) - This was a much closer game last year and Glenville wanted to make a more definitive statement this time around. They did just that. Big game this week as they go on the road to take on a very good Avon team looking for revenge.   

7. St. Xavier (#10, beat Detroit King (MI) 44-8) - Offense came alive with a dominating win against King. This week will tell us more about the Bombers as they go on the road to take on the #2 ranked team in Tennessee per calpreps, McCallie. 

8. Springfield (#2, lost to Dematha (MD) 35-7) - Big drop for the Wildcats this week. Hard to say if the loss of their QB in the second quarter had that big of an impact or whether Dematha was going to win that game regardless.  It was 7-7 before the injury. Regardless, Springfield was supposed to have a pretty good defense this year and they could not keep the game close. Not sure how long the QB will be out, but they may have a tough time in a competitive GWOC this year without him.  On the road at Trotwood-Madison this week. 

9. Winton Woods (#8, beat Walnut Hills 48-0) - Not much to take away from blowing out a bad team. Another patsy awaits this week in West Clermont. 

10. Gahanna-Lincoln (others, beat Groveport Madison 34-3) - The Lions make their top 10 debut this week after Medina got whacked by Olentangy. The top dog in Columbus last year returns a very good corp of players and, I believe, had a few key additions via transfer (something that appears to be on the uptick in Columbus lately). I'm giving them a slight edge in a crowded R3 field that will have a number of contenders. They will host Olentangy Liberty this week.  

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1. St. Edward (#1, beat the "Bishop Sycamore of Maryland" aka Rock Creek Christian (MD) 42-14) -  Two defensive TD's, a kick return for a TD, and 3 offensive TD's en route to a running clock performance. Biggest concern right now is Bullock's penchant for INT's, of which he has 6 through 3 games. That needs to be cleaned up this week with the first long bus trip of the year to the Pit to take on Elder team that always looks to play spoiler to Ed's. @ Elder 

2. Hoban (#2, beat Trinity Episcopal (VA) 34-6) - Another resounding win for the Knights as their defense continues to suffocate its opponents. vs. Akron East 

3. Massillon (#3, beat Mansfield Senior 51-10) - One more tune-up game this week before the week 5 showdown with St. Edward. vs. Elkhart (IN) 

4. TCC (#4, beat DCC (MI) 42-21) - Could TCC be the second best team in the state again this year?  Maybe. Hard to see a loss coming on their schedule and I don't know that they will have a serious threat in D3. @ Brother Rice (MI)

5. Avon (beat Glenville 24-16) - Big jump this week for Avon after knocking off Glenville. It was a one score game but Avon was in control most of the outing. With no TCC in their way in R6 this year they should be in great position for a final 4 birth. @ Elyria 

6. Pick North (beat Upper Arlington 28-8) - Giving PN a big bump this week after a convincing win over UA, combined with two other nice wins against Elder and Pine-Richland. The battle of Pickerington is this week and this is a chance to show they have overtaken PC. vs. Pick Central

7. Glenville (#6, lost to Avon 24-16) - Can't drop the Tarblooders too much, but they will need much better QB play if they can hope to keep it within 3 scores of IMG in a few weeks. vs. John Adams    

8. Gahanna-Lincoln (#10, beat Olentangy Liberty 46-28) - The Lions trailed heading into the 4th quarter before exploding for 27 points in a comeback effort. vs. Reynoldsburg

9. Winton Woods (#9, beat West Clermont 21-13) - Much closer than expected game against West Clermont. If not for so many other teams losing, I probably would have dropped them. @ Turpin

10.  Princeton (beat Lakota East 30-16) - R4 four is wide open right now and Princeton looks to be the best of the bunch...at the moment. @ Mason

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Top games this week:

9/9 - St. Ed's (3-0) @ Elder (2-1) 

9/9 - Hoban (3-0) v. Akron East (3-0)

9/8 - Medina (2-1) @ Mentor (1-2) 

9/8 - Olmsted Falls (3-0) v. North Ridgeville (3-0)

9/8 - Ignatius (1-2) @ Fitch (2-1) 

9/8 - Centerville (2-1) v. Miamisburg (3-0)

9/8 - Dublin Coffman (2-1) v. Dublin Jerome (2-1)

9/8 - Wayne (2-1) v. Springfield (1-2)

9/8 - Pick North (3-0) v. Pick Central (2-1)

9/8 - Princeton (3-0) @ Mason (1-2)

9/8 - St. X (2-1) @ Withrow (3-0)

9/8 - Moeller (1-2) @ Center Grove (IN) (2-1) 

9/8 - Lakota West (1-2) v. Middletown (2-1)

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Top games this week:

#1 St. Edward (4-0) @ #3 Massillon (4-0)

#2 Hoban (4-0) @ St. Ignatius (1-3)

#4 TCC (4-0) v. De La Salle Collegiate (MI) (2-1)

#5 Avon (4-0) @ North Ridgeville (4-0) 

#7 Glenville (3-1) @ IMG Academy (FL) (3-0) 

#8 Gahanna-Lincoln (4-0) @ Pick Central (2-2)

#9 Princeton (4-0) v. Hamilton (3-1)

Mentor (2-2) @ Cleveland Heights (3-1)

St. X (3-1) v. Moeller (1-3) 

Elder (2-2) Louisville St. X (KY) (3-0)

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On 9/12/2023 at 4:57 PM, GardenStateBaller said:

Top games this week:

#1 St. Edward (4-0) 13 @ #3 Massillon (4-0) 15

#2 Hoban (4-0) 35 @ St. Ignatius (1-3) 0

#4 TCC (4-0) v. De La Salle Collegiate (MI) (2-1)

#5 Avon (4-0) 38 @ North Ridgeville (4-0)  7

#7 Glenville (3-1) 6 @ IMG Academy (FL) (3-0)  28

#8 Gahanna-Lincoln (4-0) 49 @ Pick Central (2-2)  14

#9 Princeton 22 (4-0) v. Hamilton (3-1) 16

Mentor (2-2) 13 @ Cleveland Heights (3-1)  14

St. X (3-1) 10 v. Moeller (1-3)  20

Elder (2-2) 31 v. Louisville St. X (KY) (3-0)  21

Updated scores above. 

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NationalHSFB.com Ohio Top 10:

1. Hoban (#2, beat Ignatius 35-0) - The best defense in the state made another statement in blanking the Wildcats. Yes, this Ignatius team is young and without it's best playmaker, but a shut out is still impressive.  Massillon might deserve this spot after their victory over St. Edward, but Hoban has had their number in recent years and I'm giving the Knights the nod. They are on a bye this week as their archrival St. Vincent St. Mary decided to drop the football series (what a bunch of cry babies BTW). Apparently they don't like the way Hoban "recruits" (which, ironically, is exactly how the SVSM hoops team has been run for decades). BYE

2. Massillon (#3, beat St. Edward 15-13) - For the second year in a row, Massillon played spoiler to the D1 giant. Probably not a spoiler this year though, as the odds makers actually had Massillon as the favorite in light of Ed's QB not playing. The game was close, and Ed's had their opportunities, but Massillon controlled the LOS on both sides throughout this game and rode the legs of Owens to victory. It's Canton or bust for the Tigers. They host two out-of-state opponents the next two weeks before going on the road for the first time this year in week 8. vs. Middletown (DE) on 9/22. 

3. St. Edward (#1, lost to Massillon 15-13) - Back to the drawing board after two weeks of subpar defensive play and one week of poor offensive line play. QB1 Bullock is out for at least the remainder of the regular season and perhaps beyond. A major portion of the St. Edward offense (the read option) will be to be revamped to cater to junior Thomas Csanyi's skill set. The good news is that he is a more natural passer than Bullock and the Eagles do have weapons at receiver in Sullivan, Mason (currently injured), Hackleman, and two solid TE's.  We'll really see Lombardo's play-calling chops put to the test. The quick fix needs to be on defense though, primarily at LB and safety, where misreads and missed tackles have abounded the last two weeks. The "softer" potion of the schedule the next few weeks should allow the staff to put the adjustments in place. vs. River Rouge (MI) on 9/23. 

4. TCC (#4, beat De La Salle (MI) 28-23) - Closer than expected game against Warren De La Salle (MI), but not enough to concern me at this point. TCC his host a reeling Ignatius team this weekend. vs. Ignatius on 9/22. 

5. Avon (#5, beat North Ridgeville 38-7) - Dismantled a North Ridgeville team that got off to a surprise 4-0 start. Avon is legit and a serious threat in a top-loaded D2. vs. Olmsted Falls on 9/22. 

6. Gahanna-Lincoln (#8, beat Pick Central 49-14) - The Golden Lions jump two spots with a thorough beating of Pick Central, who came off a close loss to PN. The reigning R3 champs could be primed for another run. They will have to avoid complacency the next few weeks with four opponents with a combined 6-14 record before a huge week 10 showdown with Pick North. vs. Westland on 9/22. 

7. Pick North (#6, beat Pick Central 39-34) - Like GL, North has a weak stretch of the schedule before week 10 where both schools should be undefeated and vying for the R3 one seed.  vs. Westerville Central on 9/22. 

8. Glenville (#7, lost to IMG 28-6) - The final score was not outrageous, but IMG controlled throughout and had their second team in later in the game (which is still probably better than Glenville's first team). The only litmus test that remains on the schedule now is a week 8 game against Hoban. vs. John Hay on 9/22. 

9. Elder (others, beat St. X (KY) 31-21) - Impressive road win over Kentucky's previously #1 rated team. Coupled with the two coin-flip games against Ed's and PN, the Panthers body of work is more impressive than Princeton or WW to date. No time to rest on their laurels with X and Moeller on deck. @ St. X on 9/22.  

10. Princeton (#9, beat Hamilton 22-16) - Princeton stays in my top 10 while WW falls out. Nothing against WW who dominated this week, but the Vikings have more quality wins to date. @ Oak Hills on 9/22. 

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