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Power poll after week 7:

    1. Moeller - Solidified their number one ranking after thrashing Elder. They travel to Cleveland this week to take on an Ignatius team licking its wounds from the Holy War beatdown. Ignatius lost its starting QB to injury in the game, but the sophomore Woidke moved the sticks much better on the strength of his feet. Hard to imagine Ignatius keeps this one close. Maybe the bus ride slows Moeller down. 

    2. Lakota West - Handled a solid Mason team. Last big test of the regular season comes this week at Fairfield. 

    3. Hoban - Spotted St. Francis (NY) a touchdown lead before Lamar Sperling ran roughshod en route to a 42-15 win. Sperling and Marshall are my front runners for Mr. Football. 

    4. St. Edward - Maybe an overraction to jump them ahead of Massillon, but a St Edward team that doesn't self-inflict wounds like they did against the Tigers two weeks ago doesn't come close to losing that game. Most complete performance of the year from the Eagles, destroying an Ignatius team that had all the motivation in the world to send their iconic coach out with a victory. 

    5. Massillon - Struggled at times in defending Middletown (DE), but their superior offensive talent ultimately won out. 

    6. Springfield - Huge jump back into the top 10 after completely destroying a good Springboro team. Was the loss to Fairmont last week similar to the Miamisburg setback they had a year ago before they ran off 6 straight wins to reach the title game? If teams cannot generate a pass rush against Springfield then they are in big trouble against this receiving corp. 

    7. Winton Woods - Close win over a good Kings team. Had they destroyed Kings I probably would have given them a good bump, but the rest of their schedule is too weak to justify putting them over some of these D1 teams. 

    8. Elder - Got handled by Moeller, but this is still a very solid Elder team. Can't sleep on Bishop Roncalli this week who comes in at 7-0. 

    9. TCC - Beat up on Clay. Toledo Whitmer comes in this week at 5-2, but I fully expect TCC to handle them.

    10. Princeton - This may be too low a ranking for Princeton, but their only quality win is against Fairfield. LW handled them too easily. Should be heavy favorites in their remaining games.

    Others: Fairfield, Springboro, Centerville, Gahanna-Lincoln, Glenville, Avon, Medina, St. Ignatius, Cleveland Heights, Kings, Riverside, Wayne, Pick Central, Austintown-Fitch, Highland  

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Power poll after week 8:

    1. Moeller - Not their best effort on the road this past weekend against Ignatius in Cleveland, finally putting the game away with a TD in the final 2 minutes for the 25-10 victory. I expect a much more focused team this week playing at home against St. Edward. 

    2. Lakota West - Needed two OT's to put away Fairfield, but Fairfield is a pretty good team. I won't drop them for a close win on the road. 

    3. Hoban - Closer than expected win over rival St. Vincent St. Mary. SVSM has a pretty solid team this year, but I expected a bigger margin of victory. Sperling is a special back, but they may be a little too reliant on him. 

    4. St. Edward - Kind of a ho-hum win over Football North. The Canucks were massive in the trenches and had a couple nice skill players, but the Eagles did not look like the same team that dismantled Ignatius the week before. The run game was still dominant, but the pass game is still way too inconsistent and the defensive backfield continues to get exploited for big plays.  

    5. Springfield - Moving up once again after a convincing win over Centerville. Springfield is as talented as any team and looks to be refocused after the Fairmont loss. 

    6. Massillon - Easily dispatched of Canisius (NY). The Tigers will have a bye heading into the week 10 matchup with McKinley. Looking at Region 7, I'd be really surprised if anyone can keep the Tigers from a final four appearance. 

    7. Princeton - Giving them a bump as the Fairfield win looks even more impressive now. 

    8. Winton Woods - Less than impressive win over Milford. 

    9. TCC - Bit of a low start against Whitmer before pouring it on for an easy win. Game called in the 4th quarter when gun shots striated popping off in the parking lot. 

    10. Elder - Probably not fair to drop them after going on the road to knock off an undefeated Roncalli team, but their defense continues to get gashed in the run game. That typically doesn't bode well for playoff football in Ohio. 

    Others: Fairfield, Springboro, Gahanna-Lincoln, Glenville, Avon, Medina, Cleveland Heights, Centerville, Kings, Riverside, St. Ignatius, Austintown-Fitch, Pick Central, Fairmont, Chardon 

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Power Poll after week 9: 

    1. St. Edward (8-1) - Have to give the Eagles the nod this week after going on the road to beat Moeller in a throwback, slobber-knocker type of game. Not only did they win, but they kept one of the state's most explosive offenses out of the endzone for a shutout. This isn't a complete team by any stretch of the imagination, but they are built to win in November and December in Ohio. The perch atop the rankings could be short-lived with an equally physical Hoban team coming into town. 

    2. Moeller (8-1) - The body of work to date is too good to drop them much further IMO. Let's see how they respond this week against Detroit MLK and 5-star QB Dante Moore. They lost to MLK last year on the road after besting Ed's in overtime. If they can clean up the turnover problems we've seen the last two weeks, no reason to believe they can't right the ship and run the table to week 16. 

    3. Lakota West (9-0) - I wouldn't argue with anyone that thinks LW should be number one as the only undefeated D1 team remaining and a roster full of FBS prospects. They may be in that position after the dust settles this weekend. 

    4. Hoban (9-0) - The Knights will also be staking their claim as the best in Ohio as they visit St. Edward this weekend. They are one of the few (and perhaps only) lower division teams that can make that claim on a yearly basis. 

    5. Springfield (7-1) - Complete domination of Miamisburg this past weekend. They close out with a Northmont team that looked promising in the early going before dropping four in a row. 

    6. Massillon (7-1) - No reason they shouldn't dominate McKinley in the upcoming rivalry game. 

    7. Princeton (8-1) - I bumped them last week as I felt the Fairfield win looked very good, and then Fairfield turns around and gets smoked by Mason. The GMC pecking order will be sorted in this final week as Princeton welcomes in Mason. The Comets have been under my radar but, looking at their results, they have had a very solid season with their only losses to Gahanna-Lincoln (who looks like the best in R3 at the moment) and LW.

    8. Winton Woods (9-0) - The only thing standing in their way from another state semi-final will be Kings. 

    9. TCC (8-1) - Absolutely smoked what was supposed to be a halfway decent Fremont Ross team. The R6 playoffs will be some of the best in the state this year with TCC, Avon, Highland, and Olmsted Falls. 

    10. Elder (7-2) - Closer than expected margin of victory over Bishop Chatard. At the end of the day though, the Panthers have had a great season with their only losses coming at the hands of two of the best in the state. 

    Others: Gahanna-Lincoln, Glenville, Avon, Medina, Mason, Fairfield, Springboro, Centerville, St. Ignatius, Wayne, Kings, Austintown-Fitch, Riverside, Pick Central, Chardon 

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    1. St. Edward (9-1) - Convincing win over D2 #1 Hoban. The Knights are as big and talented as any of the top teams in D1, but some (including myself) questioned whether they had been to reliant on the legs of Lamar Sperling throughout the year.  The Eagles showed that may have been the case. Sperling was as good as advertised, but when Hoban fell behind and had to go to the air more frequently things fell apart. The St. Edward ground game continues to look like a force of nature. Only downside to this game was that Josh Gribble may be lost to a shoulder injury. Splitting carries with Bell most of the year, Gribble got the start as Ed's was planning on resting Bell. Hopefully the injury is not too serious and he can suit up later in the playoffs. 

    2. Moeller (9-1) - Solid win over Detroit King. I don't think King is as good as they were last year, but they still boast one of the best QB's in the country. On to the R4 gauntlet where a round 2 matchup against the Fairfield/X winner awaits. 

    3. Lakota West (10-0) - Finished off the regular season as the lone undefeated D1 team. When the offense is clicking and can compliment the loaded defense, there might not be a better team in the state. 

    4. Springfield (8-1) - Much like last year, a disappointing loss served as the catalyst to a dominating stretch run. Transfer QB Bryce Schondelmyer and his talented receiving corp have been nearly unstoppable for 4 weeks now. They are the clear R2 favorite but are on the difficult side of the bracket, potentially having to go through Wayne, Fairmont, and/or Centerville to reach the region final. 

    5. Massillon (8-1) - When the young signal caller Jalen Slaughter is in the zone, there is probably not a better offense in D2. The Tigers have big-play ability on the ground with Hartson and though the air with Banks.  R7 should be a cakewalk for them, but will they remain focused? Green played spoiler to their final four bid last year. 

    6. Hoban (9-1) - The Knights still have what it takes to win D2. Lamar Sperling is the best back in Ohio high school football this year (notice I didn't say best prospect, but time may prove that true as well). Despite his unimposing stature, the kid is just a beast with the ball in his hands. It takes multiple defenders to get him to the ground. Explodes through hole and seemingly never goes down on first contact. The ability to run the ball against stacked boxes will pay dividends in late November and December in Ohio. R5 will not be a cakewalk though. Could be the most competitive region in the entire Ohio playoff field, with Riverside, Fitch, Walsh and SVSM capable of playing spoiler. 

    7. Winton Woods (10-0) - The road to a repeat now starts. It's been a little tougher to gauge the relative strength of this team given their schedule. They are very talented, but didn't challenge themselves out-of-conference this year like the other D2 contenders did. They finish the season undefeated, but with close wins against Kings and Milford. Like Springfield, they are the clear favorite in their region, but didn't exactly get the best draw the way the seeds played out. La Salle is a shadow of the team they've been in recent years, but is still not the most ideal opening game if you're Winton Woods. Kings is also on their side of the bracket. 

    8. TCC (9-1) - The lone blemish is a 3-point loss to St. Edward in week one. They've been utterly dominant since then, but the competition has been poor. They will have to earn their way out of R6, which also has a claim to most competitive region with Avon, Highland, and Olmsted Falls.

    9. Elder (8-2) - Locked up the R4 2-seed with a convincing win over La Salle. Better initial draw than Moeller and should have no problem getting to the region semifinal. 

    10. Gahanna-Lincoln (9-1) - The class of Columbus this year, the Golden Lions have been really dominant down the stretch and make my final top 10. The only set back this year was in a 10-0 loss to a very good defensive Centerville team in week three. The week one win against Mason looks even better right now. Their offense struggled to score in the first half of the season, but has really found its stride now. Their defense is as good as any with FBS prospects Kamari Burns and Elijah King on the edges. 

    Others: Glenville, Avon, Medina, Mason, Centerville, Princeton, Fairfield, Springboro, St. Ignatius, Wayne, Kings, Austintown-Fitch, Riverside, Pick Central, Chardon, Highland 


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