sam house rankings

By Samuel Houseworth

This is the point in the season where I remind people that these ratings are forward facing and not a measure of how well a team has done so far this year. While the two metrics are related, there will be differences.

In D-I, the top 7 teams are practically interchangeable after Colerain’s last minute drive fell short against St. X in Cincinnati. Up north, St. Ignatius are in real danger of missing the postseason, given their remaining in-state schedule is as tough as they come.

D-II is home to the top team in the state. Hoban’s 49-0 win over Cardinal Mooney sees them leapfrog Colerain for the top spot across all divisions. But even so, TCC, Winton Woods, and Massillon have all looked solid in the early season.

The top of D-III is the most crowded in the state. Bishop Hartley takes over the top spot after destroying the 2017 D-V champion, Wheelersburg, 44-6. St Marys and Wapak both stay in the top 10 after Wapak pulled off an overtime win at home in their WBL opener.

Wyoming separated themselves from the D-IV pack with a convincing win over Taft, while Clear Fork fell to Granville. O-G leaps eight spots to #16 after thrashing Elida, 51-7. Staying in western Ohio, #7 Van Wert will get their first big test of the season as they host Wapak in their home opener.

The top 3 stay the same in D-V as Kirtland stands tall against Riverside. The Hornets will face their toughest test of the season at Geneva this Friday, a game in which they are favored to win by 3-4 TDs.

D-VI is still owned by the MAC, to nobody surprise. The only surprise is that Parkway appears in the top 25 after comfortable wins over Crestview and Spencerville. Nonetheless, a brutal MAC schedules sees their postseason odds hovering around 7%.

In D-VII, Marion Local is still the team to beat, but they may not be as invincible as previously thought. They were blown out by a good, but not great Bishop Watterson team, 31-7. This gives confidence to teams like Edgerton and McComb, who have been dominant in the early going.

MAC

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WBL

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