By Samuel Houseworth –
(8-31-20) One week down and did we get some surprises across the land of Ohio high school football. As a result, 3 new #1 teams in their respective divisions and countless surprises in the Projection Index top 25 in each division.
In D-I, St. Edward takes over the top spot after a nail biting win against Massillon, 24-23. Mentor switches to #2 after a competitive bout against Medina, who sits outside the D-I Top 25. Canton McKinley jumped 10 spots to #10, after a 30-0 domination of Massillon Jackson.
The biggest mover in D-II is St. John’s Jesuit, who took at 34-7 lead over Toledo St. Francis de Sales into halftime, finishing with a decisive 40-13 win in TRAC action. Along with jumping into the top 10 in D-II, the Titans have the 2nd best rating in the TRAC, trailing only Toledo Central Catholic, whom they face this coming Friday.
2 of the top 5 teams in D-III opened with losses this past weekend. Bishop Hartley and Aurora, creating chaos at the top of the division rankings. The top spot is currently held by idle Kenston, who opens their season at Madison this Friday. 4 teams, including Wapak and Mansfield Senior, fell out of the top 25 after opening losses.
The biggest jump in the state can be found in D-IV, where Northwest smoked Orrville, 42-7, this past Saturday. As a result, the Indians climbed 20 spots from #25 to #5 in this week’s D-IV rankings.
After being ranked outside the top 25 in D-V, Versailles pulled the biggest upset of the weekend, defending D-VI state champion Anna in MAC play. The Tigers now sit at #10 in the D-V rankings, hosting Delphos St. John’s as heavy favorites in Week 2.
With Anna’s 20-point loss, conference rival Coldwater takes over the #1 spot in D-VI. The Cavs come off a shutout win over county rival St. Henry. Coldwater will face #9 Minster this coming weekend, who themselves are coming off an upset defeat at the hands of New Bremen.
Speaking of New Bremen, they climbed 5 spots to #2 in D-VII after their shutout win against Minster. Unlike the other divisions, things appeared fairly predictable in D-VII, as the top 8 teams went a perfect 8-0 in Week 1.
To view entire Houseworth Rankings – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fWDXxOwkM0tHCwuvlDPEjCBjYFPY4BOKyoFrbCTvmwo/edit#gid=840168247
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Division III Rankings
Division IV Rankings
Division V Rankings
Division VI Rankings
Division VII Rankings