written by Samuel Houseworth
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It’s not the win that’s a shock, it’s the way in which St. Edward won that stunned the state of Ohio on Saturday. Their 47-7 win over then-No. 2 Mentor changed everything we know about football by the lake. QB Christian Ramos led the way with 295 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. All eyes will turn to Cincy where Princeton puts their perfect record on the line against Lakota West.
Despite it only being their first win of the season, Toledo Central Catholic will be in the state championship picture come November. Their 28-0 shutout of Olentangy Orange proves that. But this week, the best game in the state is probably for the Southwest Conference title as #4 Avon Lake heads to #3 Avon.
Some shuffling around the top of D-III, but Chardon remains #1, despite a scare from Ursuline. With the exception of Badin though, it appears that northeast Ohio will be home to the state champion in D-III once again.
Clinton-Massie has taken over the top spot in D-IV following a 44-0 domination of Fenwick. Van Wert, limited by a weak opening schedule, will get a chance to prove themselves this week against WBL rival Wapak.
While Kirtland has set up a nice home at the top of D-V, there is more competition this year as opposed to 2020. Ridgewood, Versailles, Ironton, South Range, and Otsego are all in the state championship conversation, making D-V one of the most balanced divisions in the state.
It’s time to take Archbold seriously in D-VI. Coming into the season, the state title was Coldwater’s to lose, and it still is. But the Blue Streaks have dominated tough competition in the first three weeks, outscoring their opponents 112-28. They will have no issues getting out of Region 22.
If there’s a team to watch outside of west central Ohio, it’s undefeated Newark Catholic. The Greenwave have their biggest test of the season coming up in Fort Loramie on Saturday. If they can get by the Redskins, they should finish the season undefeated and be able to coast through Region 27.
Midwest Athletic Conference
Now that we are firmly in conference play, every game has statewide implications. But if we have to pick one, it’s Marion Local at St. Henry. If the Redskins can pull the upset as home underdogs, they will join New Bremen and LCC in the D-VII state title conversation.
Western Buckeye League
There’s only one game to talk about in the WBL and that’s the de facto conference championship between Wapak and Van Wert. The Cougars have had easy pickens in the early going, but that’s all about to change when they host the Redskins. St. Marys and O-G could very well decide the bronze medal on the conference.
I cannot understate the importance of Crestview at Allen East this week. Both teams are playoff bound, no doubt about that. The question becomes if they will get two games at home, one game at home, or no games at home. This contest will go a long way to deciding that.