For the second consecutive week, there is a major shift in the Super 7 poll. Hilliard Bradley has taken over the top spot, moving up from No. 2 after Dublin Coffman’s loss to Olentangy. The Jaguars earned 10 first-place votes. Pickerington Central, which was No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first two weeks of the regular season, earned one first-place vote and is at No. 3 behind Olentangy Orange. The Pioneers join the Jaguars as the only unbeaten Division I teams in the area and move up from No. 4.
Coffman tumbled out of the poll as did No. 6 DeSales, which suffered its first loss, and No. 7 Hartley. The Hawks winning but still dropping out is likely a testament to the strength and balance of the area teams as we head to the midway point of the season. Joining the poll are Olentangy and Gahanna, which are tied for fifth, and Reynoldsburg at No. 7.
Below is the poll as selected by ThisWeekSPORTS.com writers. A unanimous selection is 77 points:
1. Hilliard Bradley (4-0), 75 points, 10 first-place votes. Last game: Defeated Hilliard Darby 21-7. Next game: Friday vs. Thomas Worthington. Last week: No. 2
2. Olentangy Orange (4-0), 59 points. Last game: Def. Big Walnut 35-10. Next game: Friday vs. Newark. Last week: No. 4
3. Pickerington Central (3-1), 56 points, one first-place vote: Last game: Def. Groveport 33-7. Next game: Friday vs. Upper Arlington. Last week: No. 3
4. Pickerington North (3-1), 49 points. Last game: Def. Westerville Central 42-3. Next game: Friday at Olentangy Liberty. Last week: No. 5
5, tie. Gahanna (3-1), 18 points. Last game: Def. New Albany 40-20. Next game: Friday at Dublin Coffman. Last week: Not ranked
5, tie. Olentangy (3-1), 18 points. Last game: Def. Dublin Coffman 31-14. Next game: Friday at Marysville. Last week: Not ranked
7. Reynoldsburg (3-1), 15 points. Last game: Def. Central Crossing 21-7. Next game: Friday at Westerville Central. Last week: Not ranked
Also receiving votes: Dublin Coffman 8, DeSales 7, Hartley 7, Walnut Ridge 2, Olentangy Liberty 1
Dropped out: No. 1 Dublin Coffman, No. 6 DeSales, No. 7 Hartley