Copley retains climbing soccer Prime 25; Mayfield in after most on bye

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bye weeks for many of the space’s prime highschool soccer groups outdoors of Division I led to little motion on this week’s Prime 25.

There are seven ranked groups from Division I, all incomes victories of their Area 1 first-round video games, together with Stow’s 45-14 win towards Cleveland Heights, which dropped out since final week’s rankings.

Copley continues its rise with a signature 10-7 win Friday at Aurora throughout a regular-season Suburban League matchup earlier than each start the Division III playoffs this week. The Indians are certainly one of eight groups to maneuver up due to their win vs. the Greenmen.

Mayfield additionally jumped again into the Prime 25 after a powerful first-round win towards Kenmore-Garfield.

In all 14 ranked groups didn’t play final week with first-round byes within the playoffs. In consequence, the highest 14 groups within the space stay regular.

The Prime 25 will proceed this yr via October because the expanded playoffs progress. Right here’s how the world stacks up, no matter division or area:

1. Archbishop Hoban (5-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 1, idle

This week: Friday vs. Kent Roosevelt

The thin: Hoban has performed twice within the final 4 weeks due to final week’s bye and an open date three weeks earlier than that. Nevertheless, many of the prime seeds in Division II via D-VII didn’t have a recreation final week.

2. St. Edward (6-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 2, beat Canton GlenOak 42-0

This week: Friday vs. Medina

The thin: Senior Malachi Watkins and junior Daniel Enovitch every rushed for greater than 100 yards and mixed for 5 touchdowns, because the Eagles gained 321 yards on the bottom. Subsequent up is a Medina workforce they eradicated final yr in a 73-38 shootout. With the best way St. Edward is operating the soccer throughout its five-game successful streak, the tempo is prone to sluggish this time.

3. Mentor (6-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 3, beat Shaker Heights 69-13

This week: Friday vs. Stow

The thin: The Cardinals picked aside former Larger Cleveland Convention member Shaker and now play host to a Stow program that final paid a go to to Jerome T. Osborne Stadium in 2017 to open the Division I playoffs that yr. Mentor wound up within the state championship recreation.

4. Avon (6-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 4, idle

This week: Friday vs. North Olmsted

The thin: Avon’s pursuit of a fourth straight Area 6 title in Division II begins towards a North Olmsted workforce it beat, 42-14, 4 weeks in the past.

5. Avon Lake (5-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 5, idle

This week: Friday vs. Wadsworth

The thin: The Shoremen rested up their protection, which gave up simply 10 factors of their final 4 video games, for a high-octane Wadsworth offense. Regardless of the Grizzlies’ 2-4 report, they’ve scored a minimum of 30 factors in every recreation.

6. Hudson (6-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 6, idle

This week: Friday vs. Bedford

The thin: Hudson is the third seed in Division II, Area 5, due to wins at Brecksville and Wadsworth. The Explorers have arguably the world’s most effective offense, led by senior quarterback Jacob Paltani, who has thrown for 1,075 yards and rushed for one more 518 yards with 14 whole TDs. They’re averaging 48.6 factors per recreation.

7. Chardon (6-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 7, idle

This week: Friday vs. Warren Howland

The thin: Chardon is the highest seed in Division III, Area 9 and faces a Howland workforce coming off a 27-0 shutout of Buchtel within the first spherical. The Hilltoppers’ protection has been as stingy as any, giving up multiple rating solely as soon as this season.

8. Kirtland (5-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 8, idle

This week: Saturday vs. Manchester

The thin: A two-week break ends for the Hornets, who couldn’t discover a Week 6 opponent and commenced the Division V, Area 17 playoffs on a first-round bye. Kirtland’s subsequent win will probably be No. 200 for coach Tiger LaVerde.

9. Brecksville (5-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 9, idle

This week: Friday vs. Oregon Clay

The thin: Clay received its first playoff recreation in class historical past by gorgeous Valley Forge with an 80-yard drive within the final 1:31 at Byers Discipline. Brecksville seeks its first playoff victory since 2013, when the Eagles go to for a Division II, Area 6 second-round recreation.

10. Streetsboro (6-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 10, idle

This week: Friday vs. Niles McKinley

The thin: The Rockets have been revved up all season, seeking to construct on final yr’s Division III playoff run. Their probability in Area 9 begins because the second seed.

11. St. Ignatius (2-3)

Final week: Ranked No. 11, beat Solon 42-14

This week: Friday at Euclid

The thin: Whereas Marty Lenehan is establishing himself within the run recreation with 171 yards speeding and three TDs final week, junior quarterback Joe Pfaff took over at quarterback and threw for 184 yards on 10-of-16 passes with two TD passes and a speeding rating. The Wildcats’ three losses are towards St. Edward, Massillon and Cincinnati St. Xavier, who’re a mixed 16-4.

12. Euclid (5-2)

Final week: Ranked No. 12, beat Elyria 21-0

This week: Friday vs. St. Ignatius

The thin: Whereas St. Ignatius’ offense seems in sync, it took Euclid a half earlier than rolling with its operating recreation towards Elyria. Javyon Colvin and Savion Jones picked up the tempo for the Panthers within the third and fourth quarters, however they may want extra towards the Wildcats. Euclid final met St. Ignatius in Week 3 of the 2018 season and misplaced at house, 21-6.

13. Stow (5-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 13, beat Cleveland Heights 45-14

This week: Friday at Mentor

The thin: With 31 unanswered factors, Stow’s protection bounced again from the earlier week’s efficiency in a 53-47 win at Nordonia. “Defensively, they’ve been enjoying nice all yr,” coach Tom Phillips stated. “I do know final week we gave up … whoo … some factors there, however they run to the ball and I’ve obtained religion in them.”

14. Brunswick (4-2)

Final week: Ranked No. 14, beat Massillon Jackson 42-28

This week: Friday at Canton McKinley

The thin: Brunswick received an emotional recreation after studying of the dying of former coach Tom Fasko, honoring him with this system’s first playoff victory since 2008. Fasko, who guided the Blue Devils to a state ultimate look in 1995, returned with coach Mark Pinzone’s employees and instructed tight ends and linebackers.

15. Olmsted Falls (4-2)

Final week: Ranked No. 16, idle

This week: Friday vs. North Royalton

The thin: North Royalton’s 48-45 upset at Amherst spoiled a Southwestern Convention rematch in Area 6 for the Bulldogs, who beat Amherst, 56-35, three weeks in the past. They are going to have had two weeks to shake a 38-3 loss at Avon Lake.

16. Benedictine (2-4)

Final week: Ranked No. 17, idle

This week: Friday vs. Willoughby South

The thin: Benedictine’s first-round bye in Division II, Area 5 got here with the fourth seed, which coaches gave the Bengals after spectacular highway wins at Warren Harding and St. Vincent-St. Mary. They need to shake a four-game dropping streak, nonetheless, that got here towards Hoban, Massillon, Austintown-Fitch and St. Edward. These 4 groups are a mixed 22-2.

17. St. Vincent-St. Mary (4-2)

Final week: Ranked No. 18, beat Akron Springfield 68-0

This week: Friday vs. West Geauga

The thin: 4 gamers — Josh Nickerson, Ali Haynes, D’Anthony Kelker and Antenio Louis — rushed for a minimum of 70 yards and mixed for eight TDs in STVM’s first-round playoff win.

18. Medina (4-3)

Final week: Ranked No. 19, beat Strongsville 37-7

This week: Friday at St. Edward

The thin: Medina received its first house playoff recreation, beating Strongsville in a rematch from their Larger Cleveland Convention encounter 4 weeks earlier. The Bees’ reward is a visit to Lakewood towards St. Edward, which eradicated them final yr in that shootout.

19. Riverside (5-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 20, idle

This week: Friday vs. Youngstown Boardman

The thin: Boardman superior with a 49-0 win final week towards Cuyahoga Falls. The Beavers needs to be rested for the Spartans after a Week 6 shutout of Eastlake North. Takeaway Riverside’s 35-7 loss to Chardon, and it has given up simply 21 factors all yr.

20. Walsh Jesuit (4-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 21, idle

This week: Friday vs. Garfield Heights

The thin: Garfield Heights pulled one of many massive first-round upsets Friday in Division II, Area 5 with a 13-7 win at Eastlake North. The Bulldogs will convey a 1-5 report to Walsh Jesuit, which hasn’t performed since Thursday, Oct. 1 towards Hoban.

21. Copley (6-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 24, received at Aurora 10-7

This week: Friday at Norwalk

The thin: Senior security Darryl Pringle denied Aurora the comeback after Copley constructed a 10-0 lead of their Suburban League tuneup earlier than each start the Division III playoffs. Copley is the tenth seed in Area 10, principally as a result of all however certainly one of its regular-season victories got here towards winless opponents on the time of voting. The efficiency by coach Jake Parsons’ squad at Aurora proved Copley is healthier than its resume.

22. Aurora (5-2)

Final week: Ranked No. 15, misplaced to Copley 10-7

This week: Friday vs. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

The thin: It’s unlikely Aurora and Copley get a rematch within the playoffs except each advance to the state semifinals. The Greenmen are the fifth seed in Area 9.

23. Perry (5-1)

Final week: Ranked No. 22, idle

This week: Saturday vs. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

The thin: Coach Matt Rosati introduced final week to his gamers that this will probably be his ultimate season as coach at Perry. The Pirates come off the bye able to face CVCA for a 3rd straight yr within the playoffs, following CVCA’s 55-21 win vs. Ashtabula Edgewood.

24. Mayfield (4-1)

Final week: Not ranked, beat Kenmore-Garfield 51-6

This week: Friday vs. Nordonia

The thin: No bye? No downside. Mayfield constructed a large enough result in set the operating clock in movement to start out the third quarter in its Division II, Area 5 playoff opener. The Wildcats have been dominant in each recreation, apart from a 35-21 loss to Division III powerhouse Chardon.

25. Keystone (6-0)

Final week: Ranked No. 25, idle

This week: Saturday vs. Milan Edison

The thin: Keystone is the fourth seed in Division IV, Area 14 and performs Edison after the Chargers turned away Bellville Clear Fork, 35-28.


Cleveland Heights (4-2, was No. 23)


Buckeye (4-1), Garrettsville Garfield (6-0), Holy Identify (4-1), Maple Heights (5-2), Wickliffe (6-0)

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