COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Outside of Bishop Ready, the rest of Division II is a bit of a mixed bag. Every team has at least four losses, with the majority having six or more. We attempt to make sense of it all with our latest power rankings in D2.
1. Bishop Ready (14-0)
Last Week: No. 1 | 102 strength of record points | @ Eastmoor Academy (5), @ DeSales (9), vs. Berlin Hiland (7)
The Silver Knights are the leader of the pack in Division II. Ready has a busy week with three challenging matchups away from home. With 31 more strength of record points than the next closest team, Ready has all but secured a No. 1 seed in the upcoming district tournament.
2. River Valley (11-4)
Last Week: No. 3 | 56 strength of record points | @ Bloom-Carroll (7), vs. Pleasant (5)
River Valley is having one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Vikings have a lengthy road matchup at Bloom-Carroll on Tuesday, which will determine if this team is deserving of a top five seed or not.
3. Bishop Watterson (9-6)
Last Week: No. 2| 71 strength of record points | @ Hilliard Darby (7), vs. Gilmour Academy (8)
Watterson dropped a tough game to St. Charles on Friday but responded with a win over Jonathan Alder on Saturday. Two more challenging games lie ahead for an Eagles team that has not had an easy game all season.
4. Bexley (9-5)
Last Week: No. 5 | 35 strength of record points | vs. Hamilton Township (3), vs. Bloom-Carroll (6)
Bexley has hung around the top five all season long and picked up its best win of the year last week against Columbus Academy. They have the opportunity to get into double digit wins this week.
5. Bishop Hartley (9-5)
Last Week: No. 4 | 61 strength of record points | @ #4 (D1) Dublin Jerome (12), @ #14 (D1) St. Charles (11)
After a 7-0 start, Hartley has won just two of its last seven games. The road does not get any easier this week with two road games against top 15 Division I competition. Hartley will be battled tested by tournament time.
6. Johnstown (9-6)
Last Week: No. 7 | 42 strength of record points | vs. Licking Valley (4), vs. #9 (D3) Utica (7)
Johnstown has a big opportunity with two LCL games on deck this weekend. A home win against Utica would be good for their postseason resume.
7. Granville (9-6)
Last Week: No. 6 | 45 strength of record points | @ #9 (D3) Utica (8), @ Licking Heights (8)
Granville has bounced back from a tough start to the year in a major way. They can get into double digit wins and really strengthen their resume with both road matchups coming this week against quality competition.
8. Jonathan Alder (8-8)
Last Week: No. 10 | 44 strength of record points | vs. North Union (6), @ #10 London (8)
The Pioneers have been pretty average all season long and sit at .500 with two CBC games on tap this week. Friday's rivalry matchup against London has become a top 10 showdown with the Red Raiders' five game win streak.
9. Linden-McKinley (8-8)
Last Week: NR | 48 strength of record points | vs. Beechcroft (4), @ Whetstone (6)
Linden has won four-straight and finds itself back in the top 10. The only City League North team with a win over Northland, the Panthers still have an outside shot at tying things up in the division. They'll need to go 2-0 this week for that to happen.
10. London (7-8)
Last Week: NR | 46 strength of record points | vs. Benjamin Logan (3), vs. #8 Jonathan Alder (8)
London has bounced back from a disastrous start to the season and has greatly turned around its fortunes. With five-straight wins, the Red Raiders can remain red hot with two home games this week. A win over Alder would really help London's chances of landing a top 10 seed in the district tournament.