MOUNT VERNON – If the playoffs began today, three Knox Morrow Athletic Conference schools would be in. Another would be one spot out.
The first edition of the OHSAA’s weekly football computer ratings came out on Tuesday. The ratings list the top 12 schools in each region (only the top eight qualify for the playoffs). They will be released every week until the final report on Sunday, October 28, when the playoff field is announced.
The computer ratings favor strength of schedule and wins over bigger schools, according to the OHSAA's website.
In Division IV Region 14, Highland (3-1) is ranked ninth in the first weekly computer ratings. The Fighting Scots are behind St. Marys Memorial (4-0), Kenton (3-1), Clear Fork (4-0), Pepper Pike Orange (4-0), Ontario (3-1), Huron (3-1), Bryan (3-1) and Shelby (3-1), ranked first to eighth, respectively.
Highland has won three straight after dropping its opener to Bloom Carroll (3-1), 44-22. The Scots have defeated Ontario by 31, River Valley by 33 and Danville by 23 in the last three weeks. Highland will face Centerburg (3-1) at home on Friday night.
In Division VI Region 23, Northmor (4-0) is ranked third. The Golden Knights come in behind Grandview Heights (4-0) and Beverly Fort Frye (3-0), which are first and second, respectively.
Northmor has taken care of business so far this season, recording double-digit wins all four weeks. The Golden Knights’ best win so far is over Lucas (3-1) in Week 3, 36-16. They’ve also beat Elgin (1-3), Worthington Christian (1-3) and Fredericktown (0-4). Northmor will host Danville (0-4) on Friday night.
In that same region, East Knox (4-0) placed fifth. The Bulldogs are less than a point away from the Golden Knights, and only Paint Valley (4-0) stands in between them.
East Knox has scored at least 50 points in all four of its games this season and has outscored opponents by an average of 52 points per game. The Bulldogs have beat West Muskingum (0-4), Utica (1-3), Strasburg-Franklin (1-3) and Mount Gilead (0-4). They will face Cardington-Lincoln (0-4) on the road on Friday night.
And rounding out Division VI Region 23, Centerburg (3-1) slid in at the eight-spot in this week’s ratings. The Trojans are three spots behind East Knox and five spots behind Northmor, with only Shadyside (3-1) and Chillicothe Southeastern (3-1) between them and the Bulldogs.
Centerburg has dominated Utica (1-3), Northridge-Johnstown (1-3) and Cardington-Lincoln (0-4) this season, although the Trojans lost their biggest game of the season thus far to Lucas (3-1), 42-14. They will face Highland (3-1) on the road on Friday night.
To see the complete ratings list heading into Week 5, click here.