Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Week 3 GRC Power Poll

by Jeremy Benson,

Gallatin and Worth County maintained the top spots in this week's power poll.  Putnam County and Maysville both move up two spots from last week's poll.

11-Man Power Poll

1. Gallatin (3-0; 1-0 GRC; Last Week #1; Week 3 - d. South Harrison 46-6; Week 4 - vs. Polo) Gallatin did not start as fast against South Harrison as they did the previous week.  It took them three plays instead of one to score on the first drive.  But they were able to build a 39-0 lead by halftime.  The big lead gave Gallatin chance to run the clock and play JV winning 46-6. Payton Feiden has 4 touchdowns, 3 rushing and 1 receiving.

2. Trenton (3-0; 1-0 GRC; Last Week #2; Week 3 - d. Princeton 42-6; Week 4 - at Putnam County) A strong defense and rushing attack helped Trenton roll to a 42-6 win over Princeton.  The Bulldogs had rushing touchdowns from their talented trio of Gabe Novak, Colman Griffin and Sam Gibson in the first half to make it 20-6 at the half.  Gibson and Novak both are averaging over 100 yards rushing a game this season.

3. Putnam County (3-0; 1-0 GRC; Last Week #5; Week 3 - d. Milan 21-18; Week 4 - vs. Trenton) Putnam County won a slugfest between long-time rivals.  The Midgets got out to an early lead.  They were up 7-3 at the half, ultimately winning 21-18.  Trace Riediger had the big play of the night with a 60-yard touchdown run.  Blaine Perkins and Chase Tomlin have led a talented trio of running backs with both averaging over 100 yards rushing a game.

4. Maysville (2-1; 1-0 GRC ; Last Week #6; Week 3 - d. Polo 30-6; Week 4 - vs. South Harrison) Maysville dominated on the ground with over 300 yards rushing including 140 yards from Spencer Pliley and 103 from Kaleb Jestes.  They were able to stop the Polo offense allowing only 6 points.

5. Milan (1-2; 0-1 GRC; Last Week #3; Week 3 - lost to Putnam County 21-18; Week 4 - vs. Princeton) Milan was unable to overcome 4 turnovers (3 fumbles and an interception) and the loss of a couple of key players falling to Putnam County by 3. Darren DePorto had 97 yards rushing with a TD in the loss.

6. Polo (2-1; 0-1 GRC; Last Week #4; Week 3 - lost to Polo 30-6; Week 4 - at Gallatin) Polo was unable to overcome a slow start.  They fumbled on their second play and went 3 and out on their next two possessions.  Maysville was able to get out to a 22-0 lead, scoring on their first three drives.  Too many mistakes stopped Polo from getting any momentum going on offense falling 30-6.

7. South Harrison (0-3; 0-1 GRC; Last Week #7; Week 3 - lost to Gallatin 46-6; Week 4 - at Maysville) Gallatin's high-powered offense was just too much for South Harrison.  After falling behind 39-0 at halftime, they were able to play mostly even with Gallatin in the second half.

8. Princeton (0-3; 0-1 GRC; Last Week #8; Week 3 - lost to Trenton 42-6; Week 4 - at Milan) Justin Rhoades hit Talan Holt for a 70-yard TD pass in the 2nd quarter to cut the Trenton lead to 13-6, but the Bulldogs were too much for the Tigers.

8-Man Power Poll

1. Worth County (3-0; 1-0 GRC; Last Week #1; Week 3 - d. Bishop LeBlond 64-12; Week 4 - at Albany) Worth County continues to dominate with a big victory over Bishop LeBlond.  Levi Cassavaugh rushed for 272 yards in the victory.  The win is their 12th consecutive regular season win.  All but 2 of the wins have been by at least 28 points.  Their average margin of victory this season is 60 points.  

2. North Andrew (3-0; 2-0 GRC; Last Week #2; Week 3 - d. Pattonsburg 68-24; Week 4 - Idle) North Andrew pulled away in the 2nd quarter after Pattonsburg had cut the lead to 20-18.  Hayden Ecker had another strong rushing attack with 199 yards.  

3. Albany (3-0; 1-0 GRC; Last Week #3; Week 3 - d. Mound City 60-0; Week 4 - vs. Worth County) Albany dominated Mound City especially on defense.  They allowed only 30 yards in the first half.  Mound City had only 3 first downs in the game with the 2 of them coming on the final 2 plays.  The Warriors' defense has at least one interception and fumble recovery in each game.

4. King City (2-1; 1-1 GRC; Last Week #4; Week 3 - d. Stanberry 42-28; Week 4 - vs. Pattonsburg) King City was build on a 22-12 halftime lead en route to a 42-28 win over Stanberry.  Ty Mooney led the Wildkats with 215 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns.

5. Stanberry (1-2; 1-2 GRC; Last Week #5; Week 3 - lost to King City 42-28; Week 4 - at Knox County) Stanberry got behind 36-12 in the third quarter.  They tried to came back to cut the score to 36-28, but were not able to get any closer.  They lose a conference game for the second straight week.

6. Pattonsburg (1-2; 0-1 GRC; Last Week #6; Week 3 - lost to North Andrew 68-24; Week 4 - at King City) Pattonsburg was able to hang with North Andrew early.  It was 20-18 midway through the 2nd quarter.  Ultimately, they were unable to stop the Cardinals, falling 68-24.

7. St. Joseph Christian (0-3; 0-2 GRC; Last Week #7; Week 3 - lost to Santa Fe 70-58; Week 4 - vs. Bishop LeBlond) St. Joseph Christian had their highest point output in a game since 2017.  Their 58 points was more than they scored the entire 2019 and 2020 seasons.  Unfortunately 7 turnovers gave Santa Fe too many scoring opportunities, and the Lions defense was unable to keep them out of the end zone all night.

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