The most exciting thing about last week is that it has past. Week 5 promises to see plenty of shakeups in the rankings. Some teams are starting to weed themselves out amongst their peers and others are fighting for survival.
Those who sit just outside the rankings and ready to pounce on a chance to improve their post-season chances are LaSalle, Loveland, Centerville, Northmont and Lakota East.
One slip from a team above them and their will be some opportunistic suitors to replace those who falter. The Division I, Region 4 playoff picture is still very cloudy and doesn’t appear to be clearing up anytime soon.
Here are the latest TriStateFootball.com Ohio DI Rankings:
1. Moeller (4-0)
How they fared: A solid road win for the second time in three weeks as Moeller took down Louisville St. Xavier, 34-27.
Looking Ahead: GCL South play starts with a matchup at St. Xavier, who will play like they are desperate for a big win.
2. Colerain (4-0)
How they fared: The Cardinals defense posted its second shutout in three weeks as they smoked Princeton, 55-0.
Looking Ahead: Colerain is in a stretch of four away games in five weeks and Friday’s foe, Sycamore is the most dangerous threat on that list.
3. St. Xavier (2-2)
How they fared: Had highly ranked Trinity on the ropes in Louisville, but just couldn’t bring home an upset win for a second week in a row.
Looking Ahead: Beating undefeated Moeller is the signature win the Bombers are looking for.
4. Sycamore (4-0)
How they fared: Quarterback Greg Simpson set a career high in rushing yards for a third straight week as the Aviators won at Hamilton.
Looking Ahead: Sycamore gets their chance to prove they belong against the Cardinals this weekend.
5. Wayne (3-1)
How they fared: The offense showed big improvements in 66-12 Warriors win over Xenia.
Looking Ahead: Wayne will face their third Division II opponent of the season when Butler (2-2) invades Heidkamp Stadium.
6. Elder (2-2)
How they fared: St. Edward’s offense overwhelmed Elder right out of the gate and the Panthers could never recover in 42-28 loss.
Looking Ahead: It’s off to Indy to take on Bishop Chatard (4-1), who beat Elder in double overtime last year at The Pit.
7. Middletown (2-2)
How they fared: A nice bounce-back win for the Middies over Fairfield.
Looking Ahead: A road tilt at Lakota East (2-2, 1-0), another team clawing its way trying to make the post season.
8. Springboro (4-0)
How they fared: The Panthers took care of business as they went on the road and shutout Sidney, 49-0.
Looking Ahead: Another Division II, GWOC North foe in Piqua (2-2) coming to CareFlight Field.
9. Lakota West (4-0)
How they fared: Lakota West looked the part of a playoff team in taking down Mason, 30-13.
Looking Ahead: A trip to Fairfield (2-2, 0-1) sill see an angry Indians squad trying to knock the Firebirds off their perch.
10. Lebanon (3-1)
How they fared: The Warriors fell as they couldn’t stop the Centerville (2-2) ground game.
Looking Ahead: Lebanon needs to be wary of Fairmont (1-3), who has played a tough schedule.
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