The cream is finally starting to rise to the top in our Week 5 rankings as the 2012 regular season nears its midway point.
Winton Woods continues to rack up quality wins in their quest for a home playoff game. The newly formed SWOC has seen athletes and defense take center stage as the league has for programs in our top eight. Alter continues to be the only Division III school in the rankings, but that may be changing shortly with the recent play of teams like Goshen and Wyoming.
Here are the latest TriStateFootball.com Ohio DII-III Rankings:
1. Trotwood-Madison (2-2)
How they fared: The “Big Ram Machine” finally got it rolling in 55-6 whitewashing of Fairmont.
Looking Ahead: T-Mad will head south to take on West Carrollton (2-2), who is allowing 29 points per contest.
2. Turpin (4-0, 1-0)
How they fared: The well-conditioned Spartans prove one again that they are more than capable of handling big lines in win over rival Kings.
Looking Ahead: A road tilt at Glen Este (1-3, 0-1) should give Turpin a second win over a Division I school.
3. Alter (3-0, 1-0)
How they fared: Knights had no problems in taking out Roger Bacon, 44-6.
Looking Ahead: Alter gets their first look at Sheakley Center field on the University of Cincinnati campus where they will face Purcell Marian.
4. Northwest (4-0, 1-0)
How they fared: Defense makes the difference with three pick-six touchdowns in Northwest’s win over Ross.
Looking Ahead: Something has to give in this affair. The Knights average 45.7 points per contest and Wilmington yields just 15 points per outing.
5. Winton Woods (3-1)
How they fared: Another big win for Warriors and their Level 2 Harbin Points after knocking off previously unbeaten Bishop Watterson.
Looking Ahead: The ultra fast Marshall rushing attack invades Charlie Fredrick Stadium on Friday.
6. Mount Healthy (4-0, 1-0)
How they fared: Mount Healthy made it eight straight victories with win over Talawanda.
Looking Ahead: Harrison will have their hands full with the Owls’ defensive pressure.
7. Edgewood (4-0, 1-0)
How they fared: The Cougars continue to make it look easy as they run downhill to a road victory at Wilmington.
Looking Ahead: Playing at rival, Ross has the potential for upset city if Edgewood lets their guard down.
8. Wilmington (3-1, 0-1)
How they fared: Wilmington couldn’t stop Edgewood’s ground game as they let one slip away at home.
Looking Ahead: A road win at Northwest would do wonders for the Canes post-season hopes.
9. Franklin (4-0)
How they fared: The Wildcats’ offense is rounding into shape as they take care of business against Monroe.
Looking Ahead: There is no room for stumbling at Bellbrook if Franklin wants to host a playoff game for a second straight season.
10. Kings (1-3, 0-1)
How they fared: Poor tackling darkens the Knights day a little more in gut-wrenching loss to Turpin.
Looking Ahead: Loveland (3-1, 1-0) will have no problem playing smash-mouth football with Kings on Friday night.
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