The temperature is slowly dropping outside, which is fantastic. But on the gridiron, the competition is really beginning to heat up.
Remember, 16 teams in each region make the playoffs this season. So, truthfully, four wins should just about do the trick.
For some teams, they’re playing for a top four seed — and playing to host possibly two home games — while the race for those 14, 15, and 16 seeds are going to get chaotic.
But that’s the beauty of football season. It’s all about the chaos. Onto Week 7 we go.
Here are this week’s SOSA Power Rankings:
1. Ironton (5-1)
Previous ranking: 1 … —
Week 6 result: 56-7 win over Chesapeake
Another OVC opponent, another OVC win for the Fighting Tigers. It’s like clockwork for them right now since they’re back to being as healthy as possible. They’re anxiously awaiting that week 10 matchup with Portsmouth. But next up is a date with Rock Hill.
2. Piketon (6-0)
Previous ranking: 3 … +1
Week 6 result: 43-20 win over Piketon
For the time being, Piketon controls the top spot in Division V, Region 19 after a dominant performance over Paint Valley. It remains to be seen if the Redstreaks stay there as Ironton and Ridgewood still have some big games left. But Piketon is the clearcut head of the class in the SVC this season.
3. Waverly (6-0)
Previous ranking: 2 … -1
Week 6 result: 47-28 win over West
West gave Waverly all it could handle for three quarters, but a late turnover ultimately gave the Tigers all the momentum they needed to close the deal and remain undefeated on the season. That’s now 13 straight regular season wins, which is an area high. Next up is Valley.
4. Jackson (4-2)
Previous ranking: 4 … —
Week 6 result: 42-0 win over Hillsboro
A lot less chaotic than playing an overtime thriller, though it did take the Ironmen a quarter to figure some things out. Then it was off to the races as they picked apart Hillsboro. Also, Eli Broermann is coming on strong and showing to be a name to remember. Now McClain comes to town.
5. Portsmouth (5-1)
Previous ranking: 5 … —
Week 6 result: 42-20 win over Coal Grove
In case no one has noticed, Division V, Region 19 is loaded. But we can dive into that later. Portsmouth didn’t struggle too much against Coal Grove, continuing its momentum and rebounding strongly from last week’s letdown. The train should continue rolling right along against Chesapeake.
6. Teays Valley (6-0)
Previous ranking: 6 … —
Week 6 result: 33-0 win over Hamilton Township
It’s not too late to buy stock in Teays Valley, but time is running out. The Vikings are playing smash mouth football, taking teams to the woodshed and putting the MSL on notice that they are for real. Although their two toughest opponents are coming up, first is a date with Circleville.
7. Wheelersburg (3-3)
Previous ranking: 8 … +1
Week 6 result: 24-20 win over Minford
As said last week, Minford always gives Wheelersburg all it can handle and then a little bit more. But even that wasn’t enough as the Pirates escaped with a last minute touchdown and the win. Maybe that was exactly what they needed to get some confidence back. Momentum should continue against Oak Hill.
8. Zane Trace (4-2)
Previous ranking: N/A
Week 6 result: 49-12 win over Westfal
Somewhat quietly, the Pioneers have put together a season that should have fans excited. Despite the fact they’ve lost two games by just five points, they’ve also been wiping the floor with teams aside from a nail-biter against Vinton County. Keep an eye on this team. Now comes the rivalry with Unioto.
9. Washington (3-2)
Previous ranking: N/A
Week 6 result: 27-21 win over McClain
Call it luck, call it strategy, call it whatever. But just remember to call it a win. This team has been figuring it out in the final minutes all season with all three of their wins coming in one possession games. Whatever gets the job done, Hail Marys or defensive stops. Now comes a tricky game against Chillicothe.
10. Symmes Valley (5-0)
Previous ranking: N/A
Week 6 result: 32-26 win over Huntington
Welcome to the show, Symmes Valley. The Vikings are right where they typically have found themselves at this point in the season, which is winning and blowing teams off the field. It got a stiff test down the stretch from Huntington, but passed with flying colors. Now comes SOC I action against Eastern before a potential undefeated showdown with East.