TOP OF THE CROP
1: (1) Mentor 9-1 2: (2) Euclid 8-2 3: (3) Perry 10-0 4: (4) Brush 8-2 5: (5) Kirtland 10-0 6: (7) Kenston 8-2 7: (8) NDCL 8-2 8: (6) Benedictine 6-4 9: (NR) North 6-4 10: (NR) Mayfield 6-4
Dropped out: Chardon 6-4, University 7-3 Watch list: Chardon, University, Gilmour (6-4), Wickliffe (7-3)
Crop comments: Mentor is the Crop champ this year, with its 61-59 win over Euclid giving it the nod. With that offense, the Cardinals will be a tough “out” in the playoffs . ... Euclid stays at No. 2 this week. The Panthers’ only losses this year were to St. Ignatius and Mentor. The Panthers head into Week 11 with a lot of momentum . ... Perry just finished its second straight undefeated regular season. Division IV, Region 13 is absolutely loaded, but no one will be wanting to see the Pirates as a playoff opponent .. ... Brush wrapped up an undisputed WRC title in Week 10, and now turns its attention to the Division II playoffs. With Godwin Joe throwing to Markel Toney and Donovan Johnson, the Arcs are a dangerous team. ... Kirtland stays at No. 5 this week. The Hornets had their streak of five straight state final appearances snapped last season. They start their trek toward that goal on Friday night . ... Kenston moves up to No. 6. Even with an 8-2 record, the Bombers aren’t in the playoffs, but their only losses came to playoff-bound Brush and Mayfield . ... NDCL came up big-time in a regular-season ending win over Padua. The Lions head into the Division III playoffs with a lot of momentum . ... Benedictine lost to Hoban this past week, but the Knights are loaded. The Bengals’ four losses were to undefeated Hoban, undefeated Erie Cathedral Prep, 8-2 Padua and 5-5 Lake Catholic. Keep an eye on this team in the D-II playoffs . ... North made school history with a playoff-clinching win over Chardon. The coaching job Shawn Dodd and his staff did with an injury-depleted team will go down as one of the best in area history . ... Mayfield gets into the Crop at season’s end. Young QB Michael Huss is a name area football fans are going to want to remember for the next handful of years. The freshman is impressive.