TOP OF THE CROP

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - — John Kampf

Foot­ball

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.

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