The SEC, Pac-12 and Big Ten could take some lessons from the Ohio Cardinal Conference when it comes to competitive balance.
There are more teams tied for first in the eight-team high school league than aren't.
Sitting atop the standings at 2-1 are Orrville, Millersburg West Holmes, Ashland, Bellville Clear Fork and Mansfield Madison.
FOR THE DEFENSE: Hicksville limited Haviland Wayne Trace to two first downs, three yards rushing and 37 total yards in a 27-0 win; and in a matchup of top ten teams, Liberty-Benton (No. 6, Division V) used a 32-yard interception return by Dakota Conkle, an 80-yard run by Brady Vaught, and 85-yard TD reception by Brandon May to beat Arcadia (No. 4, Division VI), 34-14.
AIR FORCES: Edgerton's Brody Flegal hit 17-26 passes for 360 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-21 win over Defiance Ayersville; Ada's Connor Baker threw for 300 yards and six TDs, with four of those scoring passes going to Jacon Ansley (10, 10, 76 and 4 yards), in a 56-12 win over Paulding; Tecumseh's Tony Evans tossed a school-record 4 TD passes in a 47-22 win over Dayton Stebbins; Salineville Southern's Luke Griffith broke a 30-year-old school record with 1,143 yards passing this season, including 171 yards and a TD in a 27-7 win over Wellsville; and Williamsport Westfall's Trent Williamson had 385 yards of total offense in a 35-14 win over Bainbridge Paint Valley, running for 132 yards and 3 TDs and passing for 253 yards.
LAND ROVERS: Springboro's Kyle Longworth carried 25 times for 275 yards in a 34-6 victory over Sidney -- its first win of the season; St. Marys Memorial's D.J. Manning went over 200 yards for the fifth time, gaining 232, in a double-overtime loss to Defiance; De'Veon Smith ran for 227 yards and 3 first-half touchdowns on 15 carries as Warren Howland beat Lisbon Beaver, 41-7; and Billy Skerkavich had 213 yards on 30 carries and scored 3 times in Madison's 27-20 victory over Eastlake North.
NOTABLE: Findlay moved to 6-0 for its best start since 1984 as Jimmy Orwick caught three screen passes and turned them into 71-, 21- and 62-yard TDs in a 35-7 win over Toledo St. Francis; Fostoria St. Wendelin had to cancel its second game of the season when injuries left the team too shorthanded to safely compete, but the Mohawks have gotten healthy and have rebounded to win three straight; Perry set a school record for points in a 70-35 triumph at Painesville Harvey -- and didn't score in the opening quarter; in the annual Social Gathering game, Maria Stein Marion Local posted its biggest victory over St. Henry since 1971 with a 47-6 win; in a battle of unbeatens this weekend, Portsmouth West, which has outscored its opponents 244-57, takes on Lucasville Valley, which has outscored its foes, 251-86; Trotwood-Madison stayed undefeated, edging Piqua 26-23, on a 22-yard TD pass from Michael Simpson to Michael McCray with 14 seconds to play; Centerville rushed for 502 yards -- and didn't attempt a pass -- in a 49-21 win over Fairmont; and Defiance's Jerry Buti picked up his 200th career coaching win with a 21-20 two-overtime victory of St. Marys Memorial.
STREAKING: Bucyrus Wynford extended its state-best regular-season winning streak to 54 games with a 33-7 win over previously unbeaten Ontario as quarterback Zach Chatlain rushed for 99 yards and two TDs and threw for 87 yards and a score; and Conneaut has been shut out four times and has only scored seven points in five games this year while running its losing streak to 12 straight.
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP: Springfield Shawnee kicker Carly Gregory went 5-for-5 on PATs against Kenton Ridge last week, and was honored as the homecoming queen before the game.
She accepted the crown in her football uniform.