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Preseason Power Rankings: MVL

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The MVL hasn’t had much parity in a while. The Tri-Valley Scotties have won at least part of the MVL each of the last eight years and the teams vying to overtake the top spot usually stay consistent as well. But with a new season comes a new chance for teams to take down the Scotties and be the new top dog. Here are the power rankings for the MVL before the slate of week 1 games kick off on Friday.


Power Rankings

1. Tri Valley Logo Tri-Valley Scotties

The Scotties should start at the top regardless of who they lost or brought back. Luke Fargus graduated and will no longer be under center, but Tri-Valley has shown time and time again that they can, and will, reload.

2. Sheridan Logo Sheridan Generals

The Generals lost reigning Gridiron Glory Player of the Year Ethan Hellar to graduation but their offense shouldn’t take as big of a hit as expected. Nate Johnson and Josh O’Ryan are both good options at quarterback, especially with the number of offensive weapons they’re bringing back to surround them with.

3. Philo Logo Philo Electrics

This is the biggest dark horse of the bunch. Philo returns a lot of starting players including Hunter Adolf and Casey Munyan on offense. Munyan is one of the best players in our coverage and could help position Philo at the top of these rankings by the end of the year.

4. John Glenn Logo John Glenn Little Muskies

Lots of losses for the Little Muskies. Joseph Clifford, Ben Larson and Parker Zachrich all gone due to graduation. But they’ll be able to reload at each of their positions with seniors Evan Williams, Score Perkins and Reece Perkins all ready to fill in their roles.

5. New Lexington Logo New Lexington Panthers

New coach, new mentality. The Panthers intend to keep their same defensive game plan, but head coach Kevin Board told me there’s some new things on offense coming and with returning leadership (Logyn Ratliff and Christian Vance) on the offensive side of the ball, including a beefed up offensive line.

6. Crooksville Logo Crooksville Ceramics

Instead of losing a big time quarterback, the Ceramics are gaining one this season. Caden Miller is back from injury and gives Crooksville a real shot to shake up the MVL.

7. Maysville Logo Maysville Panthers

The first team on the outside of the main bunch looking in. Maysville finished a spot higher than this last season but with Crooksville making improvements, they’ll more than likely slide down.

8. Morgan Logo Morgan Raiders

A tough year could lie ahead for the Raiders. Head coach Chase Bowman is confident this group can take the next step and Morgan had glimpses of success last season but Bowman is aware everything starts with the culture. The Raiders are going to hit hard and often but the MVL is very top heavy.

9. West Muskingum West Muskingum Tornadoes

This year may prove tough for West M. However, with last season’s team being filled with freshman and sophomores, look for them to improve throughout the year.