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Preseason Power Rankings: TVC-Hocking

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Soon the lights will turn on and the stands will be packed as teams return the gridiron. Here are some pre-season power rankings to see how will things will shake out this fall in the TVC-Hocking.

Power Rankings

1.  Trimble Tomcats

Last year’s TVC-Hocking champs and state runner-ups will be the top dogs in the Hocking yet again. Their returning players Conner Wright, Cameron Kittle, and Ian Joyce, to name a few, will keep this well-rounded team at the top. They have a shot at nine shutouts, if not more, and another run for the state title.

2. Waterford Wildcats

The Wildcats lost a big name in Braden Bellville. However, the team’s consistency will allow it to hold the second spot in the TVC-Hocking rankings.

3.  Belpre Golden Eagles

Even though the Golden Eagles lost their running back, Jesse Collins, they maintain their quarterback Connor Baker. Belpre should easily keep their spot in third place.

4.  Eastern Eagles

Though the Tornadoes had a strong team last year, they still fell to the Eastern Eagles by only one point. This year the Eagles have many returning players including Steve Fitzgerald, Blake Newland, and Conner Ridenour, which could give them an even larger lead against the Tornadoes, keeping them locked in fourth.

5.  Southern Tornadoes

The Tornadoes lost some significant names including their star quarterback, Logan Drummer. Last season he racked up well over 1,500 passing yards – more than any other quarterback in the TVC-Hocking. Now the question that stands: Can Gage Schuler and Trey McNickle rise to the occasion? 

6.  South Gallia Rebels

Last year the Rebels beat Miller 29-7 with Kyle Northup and Tristan Saber at the helm. Both of these guys are coming back this fall, so they will probably have the same result.

7. Miller Logo Miller Falcons

The Miller Falcons will most likely finish with the same record as they did last year 2-6. They have the duo of Blayton Cox and Colby Bartley returning, so they should be consistent. 

8.  Federal Hocking Lancers

The Lancers have a winless streak spanning roughly four years, but their new head coach, Jeff Ditty, has given the Lancers a new outlook on this upcoming season. He went back to the basics and gave this small team passion and excitement to get back on the field.

9. Wahama Logo Wahama White Falcons

Last year the White Falcons came away with one win from their matchup with Federal Hocking, but with the Lancers new-found motivation, the White Falcons may face even more challenges this season.