We made it to the final week of the 2021 regular season and the final week of my power rankings. I know there is still one more week of play for every team after this week, but I’ve got something in store for next week that I know will make up for not having a power rankings next weeks. It’s my sectional preview with favorites, contenders and dark horses for each area sectional.
Feel better? I knew you would.
Here’s the final power rankings of the 2021 season.
No. 1 Eastside
Last week: 1
Record: 8-0, 4-0 NECC Small
Last Friday’s result: 42-0 over Central Noble
The Blazers proved why they’ve been at the No. 1 spot for the last six weeks. They rolled over Central Noble and show no signs of slowing down. Eastside has the team to make a deep run in the postseason, but their sectional is tough.
No. 2 Churubusco
Last week: 2
Record: 6-2, 3-1 NECC Small
Last Friday’s result: 35-0 over West Noble
No lightning delay was going to slow down Churubusco against West Noble. The Eagle defense pitched its third shutout of the season. Friday’s game at Fairfield presents a different challenge, but it is one Churubusco needs before the postseason.
No. 3 East Noble
Last week: 3
Record: 5-2, 4-2 NE8
Last Friday’s result: 45-13 win over New Haven
Are the Knights back? East Noble defeated New Haven handily in all three phases. This is the type of performance the Knights had to have before sectional play, because surprise! East Noble welcomes back Leo in the first round of the tournament.
No. 4 Central Noble
Last week: 4
Record: 6-2, 2-2 NECC Small
Last Friday’s result: 42-0 loss to Eastside
The Cougars came up short in their two biggest games of the season. However, the year is not a total loss. Central Noble could have another chance at the Blazers in a few weeks.
No. 5 Lakeland
Last week: 5
Record: 3-5, 2-2 NECC Big
Last Friday’s result: 28-7 loss to Fairfield
Listen, the Lakers are here because they were in the NECC Big School Division championship and the other area teams in the division were not. The Lakers are a couple of pieces away from being a really good team.