Monday, September 25, 2017

MIAA Football Top 25: Week 4

Shane Frommer and his King Phillip teammates now hold the longest active MIAA winning streak. The defending Division 1A state champion Warriors have won 16 games in a row.
Our weekly rankings of the best high school football teams in Massachusetts, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 9/25)

1. Everett (3-0; Last Week – 1 ) The defending champs started fast and held off a dangerous St. John’s Prep team to remain undefeated early in the season.

2. BC High (3-0; Last Week – 2 ) New quarterback Will Bowen had has best day as a passer during a 30-14 victory for the Eagles down in New Jersey against Hudson Catholic.

3. Central Catholic (3-0; Last Week – 3) Bret Edwards continued to pace an elite Raider offense with 238 combined rushing and passing yards, leading his squad to a 37-20 win over Methuen.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Lawrence Academy Tops BB&N in Anticipated ISL Opener

By John McGuirk (@Patsfan1313)

GROTON - Because the ISL season is compacted into a short eight game schedule, each game takes on its own significance. A single loss could result in being eliminated from postseason bowl contention. That is why Saturday's season opener pitting Buckingham, Browne & Nichols against Lawrence Academy held special meaning.

In a battle between the last two ISL champions, the host Spartans got off on the right foot early and never wavered as they rolled to a 38-17 victory.

Cardinal Spellman Still Unbeaten After Route of Bedford

By Nate Rollins (@n_rollins1)

BROCKTON - Through its first two matchups, the Cardinal Spellman High football team has found itself playing catch-up quite a bit.

In Week 1, the Cardinals rallied back from a pair of deficits to knock off defending Division 3 state champion Hanover. The following week was not much different. In the final 3:21, Spellman scored two touchdowns to rally past Sharon, 21-14.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals found themselves in unfamiliar territory, as there was no hole to dig out of.

Spellman put up a 28-spot in the first half, en route to a 30-6 non-league win over visiting Bedford High.

NFL Week 3 Primer (With Picks): Adjustments To Be Made

Just what are we supposed to think of the Jags right now? Jeremy and Joe have some differing thoughts.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

So, we're two weeks in. Excluding Miami and Tampa Bay, we've seen every team in the league twice now (and, thank all that is holy, we've seen the Rams and 49ers three times), and we're at the point where we can start to really take some things seriously. After this weekend, we'll have some firm data. Once is maybe just a coincidence. Twice is a trend. Three times is pretty convincing.

The trouble comes when Weeks 1 and 2 looked totally different. Take Jacksonville, for example. They looked great on the road in Houston in Week 1, then looked like hot Chinatown garbage at home in Week 2 against the Titans. So which one is it? Jacksonville has obviously been pretty bad over the last handful of years. So does Week 2 mean more of the same? On the other hand, they're a young team with a lot of talent. So should we read more into Week 1? It's tough to say. Seeing how they stack up against Baltimore this week will tell us something for sure.

Where it helps is when both Week 1 and Week 2 either reinforce what we thought going into the season, or totally contradicts what we thought going into the season. Did we think the Jets were going to suck? Yes? Well, the good news is, they suck indeed.

Springfield Central Pulls Away from West Springfield in Battle of WMass Powers

Springfield Central quarterback Aaron Moses-Williams led Central with four touchdown passes.

By Ethan Winter (@EWints)

SPRINGFIELD - After two losses against two very tough opponents to open up their 2017 season, the Springfield Central Golden Eagles finally got in the win column with a 44-27 victory over the rival West Springfield Terriers.

In the unquestioned top game of the week in Western Mass, the top two teams in the region battled it out on the campus of Springfield Central High School. It did not disappoint.