Monday, October 16, 2017

MIAA Top 25 Football Rankings: Week 7

Tewksbury jumped a spot in our rankings after scoring 40+ in a win over Chelmsford.
Our rankings of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/16)

1. Everett (5-0; Last Week – 1 )
Crimson Tide continue to roll the competition, and it was recently announced that Everett and Masconomet will face off at Fenway Park at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve.

2. BC High (6-0; Last Week – 2 ) In coming back to score 20 unanswered points and down St. John’s Prep, 20-13, the Eagles proved that they can play from behind as well.

Your MIAA Football Week 6 Headlines

Dennis-Yarmouth delivered the statement of the weekend, blowing out rival Marshfield to claim at least a share of the ACL title.   Photo courtesy of Dennis-Yarmouth athletics.
By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

The final week of the regular season in Eastern Mass is upon us, and week six certainly cleared up the postseason picture.

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) reaffirmed its placement as the favorite in Division 3 with a 64-24 thrashing of Shepherd Hill on Saturday, while King Philip all but locked up the top seed in Division 2 South.

Mashpee avenged its lone loss from the 2016 campaign with a shutout of Nantucket, and Dennis-Yarmouth stunned people across Massachusetts with a dominant performance against Marshfield to take control in the Atlantic Coast League.

St. John’s Prep seemed to be in the driver’s seat for a big Catholic Conference win that would have given the Eagles a home game in the postseason, but BC High scored 20 unanswered to all but clinch the number one overall seed in Division 1 South.

Plenty of key games are on the horizon, with teams like Bridgewater-Raynahm, the Prep, Lexington, Central Catholic, Marshfield, and Brockton all jockeying for playoff seeding.

Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look back at week six.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

St. John's (Shrewsbury) Breaks the Scoreboard Against Shepherd Hill

By John McGuirk (@patsfan1313)

- Let's put to bed this notion that the top spot in Division 3 Central is up for grabs.

It is time to face facts folks. There is St. John's (Shrewsbury), and then everybody else. Period!

In a season that has been solely dominated by the Pioneers thus far, Shepherd Hill, along with its three-game winning streak, became the latest tragedy in a long line of formidable opponents expected to put up a fight.

Instead, Saturday's contest turned into a laugher early and often. The Pioneers wasted no time building a commanding 42-point in the first half lead, then proceeded to blow the Rams out 64-24 at Pioneer Field.

NFL Week 6 Primer (With Picks): Still Confusing As All Hell

Is Ben Roethlisberger done? And, considering how flawed every other team is, does it matter?
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Quick, we're going to list eight teams, and you try to tell us what order they belong in, in terms of their average scoring margin so far this year. Ready? Here they are:

Patriots, Steelers, Raiders, Chiefs, Jaguars, Cowboys, Lions, Saints. Go.

Here's how they actually stack up, with their scoring margin and their overall league rank:

1. Jaguars (+11.2, 1st)
2. Chiefs (+10.6, 2nd)
3. Lions (+5.2, 6th)
4. Saints (+3.8, 9th)
5. Steelers (+2.0, 14th)
6. Patriots (+1.2, 15th)
7. Raiders (-0.2, 20th)
8. Cowboys (-1.4, 22nd)

How did you do? Probably nowhere close.

What the deuce is going on in the NFL this year? Outside of the Chiefs, are there any teams that are actually, you know, good?

If you were ranking all 32 teams on the scale of "if I had to bet my life on an NFL team to make the playoffs, I'd put them in this order," what would your list look like? Kansas City first, most likely, and then what? After last night, Philadelphia might be No. 2, and then maybe Atlanta? Green Bay? New England? Even all of those teams have serious flaws.

We feel like this has been a theme well-tread in this space over the last few weeks, so we promise we'll try to branch out in the coming weeks. But, like, while we're here, we might as well get our money's worth, right? Here are some crazy but confirmed facts about the 2017 NFL season, through five weeks:

Dennis-Yarmouth Overwhelms Marshfield for ACL Title

Photo courtesy of Dennis-Yarmouth Athletics (@DolphinAthletic).

By Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports)

YARMOUTH - Anyone who was at "The Lagoon" on Friday night saw who the top team in the Atlantic Coast League is this season.

For the third straight year, there is a different ACL champion this season. The Marshfield Rams could not stop Dennis-Yarmouth's speedy and high-powered offense on Friday night. As a result, the Dolphins beat the Rams, 43-16, at home to improve to 6-0.