Monday, October 23, 2017

MIAA Football Top 25: Week 8

 Our rankings at the end of the regular season of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/23)

1. Everett (6-0; Last Week – 1 ) Despite finishing the regular season undefeated as the consensus top team in the state, the defending champs earn the No. 3 seed in Division 1 North and will host St. John’s Prep to begin the postseason. 

2. BC High (7-0; Last Week – 2 ) It looked like another low-scoring loss to Xaverian, but the Eagles rallied in the second half and rode Danny Abraham to their first win over the Hawks in 10 tries. 

Your MIAA Football Week 7 Headlines

Hingham and Duxbury played a memorable, and controversial game for the Patriot League Keenan crown.
By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)

For Eastern Massachusetts, the regular season is officially in the books, and on Sunday morning the postseason pairings were announced at the MIAA headquarters in Franklin.

Meanwhile, in Central and Western Massachusetts, one more week of regular season football remains before they get their playoff portion of the schedule underway a week from Friday.

Upon initial review, there are handful of entertaining week one playoff matchups, including No. 5 Whitman-Hanson and No. 4 Stoughton in Div. 3 South, as well as No. 5 Marshfield and No. 4 Mansfield in Div. 2 South.

Before we get to those opening round contests, as well an exhilarating week eight that is sure to come out of Central and Western Mass, let’s take a look back at week seven.

Duxbury Squeaks out 10th Consecutive Patriot League Keenan Title

Early Saturday afternoon it looked as though Hingham was on its way to snapping Duxbury’s streak of nine straight Patriot League titles.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

MIAA Releases North and South Sectional Football Playoff Brackets

Braden O'Connell and Lincoln-Sudbury have shocked many, and the Warriors enter the playoffs as the top seed in D2 North.
By SuiteSports Staff

While the Central and Western parts of the Bay State have another week of regular season football, it's playoff time in the Eastern portion of the Commonwealth, and the MIAA released brackets for all 16 of its districts (8 North, 8 South) in Eastern Massachusetts this morning.

Our Matt Feld was there to live Tweet the seeds as they game in, and we've got all the playoff matchups listed below. We will be updating times and venues as that information becomes available.

Be sure to check back later in the week for our breakdowns of each Eastern Mass division.

NFL Week 7 Primer (With Picks): Undefeated No More

 By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Well, the last time we saw you, there was still an undefeated NFL team. In the last seven days, that team has lost two football games. In the same time span, the "best" team in the NFC lost their quarterback, possibly for the season. The other "best" team in the NFC blew a 17-point lead at home to a team that had mustered all of 22 points over the previous 3 weeks. Ezekiel Elliot was re-suspended, and then a few days later had the re-suspension re-overruled.

It's been a weird week.

Last week, we asked you which teams you'd be willing to bet your life on to make the playoffs, and we came up with one "almost definitely" (Kansas City), followed by a few "probables" (Philadelphia, Atlanta, Green Bay, New England). Since then, Kansas City has certainly fallen past "probably" to "maybe," Green Bay and Atlanta have fallen all the way down to "definitely would not bet my life on them to make the playoffs," and the Patriots and Eagles have probably jumped up to the top two spots by default.

Everything is just confusing.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Duxbury Survives Hingham for 10th Straight Patriot League Keenan Title

By Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports)

HINGHAM - The last time the Duxbury High football league lost a Patriot League Keenan Division football game, Akon was still on the radio, Terry Francona was managing the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title, George W. Bush was in the White House and gas was $5 per gallon.

On Saturday afternoon, the Dragons were fortunate enough to beat Hingham 14-13 on the road. The win gave the Dragons their tenth straight Patriot League Keenan Division title.

It was the closest league game the Dragons had in the last decade, and it could have looked a lot different, since the Harbormen had back-to-back touchdowns called back late in the third quarter in tightly-officiated game that featured over 30 called penalties. Had either of those scores counted, the Harbormen likely would have been crowned champs.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Dragons head coach Dave Maimaron said. “We needed that. Those are huge plays. It’s more than likely we see these guys again (in the playoffs).”