Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Central Mass HS Football Power Rankings: Week 8

Just two weeks ago, Algonquin was on the ropes, but the T-Hawks are now surging toward the playoffs.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

With only one week left to play in the regular season, Central Mass football is a crazy mess.

Nowhere is the situation messier than in Division 2, where Algonquin is coming off a huge win over Wachusett. For those keeping track at home, Algonquin has now beaten Wachusett, who has beaten St. John's, who has beaten Leominster, who has beaten Algonquin, who has beaten Shrewsbury, who has beaten Shepherd Hill, who has beaten Algonquin…

Yeah, good luck sorting that out, and to make things even more interesting, we've got a de facto playoff game between Leominster and Shrewsbury this weekend.

But it's not just D2, all the divisions across Central Mass have intriguing story lines. Without further ado, here are our Power Rankings heading into the final week of the regular season.

10 Takeaways from Week 7 of Massachusetts High School Football

St. John's Prep head coach Brian St. Pierre has the Eagles playing their best football as the playoffs begin.
By John Sarianides (@xnojoe)

Ed. Note- Our Massachusetts football guru John Sarianides is back with 10 thoughts on the HS football weekend that was.

1. I can't say I'm surprised that Tewksbury beat Billerica. The Redmen are well coached and they are physical enough to match up with a team like the Indians.

2. St. John's Prep might be the most dangerous team entering the playoffs. The Eagles were impressive in their 17-7 win over B.R Friday night, proving that they can win, tight physical games, not just shootout.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Top 25 MIAA Football Rankings: Week 8

Everett senior quarterback Jordan McAfee
Ed. Note- This will be our final Top 25 until after the state championship games, as the playoffs begin in Eastern Mass this weekend.

Our rankings of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/24)

1. Duxbury (7-0; Last Week  –  1) The Dragons offense continued to roll into the playoffs with a 42-8 win over Hingham. Bobby Maimaron is eight touchdown passes away from tying Troy Flutie’s all-time record of 112 career passing scores.

2. Xaverian (6-1; Last Week  –  2)
It took two days and plenty of bruising play in the trenches, but the Hawks downed divisional rival BC High 17-0 for a share of the Catholic Conference regular season title.

Bob Lobel: Why I'm Rooting Against the Cubs

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

The line "why can't we get players like that?” is getting annoying.

Can't believe I just said that. 

It's great now and then (thanks  to Dan Shaughnessy!), but enough is enough! This weekend, even Adam Vinatieri got into the conversation! That one seems to hurt more than most, but we are not here to talk about that. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Algonquin Clinches Playoff Spot With Upset of Wachusett

By Jason Siegel

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. - The Algonquin Tomahawks dominated the Wachusett Mountaineers in all three phases of the game en route to a 21-6 victory Sunday.

Friday night’s rain and lightning forced the two teams to postpone their game until Sunday.

By handing Wachusett (6-1, 3-1 Mid-Wach A) its first loss of the season, Algonquin (5-2, 3-2 Mid-Wach A) also clinched a spot in the Division 2 playoffs.