Monday, October 13, 2014

Eastern Mass HS Football Power Rankings: 10/13/14

Despite the loss to Xaverian, Brockton running back Kerry Raymond went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth game in a row, and the Boxers once again look like a force to be reckoned with.
By Mike Uva (@mike_uva)

Even in defeat, Brockton impressed Friday against top-ranked Xaverian, while Central Catholic's demolition of Lowell made room for a new team in correspondent Mike Uva's Top-5.

Find out who made the cut below.

Power Rankings

1. Xaverian: 5-0, 1-0 Catholic Conf. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 1. Defeated Brockton 34-14

The Hawks took care of business at Brockton this past weekend, thanks in part to rushing for nearly 300 yards on offense. Quarterback Jake Farrell led the team with 150 yards rushing and two scores, averaging over 16 yards per carry. The backfield duo of Kenny Kern and Noah Sorrento were at it again, combining for 144 for two scores. Xaverian will try to keep things rolling Friday night when they travel to take on conference foe Malden Catholic.

2. Everett: 4-1, 1-0 GBL. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 2. Defeated Medford 40-0

Everett earned their first conference win in fashion Friday night, shutting out Medford on the road. It’s the Tide’s first shutout since last year’s EMass Division 1 Semi-finals versus Lowell (21-0). Everett, who has scored 34 or more points the past three weeks, will be in Somerville Friday night for another conference game.

3. St. John’s Prep: 5-1, 2–0 Catholic Conf. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 3. Defeated Catholic Memorial 58-31

Quarterback Oliver Eberth put up video games numbers this past weekend, helping guide the Eagles to a record setting day. Eberth finished the day 18-of-22/305 yards/6 TDs while Cody Hardwood rushed for 132 yards and a score. But you can’t forget about the big man - Jake Burt. Burt scored four touchdowns, including a 97-yard pick six in the fourth to put him over 300 all-purpose yards. The 58 points scored Saturday is a new SJP home record.

4. Central Catholic: 4-1, 2-0 MVC. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 5. Defeated No. 4 Lowell 44-7

The Raiders got their fourth win this past weekend and, just like the other three, they scored 40 or more points. The high-power Central Catholic offense was orchestrated by quarterback Mike Milano, who was 16 for 20 through the the air for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Milano had plenty of time all night thanks to his offense line, which didn’t allow a sack and allowed him to carve the 3-5-3 base defense of Lowell. Central Catholic will be at home Saturday as they welcome Billerica for a conference clash.

5. Holliston: 6-0, 3-0 Tri-Valley-Large. Division 4

Last Week: Unranked. Defeated Medway 42-7

All season long Holliston has dominated and that constancy has landed them a spot in my EMass Top-5 for the first time this season. The Panthers are outscoring their opponents a mind-blowing 274-103; averaging 45.7 points scored per game. This past weekend, quarterback Nick Athy led the charge both on the ground and through the air. Athy completed a perfect 8 for 8 through the air for 156 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 125 yards rushing for three more scores on the ground. Both of Athy’s touchdown passes were hauled in by Zach Elkinson.    

Dropped Out:

Lowell: 4-1, 1-1 MVC. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked 4. Lost to No. 5 Central Catholic 44-7

In the Hunt: 

Natick (5-0), Tewksbury (4-1), Marblehead (6-0), Lowell (4-1), Walpole (5-0), Brockton (3-2)

Game of the Week: 

BC High at No. 3 St. John’s Prep, Saturday at 1:30 pm

BC High may be 3-2 this season, but that doesn’t mean SJP will take them lightly. Since 2007, SJP has gone 1-6 versus their Catholic Conference counterpart, last winning in 2012 on the way to their first Super Bowl title since 1997.

For the Prep, they’ll need another standout performance from quarterback Oliver Eberth, who has gone a combined 29 for 33 the past two weeks for 478 yards and nine touchdowns. Getting the ball to BC commit tight end Jake Burt should allow running back Cody Hardwood to find some room on the ground.

For BC High, they’ve struggled to play 44 minutes of football this season and have their backs up against the wall. With the tough task of going to Danvers this weekend to take on a high-powered offensive team in SJP, this could not only be a statement game, but also that confidence booster that coach Jon Bartlett and BC High needs heading into the final stretch before playoffs.

Although BC High has plenty of talent and has had the Prep’s number in recent years, SJP is on a mission with first year coach Brian St. Pierre, and will end their 2014 regular season with a conference win.

Prediction: SJP 33, BC High 20

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