Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eastern Mass HS Football Power Rankings: 10/21/14

Could St. John's Prep's big win over BC High push the Eagles up our Power Rankings?
By Mike Uva (@mike_uva)

Yesterday, editor Joe Parello brought you his latest Central Mass High School Football Power Rankings, and today correspondent Mike Uva checks in with his latest Top-5 for the Eastern part of the Commonwealth.

See his rankings below.

Power Rankings

1. Xaverian: 6-0, 2-0 Catholic Conf. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 1. Defeated Malden Catholic 49-6

Xaverian stayed perfect this weekend and should be a lock for the top seed in the Division 1 South bracket. A win this weekend against BC High wouldn't only ensure that, but it would also set-up a winner-take-all Thanksgiving showdown with St. John’s Prep for the Catholic Conference title.

2. Everett: 5-1, 2-0 GBL. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 2. Defeated Somerville 44-12

For the fourth straight week Everett scored more than 30 points, and The Tide has strung together back-to-back 40 point games. Senior running back Nick Orekoya shinned, rushing for 110 yards on just six carries for three scores. In addition, Orekoya also caught two passes for 67 yards and a receiving touchdown. With Friday’s conference game versus Malden remaining the only obstacle between Everett and their 20th straight GBL title, Everett will need a win in order to earn a bye in the Division 1 North bracket.

3. St. John’s Prep: 6-1, 3–0 Catholic Conf. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 3. Defeated BC High 33-14

The Eagles finished the regular season in fashion with their third Catholic Conference win, after a dominant second half performance. Oliver Eberth threw for three touchdowns, giving him 12 touchdown passes in his last four games and 18 on the season. The Prep is idle this week and will patiently wait to see who they’ll draw in the Division 1 North bracket.

4. Central Catholic: 5-1, 3-0 MVC. Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 4. Defeated Billerica 34-18

Senior quarterback Mike Milano was at it again this past weekend, tallying 240 yards of total offense and adding two scores - one passing and one rushing. In addition, Markus Edmunds rushed for 99 yards to help the Raiders improve to (3-0) in conference play. Don’t look now but the Raiders have won three straight since losing to St. John’s Prep, and we all know how that worked out for them last season.

5. Holliston: 7-0, 4-0 Tri-Valley-Large. Division 4

Last Week: Ranked No. 5. Defeated Medfield 26-14

Despite scoring their fewest points this season, the Panthers remain undefeated. Heading into a bye week before the start the Division 4 playoffs, Holliston has outscored their opponents a whopping 300-117, and should be the top seed in Division 4 South.

In the Hunt:

Natick (6-0), Marblehead (6-0), Walpole (6-0), Brockton (4-2), Marshfield (5-1)

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