Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Eastern Mass HS Football Power Rankings: Week 6

Marshfield's Danny Dalton is committed to play tight end for Penn State next year, but right now he's playing both sides of the ball, hoping to help the Rams win another Division 2 state championship.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

The top teams in Eastern Mass high school football continue to hold strong, as Marshfield, Xaverian and St. John's Prep have all dominated lately, but the next tier is more than carrying its weight with Holliston, Central Catholic and Milton continuing to roll.

Who's rising and who's falling this week? Check out our latest Power Rankings below.

Power Rankings

1. Marshfield: 5-0, Division 2

Last Week: Ranked No. 1, defeated Falmouth 50-7.

Nobody has played the Rams particularly close this year, and Falmouth was simply overmatched against a team that features several Division 1 recruits. Marshfield will be big favorites again next week against Nauset in a game that could lock up the Atlantic Coast title.

2. Xaverian: 5-0, Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 2, defeated Brockton 33-0.

We know about Xaverian's defense, but how about that Hawks offense getting going against physical Brockton? The X is once again the favorite in Division 1, and will hope to keep things going next week against Malden Catholic.

3. St. John's Prep: 5-0, Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 3, defeated Catholic Memorial 20-8.

The Eagles are as balanced as they come, pounding teams with the run and making plays in the play action passing game, all while their defense shuts opponents down. We'll see if SJP can keep it up in a tough home game against BC High.

4. Holliston: 5-0, Division 4

Last Week: Ranked No. 4, defeated Hopkinton 35-14.

The Panthers captured another Tri-Valley Large win Friday night against feisty Hopkinton, leading by at least 21 points for most of the game. Holliston captured at least a share of the league title with the win, and can take Tri-Valley Large outright with a home victory next week over last-place Medway.

5. Central Catholic: 4-1, Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 5, defeated No. 7 Tewksbury 27-21.

CC collected perhaps the most significant win of the week, knocking off a very good Tewksbury team in dramatic fashion. The Raiders have now been on both ends of close finishes, and their experience in tight games should serve them well down the stretch.

6. Milton: 5-0, Division 3

Last Week: Ranked No. 6, defeated Norwood 26-14.

They're known for their passing attack, but the Wildcats are quietly improving on the defensive side of the ball, holding opponents below 20 points the last three times out. If that D can continue to round into form, Milton could be the favorite in Division 3.

7. Andover: 4-1, Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 8, defeated Lowell 44-20.

The Warriors won a mini-shootout with Lowell, but will have bigger issues next week when they host Central Catholic. Can Andover grab a signature win?

8. BC High: 4-1, Division 1

Last Week: Ranked No. 9, defeated Malden Catholic 17-14.

The Eagles gutted out a win over a talented MC squad, but still need to rediscover their offense in the face of some injuries. It will take more than guts for BC High to win at St. John's Prep next week.

9. North Attleborough: 5-0, Division 3

Last Week: Ranked No. 10, defeated Attleborough 14-0.

The Red Rocketeers held their rivals to just 104 total yards in a suffocating shutout Friday. With the defense playing this well, North only has to do just enough on offense to keep winning.

10. Duxbury: 4-1, Division 3

Last Week: Unranked, defeated Plymouth North 29-19.

The Dragons re-enter our rankings behind an outstanding passing attack and play-making defense. Division 3 looks loaded and full of exciting offenses, and the Dragons are as good a bet as anyone to make a deep playoff run.

Dropped Out: Tewksbury (Ranked No. 7 Last Week)

The Redmen were edged by Central Catholic, and fall just out of our rankings for the moment. No matter, Tewksbury remains in the thick of the Division 3 playoff race, and will surely be a factor this postseason.

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