|Thanks to a dominant postseason run, Hanover rose more than any other team in our power rankings.|
*Thanksgiving Day results are not included in final records
1. Everett (10-2; Last Ranking – 3) Redemption came for the Crimson Tide on many levels when they defeated Xaverian in a Super Bowl for the first time in five attempts and erased any memories of last season’s disappointing results with yet another Division 1 Championship.
2. Duxbury (12-0; Last Ranking – 1) It would have been very interesting to see Duxbury and Everett go head-to-head for the right to be truly considered the best team in the state, as the Dragons were a step above the competition they faced in the Division 2 State Tournament.
3. Xaverian (10-2; Last Ranking – 2) The Hawks became the latest victim of Everett’s multiple offense and prolific defense in the D1 Super Bowl, but they also wrapped up yet another Catholic Conference title by defeating St. John’s Prep 7-6 on Thanksgiving.
4. King Philip (12-0; Last Ranking – 10) A sophisticated offensive game plan and nearly flawless execution allowed the Warriors to remain undefeated and bring home the first Super Bowl title in program history with a thrilling 21-18 win over Reading.
5. Hanover (11-0; Last Week – 24) After thrashing Holliston, 40-7, in the D3 South Final, crushing Triton 54-13 in the EMass Final, and shutting out Grafton, 21-0, to win a state title, the Indians impressive resume even earns them the nod over the D2A Champs.
6. Falmouth (12-0; Last Week – 22) Not to take anything away from the Clippers' magical season, as they finally got over the hump with an OT win over Marshfield, and carried that momentum all the way through the D2A Playoff to bring another Super Bowl title back to the South Shore.
7. BC High (6-3; Last Ranking – 12) Here’s where it gets tricky. You can only imagine what could’ve been for this supremely talented Eagles squad if they hadn’t drawn the bad luck of facing Xaverian at the Hawks Nest in the D1 South Final, but that marked the end of their run.
8. Billerica (8-2; Last Ranking – 8) While the Indians fell victim to a miraculous second-half comeback against Beverly in the D2 North Final, it’s impossible to ignore the resume of a team that defeated D1 Champion Everett and D1 North Finalist Andover earlier this season.
9. Andover (5-5; Last Ranking – NA) A classic “team no one wants to face” that crept into the playoffs at 3-4, the Golden Warriors upset Lexington and St. John’s Prep on the road before hanging tough against an elite Everett defense in the D1 North Final.
10. St. John's Prep (6-3; Last Ranking – 4) The Eagles topped Acton-Boxboro to start the postseason, but then fell victim to an Andover avalanche in the D1 North Semifinals. A loss on Thanksgiving to Xaverian doesn't hurt the Eagles too badly (at least in our eyes), and this young group will be back for more next year.
11. Central Catholic (6-2; Last Ranking – 6) Much like the Eagles of BC High, Central Catholic ran into a freight train in a second round matchup against Everett that the Raiders were forced to play at a neutral site. They’ll likely have one more year with Bret Edwards under center and a number of talented receivers returning for the 2017 season.
12. North Attleborough (8-2; Last Ranking – 15) The Rocketeers' only losses this season came against D1A Champion King Philip in Week 1 and a surprisingly close 26-19 defeat at the hands of D2 Champion Duxbury in the playoffs. And in order to reach the D2 South Final, they upset an excellent Dartmouth squad.
13. Reading (8-3; Last Ranking – NA) Bouncing back nicely from a blowout loss to Lexington, the Rockets won six straight games to earn a Super Bowl berth, and gave King Philip everything the Warriors could handle in a narrow loss.
14. Beverly (7-3; Last Ranking – NA) During the Panthers' incredible postseason run, they upset D2 North favorite Billerica as well as the Indians' chief rivals in Tewskbury, on their way to a regional title.
15. East Bridgewater (11-1; Last Ranking – NA) It wasn’t always pretty, but the Vikings fought their way to the D3A Super Bowl and bounced St. Mary’s (Lynn) out of contention for the second consecutive season.
16. Marblehead (11-1; Last Ranking – 18) The Magicians couldn’t pull a victory out of the thin air in the D2A Super Bowl against a Falmouth team with one of the best rushing attacks in the Bay State, but Jim Rudloff’s squad gave it everything they had.
17. Haverhill (7-2; Last Ranking – 5) The Hillies became Everett’s first victim in what was supposed to be a thrilling opening-round matchup at Trinity Stadium. After one of the best regular seasons in program history, there is nothing of which this senior-laden team should be ashamed.
18. Dartmouth (8-2; Last Ranking – 11) After an undefeated regular season, the Indians were unable to make a third consecutive appearance at Gillette, as North Attleboro had plans of its own.
19. Tewksbury (9-1; Last Ranking – 7) The Redmen simply couldn’t muster enough offense to get past Beverly in the second round of the D2 North Playoff and face familiar MVC rival Billerica in the regional final.
20. Shrewsbury (8-4; Last Ranking – NA) With five consecutive wins over regional foes, the Colonials earned a trip to Gillette Stadium, but they were unable to hang with Duxbury in the D2 State Final.
21. Mashpee (11-1; Last Ranking – NA) Another South Shore program that made a strong impression at Gillette Stadium on Championship Saturday, the Falcons laid waste to Wahconah to earn a D4 State Title.
22. Millis-Hopedale (10-2; Last Ranking – NA) The Mohawks survived a barn burner out at Worcester State to defeat Maynard 30-18 and bring home the D4A State Championship trophy.
23. Grafton (11-1; Last Ranking – 20) While they were shut out by Hanover in the D3 State Final, the Indians put together an incredible regular season and made an impressive run through the CMass playoff sto earn their trip to Gillette.
24. Westfield (10-2; Last Ranking – NA) The Bombers dominated West Springfield for the second time this season to advance to the D2 State Semifinal, but were unable to keep up with Shrewsbury in a 42-12 loss.
25. Bridgewater-Raynham (6-4; Last Ranking – 21) Another team with losses solely against some of the best teams in the state (Duxbury, Darmouth and St. John’s Prep), the Trojans gave King Philip everything the Warriors could handle, but ultimately fell 33-27 in the D1A South Final.
Last 10 Out: Algonquin (6-4), Catholic Memorial (5-4), Holliston (8-2), Lexington (8-1), Marlborough (10-3), Marshfield (8-3), Maynard (11-1), St. John’s of Shrewsbury (7-3), Wachusett (7-3), Wellesley (10-1)