Monday, September 25, 2017

MIAA Football Top 25: Week 4

Shane Frommer and his King Phillip teammates now hold the longest active MIAA winning streak. The defending Division 1A state champion Warriors have won 16 games in a row.
Our weekly rankings of the best high school football teams in Massachusetts, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 9/25)

1. Everett (3-0; Last Week – 1 ) The defending champs started fast and held off a dangerous St. John’s Prep team to remain undefeated early in the season.

2. BC High (3-0; Last Week – 2 ) New quarterback Will Bowen had has best day as a passer during a 30-14 victory for the Eagles down in New Jersey against Hudson Catholic.

3. Central Catholic (3-0; Last Week – 3) Bret Edwards continued to pace an elite Raider offense with 238 combined rushing and passing yards, leading his squad to a 37-20 win over Methuen.

4. St. John's (Shrewsbury) (3-0; Last Week – 5) With another decisive win over a regional power (Leominster this past Saturday), the Pioneers clearly appear to be the among the top contenders in Division 2.

5. King Philip (3-0; Last Week – 6) Warriors handled a capable Attleboro squad, 42-14, to extend their now 16-game winning streak.

6. Lexington (2-0; Last Week – 7) Another week, another show-stopping performance from quarterback Sal Frelick to down a top-ranked opponent, as he led Lexington in a 42-21 win over Reading.

7. Xaverian (1-2; Last Week – 4) An out-of-state loss to Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) proves once again that the Hawks dynastic run is fading a bit.

8. Marshfield (2-1; Last Week – 9 ) The Rams ended Falmouth’s state-leading winning streak in emphatic fashion, crushing the Clippers by a final margin of 57-6 at home.

9. St. John's Prep (1-2; Last Week – 8)
Another opponent that simply couldn’t match Everett’s athleticism, yet scoring 28 points on arguably the best defense in the state is a bright spot for Prep.  

10. Bridgewater-Raynham (2-1; Last Week – 10) Trojans took out their frustrations after an injury-ridden loss at Xaverian, thrashing New Bedford, 41-0, over the weekend. 

11. Duxbury (2-1; Last Week – 12) Sophomore Will Prouty caught two touchdowns and went over 100 yards receiving in a 23-9 win for the Dragons over Whitman-Hanson.  

12. North Attleborough (2-1; Last Week – 14)
Red Rocketeers held serve with a win over Sharon and move up due to a couple of upsets.

13. Andover (2-1; Last Week – 16)
It’s not surprising that Nick Dellato led the Golden Warriors to a 34-point explosion against Lawrence, but it is surprising to note that Andover only gave up two points.

14. Lynn Classical (3-0; Last Week – 17) Offense was hard to find for Classical in a misty contest at the Manning Bowl, but the Rams survived with a 12-6 overtime win over Revere.

15. Reading (2-1; Last Week – 15) The Rockets couldn’t quite match scores with Sal Frelick and the Minutemen in Lexington. 

16. Marblehead (3-0; Last Week – 20) Behind senior linebacker Aidan Gillis, the Magicians stout defense has given up just 16 points through three wins.

17. North Andover (3-0; Last Week – NA) The Scarlet Knights stunned everyone, including Tewksbury, with a 35-16 road victory on Saturday afternoon.

18. Tewksbury (2-1; Last Week – 11) Back to the drawing board for the Redmen after a decisive non-league loss to North Andover.

19. Mansfield (3-0; Last Week – 19) Hornets edged Franklin, 13-12, last Friday and have their sights set on a huge Thursday tilt at King Philip.

20. Lincoln-Sudbury (3-0; Last Week – 21) Another great offensive performance carried the Warriors to another key victory, as they handled DCL rival Waltham, 40-22, on Friday night.

21. Falmouth (2-1; Last Week – 13) At Marshfield, against a bitter regional rival, the Clippers were forced to eat some humble pie. They’ll look to get back on track in the ACL against Sandwich next Friday.

22. Mashpee (3-0; Last Week – NA) The Falcons have scored 128 points in their first three games, and it remains to be seen if there's a team on their schedule that can slow down this powerful and explosive running game.

23. St. Mary’s (Lynn) (3-0; Last Week – 23) Spartans rolled to another victory with an impressive 48-8 win over Pope John XXIII on Saturday.

24. Foxborough (2-1; Last Week – NA) Behind an excellent defensive effort and a long kickoff return for a touchdown, the Warriors upended Stoughton, 13-12, last Friday.  

25. Nashoba (3-0; Last Week – 24) After an impressive shutout of Fitchburg, the Chieftans have a short week to prepare for a Thursday night game at up-and-coming Marlboro. 

Last 10 Out: Natick (3-0), Holliston (2-1), Billerica (2-1), Wachusett (3-0), Dennis-Yarmouth (3-0), Shrewsbury (3-0), Milton (2-1), Stoughton (2-1), Millis (2-1), Cardinal Spellman (3-0)

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