Monday, October 9, 2017

MIAA Football Top 25: Week 6

Despite a loss to rival St. John's (Shrewsbury), senior athlete Chris Campbell and his Shrewsbury Colonials appear in our poll for the first time this season. Most known as a receiver and defensive back, Campbell also hurt the Pioneers with his arm last Friday night.
Our midseason rankings of the best teams in the state, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 10/9)

1. Everett (4-0; Last Week – 1 ) An early fumble proved the only blip in Everett’s latest romp over MIAA competition, as the Crimson Tide rolled past Lowell for a decisive 55-27 victory at Cawley Stadium on Friday night.

2. BC High (5-0; Last Week – 2 ) No issues for the Eagles in the conference opener, will Danny Abraham and company be able to run wild with St. John’s Prep visiting next Friday?

3. Central Catholic (5-0; Last Week – 3) The Raiders are outscoring co-leader in the MVC Lowell by just one point, yet are giving up 187 points fewer this season. We’ll see if that defense stands up against Lowell at Cawley Stadium next Friday.

4. St. John's (Shrewsbury) (5-0; Last Week – 4) Pioneers outlasted crosstown rival Shrewsbury in a thrilling 46-35 decision to remain undefeated through five weeks. Quarterback Steven Bucciaglia, receiver Cole Drugotch and their running mates may just be the most explosive offense in the state, and opposing teams should probably avoid kicking off to sophomore Eamonn Dennis, who has showne he can score from anywhere on the field.

5. Lexington (5-0; Last Week – 6) With a 42-7 win over Arlington, Lexington continued to show its chops as a complete team, capable of complimenting difference-making quarterback Sal Frelick. 

6. King Philip (5-0; Last Week – 5) Showing vulnerability for the second straight week, the Warriors rallied back for a game-tying touchdown with four minutes left and squeaked past Franklin, 17-14, on a Cole Baker field goal as time expired. The Warriors just keep finding ways to win, as they've now rattled off a state-best 18 victories in a row.

7. Marshfield (4-1; Last Week – 7) Rams took care of Sandwich on the road and have their sights set on slowing down the high-powered Dennis-Yarmouth offense in another tough road test next week.

8. St. John's Prep (3-2; Last Week – 8) Their 35-17 win at Catholic Memorial was a great debut for this new-look Eagles offense, but Friday’s trip to James Cotter Field at BC High will show us if SJP can hang with the best in the Catholic Conference.

9. Bridgewater-Raynham (4-1; Last Week – 9) Devante Greaves returned and ran for 131 yards on 22 carries to power the Trojans past rival Dartmouth, 35-16.

10. Duxbury (4-1; Last Week – 10) The Dragons hung 61 points in a win at Silver Lake. That first team offense is really beginning to click under new quarterback John Roberts. 

11. Lynn Classical (5-0; Last Week – 13) Going into Danvers on senior night, it was Rams junior quarterback Keith Ridley who put on a show, rushing for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in a huge NEC win for Classical.

12. Xaverian (2-3; Last Week – 12) Hawks got back to their defensive roots in a 31-0 shutout of visiting Brockton last Friday. They’ll face Malden Catholic before looking to reassert their dominance in D1 South with a road game at BC High.

13. North Attleborough (4-1; Last Week – 11) Stopping an extra point attempt and recovering an onside kick allowed the Red Rocketeers to edge Foxborough, 14-13, and grab the inside track towards a Hockomock League Davenport title.

14. Marblehead (5-0; Last Week – 14) Magicians held Malden’s offense in check for their fifth win of the year, but now face a murderers’ row of NEC opponents in Gloucester, Danvers and Swampscott.

15. Tewksbury (4-1; Last Week – 18) The Redmen defense barely gave an inch during a 21-0 win over Lawrence last Friday. They’ll look to repeat that shutout when Chelmsford comes to town on Saturday. 

16. Lincoln-Sudbury (5-0; Last Week – 19) Another week, and another monstrous performance for the Warriors versatile rushing attack. They’ll look to make a statement next week at archrival Acton-Boxborough.

17. Natick (5-0; Last Week – 24) Huge jump for the Redhawks after their 33-8 statement win at rival Walpole.

18. St. Mary’s (Lynn) (5-0; Last Week – 20) There is no more explosive offense in all of Division 7. Another trip to the Super Bowl seems to be in the cards for Calvin Johnson and the Spartans.

19. Lynn English (5-0; Last Week – NA) Led by junior quarterback and safety Matt Severance, the Bulldogs grabbed a stranglehold on the NEC South division with a 36-7 win at Swampscott.

20. Dennis-Yarmouth (5-0; Last Week – NA) Apparently the Dolphins can hang points on defenses in any division, as they pasted Falmouth, 42-6, to remain undefeated. Up next is a tougher still test against Marshfield. 

21. Billerica (3-2; Last Week – NA) Great to see a young Indians team bounce back from a decisive loss to D1 power Central Catholic with a huge 28-21 win at North Andover.

22. Masphee (5-0; Last Week – 22) Huge watermark game for a pair of programs coming up next Saturday as undefeated Mashpee hosts the best Nantucket team we’ve seen in some time.

23. Mansfield (4-1; Last Week – 23) Hornets bounced back for a disappointing loss to King Philip with a 39-17 win over Taunton. 

24. Shrewsbury (4-1; Last Week – NA) The Colonials actually debut in our poll following a loss, as they took St. John's (Shrewsbury) to the wire Friday night, thanks to the play of quarterback Drew Campanale, athlete Chris Campbell, and a pair of underrated lines.

25. Nashoba (5-0; Last Week – 25) While the opposition lacks experience, shutting out Algonquin, 21-0, asserts the continued strength of the Chieftans defense.

Last 10 Out:  Shepherd Hill (4-1), North Andover (4-1), Catholic Memorial (2-3), Danvers (4-1), Lowell (4-1), Melrose (5-0), Methuen (3-2), Middleborough (5-0), Nantucket (5-0),  Reading (3-2)

1 comment :

MVCobserver said...

Lowell and Methuen are both considerably better than Billerica. I'll bet you 20 nickels you'll agree by season's end.