Friday, November 17, 2017

SuiteSports & MassLive Preview the Central vs West MIAA Football State Semifinals

St. John's super soph Eamonn Dennis has emerged as one of the state's best kick returners, and most explosive receivers.
By SuiteSports Staff

The MIAA football playoffs are, for lack of a better word, weird.

Since no Central or Western Mass teams compete in Divisions 1 or 2, the North and South champs for those divisions already know they're going to Gillette.

But, as a new wrinkle of realignment this year, Western Mass teams only compete in four divisions (D3, D5, D7 and D8), which means that Division 4 Central champion Nashoba and Division 6 Central champion Littleton can also start making travel plans for Foxboro.

This new alignment sets up six different Eastern Mass finals in Divisions 3-8 (we'll preview those soon enough), and four Central vs West state semifinals that are always hard to predict. Why? Well, unlike in Eastern Mass where media outlets cover the North and the South pretty evenly, there really isn't an outlet that covers both Central and Western Mass.

That's why we're thrilled that MassLive, who does a fantastic job covering Western Mass high school sports, reached out to our Editor-in-Chief Joe Parello to get his thoughts on all the Central Mass state semifinalists.

Click here to read a full preview of all four games, including Joe's thoughts on the CMass squads, plus MassLive's Mark Chiarelli's break downs of all sectional champions from Western Mass.

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