Monday, September 10, 2018

MIAA Football: Top 25 Poll Week One

Catholic Memorial moves up to No. 4 in our poll following a statement win in week one.

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

With week one in the books, SuiteSports is ready to release its first regular season MIAA Football Top 25 Poll as selected by its panel of writers, correspondents and editors.

The biggest jump of the week comes from Duxbury (No. 11) who moves up nine spots following its impressive win over Bridgewater-Raynham. Joining the poll this week is Barnstable (No. 20) and Whitman-Hanson (No. 24).

We will have more high school football coverage throughout the week, but for now here is our updated MIAA Football Top 25 Poll.

1. Everett (1-0; Last Week: 1) Crimson Tide showcased plenty of that highly anticipated offensive firepower in their week one win over Xaverian.

2. Lincoln-Sudbury (1-0; Last Week: 2) Lincoln-Sudbury firmly asserted itself as the favorite in Div. 2 with a 35-7 blowout win over Springfield Central. James Dillon will be fun to watch all season long.

3. Mansfield (1-0; Last Week: 4) Mansfield picked up a key road win to open the season versus a young BC High group. Now, the Hornets will try to raise eyebrows versus the No. 1 Crimson Tide.

4. Catholic Memorial (1-0; Last Week: 5) The John DiBiasio era in West Roxbury got off to a soaring start as the Knights handily defeated defending Div. 3 Super Bowl champ St. John's Shrewsbury on Saturday night.

5. Xaverian (0-1; Last Week: 2) Xaverian came up just short versus Everett on Friday, but showed it may just have the ingredients to take them down later on if given the chance. 

6. North Andover (1-0; Last Week: 7) The Scarlet Knights fired on all cylinders in their win over Woburn to begin the season.

7. St. John's Prep (1-0; Last Week: 8) After the Eagles' 43-14 win over Haverhill on Friday night, I think its fair to say they pose the biggest challenge to Everett in Div. 1 North.

8. Mashpee (1-0; Last Week: 11) You would have thought the Falcons 2017 season was still going with the way Friday night went. 

9. North Attleboro (1-0; Last Week: 12) North Attleboro halted the longest winning streak in Massachusetts on Friday, coming through with a key defensive stop late to knock off King Philip.

10. Doherty (1-0; Last Week: 13) The Highlanders embraced being in a big game on the road to open the season, holding off a gritty Wachusett team, 14-7.

11. Duxbury (1-0; Last Week: 20) The biggest jump in our poll this week belongs to Duxbury, who climb nine spots after looking awfully impressive in a 26-point win over Bridgewater-Raynham. John Roberts to Will Prouty is something PA announcers should get used to saying. 

12. King Philip (0-1; Last Week: 6) King Philip has to experience what its like to bounce back from a loss for the first time in nearly two calendar years. 

13. Shrewsbury (1-0; Last Week: 14) Colonials certainly lived up to the preseason hype on Friday night, cruising to a 34-13 win.

14. St. John's Shrewsbury (0-1; Last Week: 9) St. John's Shrewsbury struggled at times in its loss to Catholic Memorial, but showed signs it could be one of the top contenders in Div. 3 come November. 

15. Needham (1-0; Last Week: 18) The Rockets showed that they have the weapons on offense to compete with anyone in the South in a win over Natick. I am pretty sure Tyler Reid is still running.

16. Central Catholic (1-0; Last Week: 15) Central Catholic did what it had to do and took care of business against Dartmouth on opening night. 

17. Brockton (1-0; Last Week: 19) The Boxers are certainly improved from their 3-8 mark a year ago. Derek Williams is still going.

18. Springfield Central (0-1; Last Week: 10) It was a tough Friday night for Central as they fell victim to a vicious Lincoln-Sudbury rushing attack. They have a chance to get some revenge from 2017 on Friday against Saint John's. 

19. Hingham (1-0; Last Week: 21) Ground-and-pound got the job done on Friday in a key non-league win over Foxboro.

20. Barnstable (1-0; Last Week: NR) A new entrant into the field, Barnstable raised eyebrows with a 20-13 win over Dennis-Yarmouth on Friday night. The Raiders have a chance to further themselves as a contender when they square up with Braintree this week.  

21. Natick (0-1; Last Week: 17) The Redhawks have little time to wallow after Friday night's loss to Needham with Brockton on the schedule this time around.

22. Tewksbury (1-0; Last Week: 23) Jay Connolly showed no signs of off-season rust in a big week one performance. 

23. Lynn Classical (1-0; Last Week: 24) Speaking of quarterbacks, Keith Ridley stole the spotlight in week one throwing for 241 yards and four touchdowns.

24. Whitman-Hanson (1-0; Last Week: NR) The Panthers left little doubt about their ability to take the rest of the state by storm in a dominant win over Marshfield to begin the season. 

25. Dennis-Yarmouth (0-1; Last Week: 16) The defending Super Bowl champions struggled offensively in a week one loss to Barnstable. 

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