Mass Prep Stars MIAA & NEPSAC Football Poll 10/16/16
Welcome to our third Mass Prep Stars MIAA Top 25 & NEPAC Top 10 Poll of the 2016 Fall season.
The top teams held strong again in both polls this week. This upcoming week should be an exciting one, as many top teams going to battle in both the MIAA and NEPSAC. Stay tuned for our weekend coverage this weekend!
MIAA Top 25
1. Duxbury (6-0) Dragons have scored at least 42 points in every game this season. Friday’s 52-7 rout of Quincy was their second straight going over the 50 mark.
2. Xaverian (5-1) Hawks’ 35-6 rout of Malden Catholic puts them in a good spot for yet another first-round home game in D1 South. The top seed isn’t out of reach, either.
3. Billerica (6-0) Indians had their way with Groton-Dunstable on Friday night, and now will have their hands full this weekend as they visit Tewksbury with an MVC title on the line.
4. Everett (4-2) Last year, Malden did the unthinkable in upsetting the Crimson Tide for the first time in a quarter-century, ending their two-decade run as GBL champs. Everett will have vengeance on its mind this week.
5. St. John’s Prep (4-2) Rumors of the Eagles’ demise are greatly exaggerated. Mike Yarin (4 TDs) led the Prep to a surprise upset of high-scoring BC High and its vaunted run game, putting them in good position for a first-round home game in D1 North.
6. Haverhill (5-1) Another dominant night on the ground from JC Laguerre (192 yards, TD) and a near-perfect night through the air from QB Broughean McGovern (11 of 13, 192 yards, 2 TD) delivered the Hillies’ first win over Andover since 2002, and gives them the inside track at MVC hardware.
7. BC High (4-1) Eagles took a surprise upset at the hands of St. John’s Prep, and the road doesn’t get any easier this week with a meeting with Xaverian for positioning in D1 South.
8. Central Catholic (5-1) By virtue of their bye week, Raiders currently hold the No. 1 spot over Haverhill – a team that beat them two weeks ago – in D1 North. But a lot can change over the next week, especially with the Raiders facing rival Andover this week.
9. Dartmouth (6-0) Cole Jacobsen (184 yards, 3 TD) breezed the Indians to an easy shutout of New Bedford. Right now, they’re in a deadlock with Duxbury for the top seed in D2 South. Assuming both teams win out next week (Duxbury vs. Hingham, Dartmouth vs. Barnstable), it could come down to their schedule for who gets the top seed.
10. Bridgewater-Raynham (4-2) A win over St. John’s Prep this weekend could go a long way – and bring a lot of points – for the Trojans, who are currently looking up in D1A South despite an impressive resume.
11. King Philip (6-0) Warriors clinched at least a share of the Hockomock Kelly-Rex title thanks to the efforts of Shane Frommer (19 carries, 102 yards, 2 TD) in a 36-13 win over Attleboro. Warriors are currently looking at the top seed in D1A South.
12. Catholic Memorial (3-3) After shutting out Malden last weekend, 35-0, Knights can make it a clean city sweep this week with a win over Malden Catholic, which would keep them in good footing in D1 South.
13. Tewksbury (6-0) Redmen’s highly-anticipated showdown Saturday with Billerica will determine the No. 1 seed in D2 North, and decide the champion for their side of the Merrimack Valley Conference.
14. Wachusett (6-0) Mountaineers climb 11 spots after delivering one of the weekend’s biggest upsets, taking down rival St. John’s thanks to two TD passes from Mike Fiorelli. And now, they hold the top seed in D2 Central.
15. Holliston (5-1) Panthers completed just four passes but were dominant on the ground as they cruised to a 28-7 win over Norton. A win over Medway this week should assure them a first round home game in D3 South.
16. St. John’s (Shrewsbury) (4-2) Pioneers took step back with loss to Wachusett, but they’re still going to be one of the teams to beat in D2 Central come playoff time.
17. Grafton (6-0) With a dominant 40-12 win over Tantasqua, Indians are off to their first 6-0 start since 1977. A meeting with Auburn in two weeks should decide who gets the No. 1 overall seed in D3 Central.
18. Springfield Central (4-2) Tank Walker (198 yards, 3 TD) and Coreese Everett (2 total TD) were brilliant in the Golden Eagles’ 56-0 rout of Minnechaug. Chicopee Comp is currently slotted as the top seed in D2 West, but a win this week would turn the tables.
19. Falmouth (6-0) D2A, beware – the Clippers’ triple option is rolling. They’ve scored 140 points over the last 12 quarters, including a 42-26 win over Scituate, and have scored at least 40 points in four of their six contests so far.
20. Andover (3-3) With Methuen and Malden on their tail, Golden Warriors could use a victory this weekend over rival Central Catholic to firm their footing in D1 North. The last time these two played, EJ Perry IV set the state single-game passing record in a shootout loss. Can they reverse fortune?
21. North Attleboro (5-1) Chad Peterson’s two TD passes lifted the Red Rocketeers to a 35-7 win over Canton, which has assured them a piece of the Hockomock Davenport title.
22. Milton (5-1) Led by a near-perfect night from QB Owen Keaney (6 of 7, 137 yards, 3 TD) and a dominant rushing effort from Koby Osazee (10 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD), Wildcats exploded for a season-high 47 points as they rolled Dedham, setting up a winner-take-all matchup with Wellesley for the Bay State Herget title for the second straight season.
23. Mansfield (4-2) Hornets dominated Franklin, 42-7, which keeps them in good footing for a first round home game in D1A South.
24. Hanover (6-0) The Indians’ weekend started with a high note, shutting out Pembroke 37-0, and ended on another one, as one of the state’s top offensive linemen, Pat Flynn, verbally committed to UNH on Sunday night.
25. Lexington (6-0) Minutemen assured themselves Middlesex League hardware for the first time in over a decade after shutting out Arlington 30-0.
Next Group up (alphabetical):
Chicopee Comp (6-0)
St. Mary’s (Lynn) (6-0)
NEPSAC Top 10
1. Lawrence Academy (4-0) – It took a late AJ Dillon '17 touchdown run to lift the Spartans to a hard-fought win over St. Sebastian’s (3-2) Check out some video of the action from Mass Prep Stars here. BB&N is up next for LA.
2. Choate Rosemary Hall School (4-0) – Choate had a bye week this week, and remains No. 2 in our poll, after defeating Phillips Andover 49-7 last Saturday. The Wild Boars have scored an eye-popping 173 points through their first four games. They will travel to Worcester Academy on Saturday for a 5 p.m. match-up.
3. Cheshire Academy (4-2) – Cheshire seems to be clicking on all cylinders, as they defeated Phillips Andover 47-12, to win their fourth game in a row. No. 10 Loomis-Chaffee is up next on the schedule this Saturday.
4. Trinity-Pawling School (4-0) – T-P improved to 4-0 with a big 61-0 win over Williston-Northampton. T-P heads to Hotchkiss (1-3) on Saturday in a tougher match-up than records may indicate.
5. Suffield Academy (3-1) – Suffield had a nice bounce back week, after dropping thier first game of the 2016 season.They defeated Phillips Exeter 27-7 on Friday night. They will look to make it two-in-a-row this Saturday, as they play host to Phillips Andover.
6. Salisbury School (3-1) – The Bearcats rebounded from their first loss of the season, by defeating Kent 32-6 on Saturday. Salisbury travels to Brunswick on Saturday in a "game-of-the-week" match-up between No. 6 and No.7.
7. Brunswick School (4-1) – Brunswick dropped their first game of the season on Saturday to Taft, 29-26. Brunswick will look to rebound with a huge match-up against No. 6 Salisbury on Saturday.
8. Avon Old Farms (3-1) – AOF picked up another big win on Saturday, as they defeated a tough Hotchkiss team 20-12. AOF will travel to Taft School on Saturday for a 3:15 p.m. kickoff.
9. Milton Academy (3-1) – Milton rebounded well after a loss to Lawrence Academy, by defeating BB&N on Friday night in a great ISL battle.
10. Loomis-Chaffee (3-2) – Loomis enters our poll for the first time after defeating previous No. 10 Deerfield 45-42 on Saturday. They will face a big test this Saturday, as they host Cheshire Academy at 3:30 on Saturday.
Next up (alphabetical)
Belmont Hill (3-1)
Deerfield Academy (2-2)
Governor’s Academy (3-1)
Hamden Hall (6-0)
St. Sebastian’s (3-2)
Worcester Academy (2-2)
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