Mass Prep Stars MIAA & NEPSAC Football Poll 10/9/16
Welcome to our second Mass Prep Stars MIAA Top 25 & NEPAC Top 10 Poll of the 2016 Fall season.
While the top teams held strong in both polls this week, there was some movement in the top 10. Haverhill, St. John's Prep and Dartmouth picked up big wins over ranked teams in the MIAA and moved up in our polls, while Cheshire and Deerfield moved up in the NEPSAC poll.
MIAA Top 25
1. Duxbury (5-0) Another blistering night for the state's most prolific offense, as the Dragons routed previously-unbeaten Patriot League rival Silver Lake. Quarterback Bobby Maimaron (10 of 19 passing, 178 yards, 4 TD; 8 carries, 63 yards, 2 TD) continues his frenetic pace.
2. Xaverian (4-1) Longtime head coach Charlie Stevenson picked up his 200th career win Friday against one of the Hawks' biggest rivals, rallying for 22 unanswered second half points in a 28-7 win over Brockton.
3. Billerica (5-0) Indians scored at least 35 points for the fourth time in five games, getting a big night from Derek Laundry (4 TDs) in a 35-8 win over MVC rival North Andover.
4. Everett (3-2) Easy night of work for the Crimson Tide as they skated past Medford 49-0 to open GBL play.
5. BC High (4-0) Eagles disposed Malden Catholic all to easily on Friday night, getting a combined five touchdowns from quarterback Connor Cady and running back Danny Abraham in a 59-6 rout.
6. Haverhill (4-1) The MVC has been full of roundhouse kicks so far, and the Hillies are one of the week's biggest winners after delivering an upset of Central Catholic, paced by two second-half rushing scores from JC Laguerre.
7. Central Catholic (3-1) Raiders take a slide in the polls following surprise loss to Haverhill, but they are still looking in good shape for playoff time.
8. St. John's Prep (3-2) Eagles move to 2-0 in the Catholic Conference following a high-scoring 37-27 win over Catholic Memorial. Can they slow down the heavy-handed BC High rushing attack?
9. Dartmouth (5-0) Indians delivered one of week's biggest haymakers with 13-6 upset of Bridgewater-Raynham, their first win over their Old Colony League Rivals since All-American Artie Lynch was on the line of scrimmage, all the way back in 2008.
10. Bridgewater-Raynham (3-2) Tough to punish the Trojans too much after Friday's loss to Dartmouth. They still have a big win over Xaverian to their name.
11. St. John's (Shrewsbury) (4-1) Steve Bucciaglia's one-yard plunge with under a minute to go gave the Pioneers a thrilling win over cross-town rival Shrewsbury. They'll have their hands full next week with Wachusett.
12. King Philip (5-0) Shane Frommeer (3 TD) turned in an impressive three quarters as the Warriors cruised past rival Franklin, 35-13.
13. Andover (3-2) We talk so much about the Golden Warriors' air attack, but on Friday it was the ground game that did the most damage. They punished Methuen for 357 rushing yards, led by EJ Perry (167 passing yards, 149 rushing yards, 6 total TD), as part of a 543-yard offensive outpouring in a 48-13 win.
14. Catholic Memorial (2-3) Knights get benefit of a tough schedule here, but they will have opportunity to pick themselves up over the next two weeks.
15. Tewksbury (5-0) Redmen survived a close one with Lawrence, 20-18, but could very well sit at 6-0 after next weekend's visit to Chelmsford.
16. Holliston (4-1) After last week's upset, Panthers took their revenge out on TVL rival Hopkinton, erasing a four-point halftime deficit to win 51-32.
17. Grafton (5-0) Indians may have just hurdled themselves into the driver's seat for D3 Central after grinding out a 7-0 win over defending state champ Northbridge.
18. Springfield Central (3-2) Golden Eagles back to their dominant ways with a 49-7 thrashing of Holyoke, led by three scores from Tank Walker.
19. Falmouth (5-0) An historic season for the Clippers got even better after rolling Dennis-Yarmouth 53-13 Friday night, leading 40-0 at the half and never looking back. They have an inside track to their first Atlantic Coast League title in quite some time.
20. North Attleboro (4-1) Red Rocketeers sprinted to an easy 41-0 rout of Sharon, led by three touchdowns from Nick Rajotte.
21. Mansfield (3-2) Hornets picked up a much needed Hockomock League win with a 29-27 thriller over Taunton.
22. Milton (4-1) Wildcats got back on track with 28-20 win over Norwood, led by solid nights from Owen Keaney (19 of 30, 250 yards, 2 TD) and William Crowley (6 catches, 93 yards, TD).
23. Hanover (5-0) Indians survived a comeback attempt from Scituate to win a 42-34 shootout, as they continue to round into contender form.
24. Lexington (5-0) Minutemen off to their first 5-0 start in over a decade after surviving 28-27 thriller over Winchester, led by four touchdown passes from Boston College baseball commit Sal Frelick.
25. Wachusett (5-0) Two second quarter touchdowns from Sam Brewer gave Mountaineers all the cushion they needed in a 35-8 rout of Doherty. A huge tilt next Saturday at archrival St. John's will be appointment viewing.
Next Group up (alphabetical):
Chicopee Comp 5-0
Shepherd Hill (2-3)
St. Mary's 5-0
West Boylston (4-1)
NEPSAC Top 10
1. Lawrence Academy (3-0) – The train keeps moving forward in Groton, as Michigan-bound AJ Dillon ran for 220 yards and five touchdowns in a big 41-21 win over No. 9 Milton Academy. LA’s schedule keeps churning out quality opponents, as they have 10:30 match-up at St. Seb’s (3-1) next Saturday. Mass Prep Stars will be there with live updates and coverage.
2. Choate Rosemary Hall School (4-0) – Choate continues to put up impressive offensive numbers, and Saturday was no different, as they defeated Phillips Andover 49-7. The Wild Boars have scored an eye-popping 173 points through four games.
3. Cheshire Academy (2-2) – Cheshire moved up two spots in our poll, as they earned their second consecutive victory, with a 44-21 victory over Suffield. After starting 2016 with narrow losses to No. 1 Lawrence Academy, and No. 2 Choate the Wildcats seem to have found their rhythm, with two straight wins. They will
4. Brunswick School (4-0) – Brunswick held on for a narrow 27-26 win over Kent School in a battle for positioning in our early NEPSAC poll.
5. Trinity-Pawling School (3-0) – T-P improved to 3-0 with a big 51-20 win over a tough Taft team. Williston-Northampton comes to Pawling, NY next Saturday in another big NEPSAC tilt.
6. Suffield Academy (2-1) – Suffield dripped their first game of the 2016 season to Cheshire and will look to bounce back with a Friday night home game vs. Phillips Exeter.
7. Salisbury School (2-1) – The Bearcats suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, as they lost a 37-27 game to Hotchkiss. They will look to right the ship next Saturday when they travel to No. 8 Avon Old Farms.
8. Avon Old Farms (2-1) – AOF picked up a big 28-19 victory over a tough Williston-Northampton squad on Saturday. AOF will travel to Hotchkiss next Saturday and face a tough Hotchkiss team, who upset Salisbury to pick up their first win of the season.
9. Milton Academy (2-1) – There is certainly no shame in a 20-point loss to No. 1 Lawrence Academy. Milton Academy will look to rebound next week, as they face BB&N for an important game in the ISL and NEPSAC landscape.
10. Deerfield Academy (2-1) – Deerfield enters our poll for the first time after defeating Worcester Academy 13-12 on Saturday. Deerfield and Loomis battle on Saturday for a certain position in our Top 10.
Next up (alphabetical)
Belmont Hill (2-1)
Hambden Hall (5-0)
Loomis Chaffee School (3-2)
St. Paul's (3-0)
St. Sebastian’s (3-1)
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