Eastern Mass. Football Power Rankings: Week 6
An in-depth look at the top teams in Eastern Mass.
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DIVISIONS 1, 1A
1. (1) Everett (5-0) (1A, Greater Boston League): With Xaverian and BC High on deck, the Crimson Tide could have easily overlooked winless Taunton, but, instead, they came away with a convincing 41-8 victory. Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso threw for five touchdowns, all in the first half, before his father, coach John DiBiaso, called off the dogs. The Tide will host Xaverian at 2 p.m. Saturday in what’s easily the game of the week.
2. (2) BC High (3-2) (1, Catholic Conference): What do you know, the Eagles face another in-state opponent and have another blowout win. The Eagles trounced Central Catholic 41-7 behind senior running back Preston Cooper’s three TDs, including a 57-yard scamper on the first play from scrimmage. The Eagles are now 3-0 against in-state opponents, outscoring them 108-21, and 0-2 against their New Jersey foes. They’ll host Marlborough at 7 p.m. Friday, before their 1:30 p.m. showdown at Everett on Saturday, Oct. 22.
3. (3) Xaverian (4-1) (1, Catholic Conference): The Hawks are going to have to quickly get over blowing a 14-10 late-third-quarter lead against Duxbury (they eventually fell 31-14), as an away game against No. 1 Everett awaits at 2 p.m. Saturday.
4. (4) Catholic Memorial (3-1) (1, Catholic Conference): The Knights looked good once again, beating Hingham 35-14 to make it three in a row. Penn State commit Armani Reeves had two touchdowns (both rushing), as did Boston College commit Donovan Henry (one rushing, one receiving). They’re on a bye week and will next host Malden Catholic at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.
5. (5) Lincoln-Sudbury (5-0) (1A, Dual County League): Running back Brian Carroll managed to find the end zone twice before reserves took over in a 49-6 rout of Waltham. The Warriors will be at Wayland at 7 p.m. Friday.
6. (6) Chelmsford (4-1) (1, Merrimack Valley Conference): Senior running back Eddie Sheridan had four touchdowns (he now has 13 on the year), as the Lions had their highest point total to date in a 56-18 rout of Methuen. The Lions led 42-0 at the half. They have a huge league game this week, as they’ll host Andover at 7 p.m. Friday.
7. (7) Andover (4-1) (1, Merrimack Valley Conference): Quarterback C.J. Scarpa and the Warriors were at it again, going on the road to defeat Lawrence 34-12. Scarpa threw for 220 yards and three TDs and ran for another. Running back Andrew Coke was on the receiving end of one of Scarpa’s TDs and ran for more than 100 yards. The Warriors will have to bring their “A” game once again this week, as they’ll travel to Chelmsford Friday for a 7 p.m. MVC showdown.
8. (8) Weymouth (4-1) (1, Bay State Conference): Gun-slinging QB Cam McLevedge threw for more than 200 yards and five touchdowns – three to receiver Shawn Whouley – in a 35-29 win over Newton North. The Wildcats will face a tough test at 4-1 Natick at 7 p.m. Friday.
9. (9) Billerica (4-1) (1, Merrimack Valley Conference): The Indians avoided being upset by Tewksbury, which is no easy task considering the 2-3 Redmen have already taken down Andover and Central Catholic. For the second week in a row, Matt Clifford took a kick back for a touchdown, this time with about three minutes left and the game tied 14-14. The Indians would win 20-14. They’ll host Dracut at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
10. (10) Needham (4-1) (1, Bay State Conference): Coming off a huge 45-28 win over Weymouth, the Rockets thumped winless Brookline 35-0. Next up, they’ll host winless Milton at 7 p.m. Friday.
On the Bubble: Lowell (4-1), Bridgewater-Raynham (4-1), North Andover (4-1), Dartmouth (5-0)
DIVISIONS 2, 2A
1. (1) Duxbury (5-0) (2, Patriot League): If there was any question the Green Dragons deserved the top spot, they answered it with an impressive 31-14 win over Xaverian. Senior quarterback Matt O’Keefe, a Johns Hopkins lacrosse commit, threw for more than 200 yards, ran for more than 70 and had two TDs. They’ll travel to Scituate Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
2. (2) Walpole (5-0) (2A, Bay State Conference): The Rebels kept rolling with a 14-0 win over 3-2 Norwood. They’ll travel to Wellesley Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.
3. (3) Mansfield (4-1) (2, Hockomock League): The Hornets were able to capitalize on a number of turnovers in a 49-19 win at Sharon. Next up, they’ll host 4-1 Attleboro at 7 p.m. Friday.
4. (4) Dennis-Yarmouth (5-0) (2A, Atlantic Coast League): Quarterback Matt Montalto had a 77-yard TD pass, a 52-yard TD pass and a 54-yard TD run, as the Dolphins beat Plymouth North 27-18. The Dolphins will be at Marshfield at 7 p.m. Friday.
5. (6) Swampscott (5-0) (2A, Cape Ann League): The Big Blue were down 23-12 against Triton late in the third quarter, before they scored, recovered an onside kick and then scored again to take a 24-23 lead. Later, they stuffed a fourth-and-one attempt from the one-yard line, forcing a fumble on the play. They ultimately won 24-23. They’ll face Malden on the road Friday at 7 p.m.
6. (8) King Philip (4-1) (2, Hockomock League): With feature back Charles Ruffin injured on the bench, sophomore quarterback John Dillon stepped up in a 28-13 win at previously undefeated Oliver Ames. Dillon threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. The Warriors will face another undefeated team when they host North Attleborough at 7 p.m. Friday.
7. (9) North Attleborough (5-0) (2, Hockomock League): After Alex Jette blocked what would’ve been a game-winning field goal with three seconds left, quarterback Spyro Varetimos connected with Paul Norris for a touchdown and then a game-ending two-point conversion in overtime, as the Rocketeers came back from an early 14-0 deficit to beat Stoughton 22-21. They’ll look to stay undefeated at King Philip at 7 p.m. Friday.
8. (10) Melrose (5-0) (2A, Middlesex League): Matt DeSimone drilled a 28-year field goal in the fourth quarter, as the Red Raiders edged out Lexington 10-7. The Red Raiders controlled play once again with their tough backfield tandem of Spencer Walsh and C.J. Hanson. They have a key Middlesex League game at Burlington at 7 p.m. Friday.
9. (On the Bubble) Beverly (4-1) (2A, Cape Ann League): The defending Division 3 Super Bowl champs trounced previously undefeated Peabody 34-0 (photos) (video), as running back Brendan Flaherty had more than 100 yards on the ground and three TDs – two rushing and a pick six. They’ll host Masconomet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
10. (On the Bubble) Natick (4-1) (2A, Bay State Conference): The Red and Blue followed up a convincing 34-12 win over Newton North with a 49-19 drumming of Dedham. Troy Flutie threw for more than 100 yards and three TDs and ran for more than 100 yards and one TD, while running back Nick Lee had close to 200 yards on the ground and two TDs. They’ll host Weymouth at 7 p.m. Friday in a key league game for both teams.
On the Bubble: Wakefield (4-1), Dracut (2-3), Whitman-Hanson (4-1), Attleboro (4-1)
Best of the Rest: DIVISIONS 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 5
1. (1) Concord-Carlisle (4-0) (3, Dual County League): Running back George Craan had more than 150 yards rushing and two touchdowns, as the Patriots walloped Boston Latin 35-7. They’ll host 3-2 Westford at 7 p.m. Friday.
2. (2) Holliston (4-1) (3, Tri-Valley League): Quarterback Dan Barone had two rushing touchdowns, running back Jack Frechette three, as the Panthers put up 51 points in a 51-30 win over Bellingham. The Panthers have a bye week, before going to Hopkinton next Friday, Oct. 21, for a huge league game at 7 p.m.
3. (3) East Bridgewater (5-0) (4, South Shore League): Casey DeAndrade had three TDs – one passing, two rushing – William Royal had two – both receiving – as the Vikings stomped Cohasset 36-12 to stay unbeaten. They’ll travel to Carver Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
4. (4) Cardinal Spellman (5-0) (4, Catholic Central League): The Cardinals recorded their third shutout of the season with a 35-0 rout of Coyle & Cassidy. Running back Dan Kustka had three TDs. They’ll host Seekonk at 7 p.m. Friday.
5. (5) Hopkinton (5-0) (3, Tri-Valley League): Quarterback Mike Decina threw for three TDs in the Hillers 28-7 win over Dover-Sherborn. The Hillers will host Norton at 2 p.m. Saturday.
6. (6) St. Mary’s (5-0) (4, Catholic Central League): Todd Collier went for more than 120 yards on the ground and three TDs, as the Spartans defeated North Shore 40-8 – continuing their streak of 40 or more points, now in four straight games. They’ll host Arlington Catholic at 7 p.m. Saturday in an enormous Catholic Central League contest.
7. (7) Westwood (5-0) (3, Tri-Valley League): The Wolverines stayed undefeated with a 28-7 win at Medfield. Quarterback Glenn Parsons had two TDs – one passing, one rushing. They’ll host Millis at 7 p.m. Friday.
8. (8) Arlington Catholic (4-0) (4, Catholic Central League): The Cougars had a bye week giving them extra time to prepare for St. Mary’s. They’ll square off against the Spartans at 7 p.m. Saturday on the road.
9. (10) Pembroke (4-0) (3, Patriot League): The Titans sent Martha’s Vineyard packing with a 19-7 win. Running back Jon Hooper had more than 150 yards on the ground and two TDs. They’ll be at 4-1 Whitman-Hanson at 7 p.m. Friday in a key league game.
10. (On the Bubble) Triton (3-2) (3A, Cape Ann League): Yes, the Vikings lost but moved up with a narrow 24-23 overtime defeat at Swampscott. They’ll be at Danvers at 7 p.m. Friday.
On the Bubble: Bourne (5-0), Mashpee (5-0), Oliver Ames (3-1), Millis (5-0)
Statistics and results compiled from a variety of media sources, primarily our local Patch.com sites. Click on the links throughout to see the full game recaps.