Eastern Mass. Football Power Rankings: Week 11
An in-depth look at the top teams in Eastern Mass.
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DIVISIONS 1, 1A
1. (1) Everett (10-0) (1A, Greater Boston League): Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso and the Crimson Tide continued to roll with a 42-20 win over 5-4 Malden. DiBiaso once again proved to be the real deal, as he threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. The Crimson Tide will host 2-7 Cambridge at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
2. (2) BC High (7-3) (1, Catholic Conference): It certainly wasn’t their prettiest outing, but the Eagles fended off 4-5 St. John’s Prep of Danvers 7-0 at home. Quarterback Bartley Regan hit Gordon McLeod for the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes to play. The Eagles will be at 7-1 Catholic Memorial at 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
3. (3) Chelmsford (9-1) (1, Merrimack Valley Conference): Getting past 5-5 Tewksbury is no easy task – just ask Andover – but the Lions did so with ease in a 35-16 rout. Quarterback Colby Emanouil had three TDs in the first half. The Lions will be at 7-3 Billerica at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
4. (4) Catholic Memorial (7-1) (1, Catholic Conference): Quarterback A.J. Doyle threw for three touchdowns in the second quarter and rushed for one more in the fourth, as the Knights took care of 5-5 Xaverian 33-11 on the road. They’ll host 7-3 BC High at 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
5. (6) Weymouth (8-2) (1, Bay State Conference): In large part thanks to quarterback Cam McLevedge, the Wildcats have scored 45 points or more in six of their 10 games. That trend continued last week, as McLevedge threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in an impressive 50-0 rout of 6-4 Framingham. The Wildcats would have jumped up more if it weren’t for the top four teams’ very solid resumes. They’ll be at 9-1 Walpole at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
6. (5) Lincoln-Sudbury (9-1) (1A, Dual County League): In by far their toughest test of the season, the Warriors were shutout by 10-0 Concord-Carlisle 27-0 at home. George Craan and Tyquan Culbreath each had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the visitors. The Warriors will look to bounce back at 0-10 Newton South at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
7. (7) Andover (7-3) (1, Merrimack Valley Conference): Running back Andrew Coke had four touchdowns, including the game winner with 31 seconds left, as the Warriors held off 5-5 Lowell 26-21 at home. They’ll be at 5-5 Central Catholic at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
8. (9) Bridgewater Raynham (7-2) (1A, Old Colony League): Branden Morin ran for two touchdowns and caught two more, as the Trojans bounced back from a 26-20 loss at Barnstable with a 26-0 win over Taunton. They’ll host 5-5 Brockton at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
9. (On the Bubble) Lynn English (8-2) (1A, Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference): Behind two rushing touchdowns from P.J. Dorsey, the Bulldogs beat 8-2 North Andover 24-13 on the road. They’ll host 4-5 Lynn Classical at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
10. (On the Bubble) Needham (7-3) (1, Bay State Conference): After two straight losses, the Rockets bounced back with a 23-8 win over 4-6 Newton North. They’ll travel to 2-8 Wellesley at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
On the Bubble: Xaverian (5-5), Barnstable (6-4), Billerica (7-3), North Andover (8-2)
DIVISIONS 2, 2A
1. (1) Duxbury (10-0) (2, Patriot League): Quarterback Matt O’Keefe accounted for all five of the Green Dragons’ touchdowns in a 34-7 rout of 5-5 Hingham. O’Keefe threw for four and also ran one in. The Green Dragons will host 7-3 Marshfield at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
2. (4) Walpole (9-1) (2A, Bay State Conference): Colton Mitchell proved to have ice in his veins, as he drilled the game-winning, 25-yard field goal for the Rebels with time expiring in a 18-15 win over 8-2 Natick. With the win, the Rebels clinched the Bay State Conference’s Herget Division. Craig Hanley had two rushing touchdowns earlier in the game. The Rebels will host 8-2 Weymouth at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
3. (2) Dennis-Yarmouth (10-0) (2A, Atlantic Coast League): Quarterback Matt Montalto threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more, as the Dolphins stayed perfect with a 42-7 rout of 2-7 Sandwich. They’ll host 7-3 Nauset at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
4. (6) King Philip (8-1) (2, Hockomock League): Running back Charles Ruffin had four rushing touchdowns, as the Warriors walloped 3-6 Canton 37-13 at home. They’ll be at 4-6 Franklin at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
5. (8) North Attleborough (8-1) (2, Hockomock League): The Red Rocketeers made a big statement with an 18-15 win at 8-2 Mansfield. Quarterback Spyro Varetimos had a hand in all of the Red Rocketeers’ touchdowns, as he threw for two and also ran one in. They’ll host 7-3 Attleboro at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
6. (7) Swampscott (9-1) (2A, Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference): As expected, the Big Blue rolled over 1-9 Gloucester 33-15. Quarterback Michael Walsh threw for four touchdowns – two to A.J. Baker and two to Richard Sullivan. Baker also returned a fumble for a score. They’ll be at 7-2 Marblehead at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
7. (5) Natick (8-2) (2A, Bay State Conference): The Red and Blue lost on a late field goal, 18-15, at 9-1 Walpole – and with it lost the Bay State Conference’s Herget Division. Quarterback Troy Flutie rushed for a touchdown and threw for another in the loss. They’ll host Framingham at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
8. (3) Mansfield (8-2) (2, Hockomock League): The Hornets fell 18-15 to 8-1 North Attleborough at home. Greg Donahue accounted for both of the Hornets’ touchdowns. They’ll be at 4-6 Foxborough at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
9. (9) Reading (7-3) (2, Middlesex League): The Rockets trounced 1-8 Winchester 47-0 for their sixth win in a row. Quarterback Drew Belcher threw for a touchdown and ran for two more; Liam Kenneally was on the receiving end of Belcher’s TD pass and ran for another; and Anthony DeSimone had two rushing touchdowns. The Rockets will host 2-8 Stoneham at 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
10. (On the Bubble) Wakefield (8-2) (2A, Middlesex League): The Warriors earned the Middlesex League’s Small Division title with a 39-0 win over 6-4 Watertown. They’ll be at 8-2 Melrose at 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
On the Bubble: Marshfield (7-3), Melrose (8-2), Marblehead (7-2), Attleboro (7-3)
Best of the Rest: DIVISIONS 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 5
1. (1) Concord-Carlisle (10-0) (3, Dual County League): If there was any doubt the Patriots deserved the No. 1 spot – and there wasn’t – they put an end to it last week with an ultra impressive 27-0 win over 9-1 Lincoln Sudbury on the road. George Craan and Tyquan Culbreath each rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the win. The Patriots will host 6-4 Bedford at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving with the Dual County League’s Small Division title on the line.
2. (2) Holliston (8-1) (3, Tri-Valley League): Quarterback Dan Barone ran for two touchdowns and then threw for two more, as the Panthers took a 34-0 lead in the first quarter on way to a 48-28 win over 4-6 Norton. Jake Frechette and Brody Ciarcello had two scores a piece. The Panthers will host 8-2 Westwood at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
3. (3) Cardinal Spellman (10-0) (4, Catholic Central League): The Cardinals went to 8-1 Arlington Catholic and came away with a 29-21 win and the Catholic Central League title. With his team trailing 15-7 to start the second quarter, Cardinals’ running back Pat Hinkley scored rushing touchdowns in the second, third and fourth quarters to lead the comeback. The Cardinals will look to stay perfect at 1-8 Archbishop Williams at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
4. (6) Hopkinton (9-1) (3, Tri-Valley League): Quarterback Mike Decina threw for all of the Hillers six touchdowns in an impressive 42-13 rout of 8-2 Westwood. Alex Hulme was on the receiving end of three of Decina’s TD strikes. The Hillers will host 3-7 Ashland at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
5. (9) Mashpee (10-0) (4, South Shore League): Jared Taylor had two rushing touchdowns, as the Falcons took a 16-0 lead on way to a 16-6 win over previously-undefeated, 9-1 East Bridgewater. The victory gave the Falcons the South Shore League title as well. They’ll be at Sandwich at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
6. (5) Arlington Catholic (8-1) (4, Catholic Central League): The Cougars got out to a 15-7 lead in the first quarter but, ultimately, couldn’t hang on, as they lost 29-21 to Cardinal Spellman at home. They’ll host cross-town rival 3-7 Arlington at 10:15 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
7. (4) East Bridgewater (9-1) (4, South Shore League): The Vikings lost their first game, 16-6 at Masphee, and in doing so lost their shot at the South Shore League title. They’ll host 4-5 Rockland at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
8. (7) Pembroke (9-0) (3, Patriot League): The Titans came back from a 10-0 deficit to beat 6-4 Scituate 32-23 and take the Patriot League Fisher Division title. Luke Nagel threw for two touchdowns and Jon Hooper ran for two more. The Titans will host 1-9 Silver Lake at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
9. (8) Bourne (10-0) (3A, South Coast League): The Canalmen had a 38-13 lead at 2-7 Fairhaven in the fourth quarter before a furious comeback narrowed the final to 38-33. Joe Epps had 250 yards and two TDs on the ground. The Canelmen, who have already clinched the South Coast League, will host 6-3 Wareham at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
10. (10) Millis (9-1) (4, Tri-Valley League): Running back Jim Perkins led the Mohawks with more than 100 yards rushing and two TDs in a 21-13 win over Medfield. The Mohawks will host 6-4 Medway at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
On the Bubble: Westwood (8-2), Hamilton-Wenham (9-0), St. Mary’s (8-2), Newburyport (8-2)
Statistics and results compiled from a variety of media sources, primarily our local Patch.com sites and the Boston.com standings.