Everett loss puts rankings in flux after first week of postseason – Boston 25 News

DEDHAM, Massachusetts – The first week of the postseason is over in Massachusetts High School Football, and as it passes, new leaderboards will come for the top teams in the Commonwealth. There was a major shock for the second week in a row after another senior squad fell to an unrated opponent.

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This time it was Everett High School when the Crimson Tide (7-1) fell from 2nd place a week ago to 9th place this week after losing just under 25:22 to Methuen in the first round of the Division 1 Super Bowl had playoffs. It was Everett’s first loss of the season. The Crimson Tide’s place as the No. 2 team in Massachusetts is taken over by Lincoln-Sudbury (8-0), who jumped one place after their 42-0 shutout win against Wellesley in the first round of Division 1.

The undefeated Catholic Memorial Knights (9-0), one of only two schools to maintain their rankings from last week, continued as the number one roster in the Commonwealth. In the first round of the Division 2 playoffs, the Knights knocked out the Woburn Tanners 41-0.

The only other team to maintain the same ranking as a week ago were the No. 4 Franklin Panthers (8-0). Franklin dominated Braintree in their first round matchup in the Division 1 field and led the Wamps 42-6.

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The No. 3 Central Catholic Raiders continued their rise this week, advancing two places after beating Weymouth in the first round of Division 1 by 35:14. No. 5 Xaverian (7-2) and No. 6 St. John’s Prep (7-2) also improved by two places each after the Hawks more than doubled Brockton (48-21) while the Eagles Shrewsbury (28-21) -0) faded out; both teams moved up in the Division 1 postseason.

The No. 8 Marblehead Magicians (8-0) also jumped two places and remained undefeated thanks to a 21-7 win over Norwood in the first round of Division 3.

Besides No. 9 Everett, the only other teams to fall behind in the rankings were No. 7 Reading (9-0) and No. 10 Marshfield (8-1). Both teams were still winning last week as the Rockets outlasted Bishop Feehan (25-23) in the first round of Division 2 while the Rams beat Beverly (37) in the same playoff round.

Methuen (7-2), King Phillip (7-1), Scituate (8-1) and Natick (8-1) also received votes this week.

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