Locks of the Week….

Duxbury over Quincy – The offensively challenged Presidents can’t keep up with Duxbury’s high powered offense led by Bobby Maimaron and Devin Demeritt.

BC High over St. John’s Prep – SJP will put up a battle at home on Saturday but the BC High running game behind Connor Cady and Danny Abraham will be the difference as they remain on top of the D1 South standings.

King Phillip over Attleboro – Watch out for Attleboro at home but the Warriors defense is the difference in this game.

Falmouth over Scituate – If you like offense this is the game for you on Friday night as Falmouth looks to outscore a good Scituate team.

Andover over Haverhill – In this huge D1 North showdown EJ Perry and Andover are too much on offense for Haverhill to keep up with.

Newton North over Weymouth – Newton North can clinch the Bay State Carey Division with a win over Weymouth on Saturday and remain in the hunt in the D1 South playoff race.

Catholic Memorial over Malden – CM defense keeps Malden QB Jared Martino in check as the Knights try and improve their standing in D1 South.

Wellesley over Norwood – Wellesley defense too much for the Mustangs.

Natick over Walpole – Could be another defensive game for Walpole but give the edge to Natick with their running game and playing at home.

 

ITHMA Power Rankings (10/12/16)…

  1. Duxbury (5-0) – QB Bobby Maimaron and crew lit up Silver Lake 55-14 and remain undefeated and the top seed in D2 South. This week the Dragons face Quincy on Friday night. Next up: Quincy Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  2. BC High (4-0) – A dominating 59-6 win over Malden Catholic keeps the Eagles as the top ranked team in D1 South. This Saturday they travel to St. John’s Prep in one of the top match-ups of the week which features BC High Tackle Patrick Watson versus SJP DE/TE Declan Burt. Next up: At St. John’s Prep Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  3. Xaverian (5-0) – Trailed early on but settled in and came back to beat Brockton by a score of 28-7. This week they get Malden Catholic as Dartmouth bound G Jake Guidone and the Hawks try and chase down BC High and Newton North in a very competitive D1 South playoff race. Next up: At Malden Catholic Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  4. Billerica (5-0) – Took care of business beating North Andover 35-8 and remain undefeated. This week DE Scott Murphy and the Indians get baseball powerhouse 2-4 Groton-Dunstable. Next up: Groton-Dunstable Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  5. Dartmouth (5-0) – Went on the road and upset Bridgewater-Raynham in a low scoring 13-6 game as they remain in the undefeated club as well. LB Liam Caulfield and crew led the way with a smothering defense. Next up: Home on Friday night at 7:00 PM versus New Bedford.
  6. King Phillip (5-0) – Remain on top of the D1A South standings with a big 35-13 win over Franklin. They now travel to 3-2 Attleboro who have turned things around recently with back to back wins. Next up: At Attleboro Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  7. Bridgewater-Raynham (3-2) – Lost at home in a close one to a very good Dartmouth team so they slip a few spots in this week’s rankings. RB Shawn Noel, Jr. hopes to lead BR back to their winning ways this week versus Barnstable.Next up: At Barnstable Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  8. Falmouth (5-0) – Jumps a few spots as QB Nick Couhig and the Clippers ran over Dennis-Yarmouth by a score of 53-13 and stay on top of the D2A South standings. Next up: At home versus a good Scituate team Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  9. Lexington (5-0) – QB Sal Frelick, WR Spencer Kendall and Lexington hang on to win by a point as Liam Fitzpatrick and Winchester went for the win going for a two point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Gutsy call but Lexington prevailed 28-27. They travel to play the 0-5 Arlington Spy Ponders this week. Next up: At Arlington Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  10. Central Catholic (4-1) – Lost on the road to a very good Haverhill team by a score of 21-10. QB Brett Edwards hopes to turn things around for Central as they travel to Lowell this week. Next up: At Lowell Saturday night at 7:00 PM.
  11. St. John’s Shrewsbury (4-1) – Held on in a close 38-35 game against crosstown rival Shrewsbury. Keep an eye on DE Flynn McGilvray as St. John’s plays 5-0 Wachusett this Saturday. Next up: Home versus Wachusett Saturday at 1:00 PM.
  12. Haverhill (4-1) – Pull out a big 21-10 win over tenth ranked Central and move up in the rankings This week QB Broghean McGovern tries to keep up with QB EJ Perry and Andover in one of the best games of the week. Next up: Home versus Andover Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  13. Everett (3-2) – QB Jordan McAfee helped them beat Medford 49-0 as they try and stay near the top of the D2 North Standings. Next up: Home versus Somerville Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  14. Hanover (5-0) – Beat a high scoring Scituate team 42-34 last week with RB Brad Rogers leading the way. This week they travel to 3-2 Pembroke. Next up: At Pembroke Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  15. St. John’s Prep (3-2) – QB Mike Yarin and the Rockett brothers helped the Eagles pull out a big 28-21 win over Catholic Memorial but now have to face top ranked BC High and their defense led by DE Jeff Wolff and MLB TJ Rothmann. Next up: Home against BC High Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  16. Marblehead (5-0) – Beat a good Beverly team 39-7 as the Magicians and RB Jaason Lopez stay unbeaten. Next up: Versus Lynn Classical on Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  17. Newton North (4-1) – QB John Grady and WR Bryce Adam teamed up for four touchdowns as North rallied late to beat RB Jared Caruso and Braintree on the road 36-33 and maintain second place in the D1 South standings. Next up: Home versus Weymouth at 2:00 PM.
  18. Andover (3-2) – Dominant T Max Beati and Andover took care of business beating Methuen 48-13 and now go on the road to take on twelfth ranked Haverhill in a D1 North showdown. Next up: At Haverhill Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  19. Scituate (4-1) – Went on the road and lost to highly ranked Hanover in a 42-34 high scoring affair. Should be a shootout this week versus Falmouth as the Sailors look to stretch the field with 6’6″ and 240 pound TE Dylan Brady. Next up: At top ten ranked Falmouth Friday night at 7:00.
  20. Holliston (4-1) – QB Jack Barret helps them bounce back with a 51-32 win over Hopkinton. This week they travel to Norton. Next up: at Norton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  21. Tewksbury (5-0) – Held on to beat Lawrence 20-18 and remain undefeated with QB Jay Connolly leading the way . This week they travel to Chelmsford. Next up: At Chelmsford Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  22. North Attleboro (4-1) – QB Chad Peterson continues to play well as they rolled over Sharon 41-0. Next up: At 1-4 Canton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  23. Wellesley (5-0) – The Raiders hung on to beat Walpole in a defensive 10-7 game. Wellesley with a very positive future with their National Champion AYF eighth grade team becoming freshmen at the high school next season. Next up: At Norwood Saturday at 3:00 PM.
  24. Natick (4-1) – Behind junior running backs Malik Williams and Amir Mells, Natick rolled over Dedham on the road by a score of 28-6. This week they get always tough Walpole at home. Next up: Home versus Walpole Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  25. Catholic Memorial (2-3) – Lost a close one on the road to St. John’s Prep. They look to remain in the D1 South race when Harvard bound LB Jack McGowan leads their effort to try and shut down QB Jared Martino and the Malden Golden Tornadoes at home. Next up: At home versus Malden Friday night at 7:00 PM.

 

 

Mass HS Football Weekend Wrap Up…

Let’s take a look back at this weekend’s results as we approach the divisional playoffs. Top ranked Duxbury handed Silver Lake their first loss of the season with a dominating 55-14 final score. Second ranked BC High ran all over Malden Catholic 55-6 and remain the top seed in Division 1 South. Xaverian came from behind against Brockton with a 28-7 final to give head coach Charlie Stevenson his 200th win and to stay in the hunt behind BC High and Newton North in the D1 South playoff standings…. Congratulations to Coach Stevenson! Seventh ranked Dartmouth remained unbeaten by upsetting fourth ranked Bridgewater Raynham by a score of 13-6. Fifth ranked Billerica also remained unbeaten beating North Andover 35-8.  Fourteenth ranked Haverhill moved to 4-1 as they upset sixth ranked Central Catholic 21-10. Lexington and QB Sal Frelick overcame a tremendous effort by Winchester QB Liam Fitzpatrick as a failed two point conversion with three minutes left was the difference in Lexington’s 28-27 win. Ninth ranked King Phillip remained unbeaten at 5-0 with a win over Franklin and tenth ranked St. John’s Shrewsbury beat crosstown rival Shrewsbury in a close 38-35 game. Outside the top ten, big performances by Falmouth QB Nick Couhig (two throwing TDs and one rushing TD in the first half) and a five touchdown performance (four throwing and one rushing) by Newton North QB John Grady keeps those two teams in top positions within their respective divisions. Jared Martino kept Malden’s playoff hopes alive by factoring in seven touchdowns (four throwing and three rushing TDs) in a triple overtime 48-42 victory against Lowell. QB Mike Yarin led St. John’s Prep over rival conference foe Catholic Memorial with a four touchdown performance. Yale commit Blake Hill led Milford over perennial power Foxboro with four touchdowns in a 41-14 final score. In arguably the most impressive stat line of the year, Brendan Costa threw for 180 yards and three TDs, ran for 336 yards and three TDs and picked off four passes on defense against Seekonk. Derek Landry manufactured four touchdowns (three rushing and one fumble return) as Billerica remained undefeated. Running back Jaason Lopez had three rushing touchdowns as the Marblehead Magicians beat previously undefeated Beverly. Devaun Ford of Mashpee had one rushing and two receiving touchdowns as they remain undefeated with a victory over Hull. ITHMA power rankings will be out later this week.

Friday’s 5 To Watch…

  1. Look for Xaverian’s defense to hold Brockton’s offense to negative yards. The floundering Boxer offense has not faced a defense of this caliber and the Hawks will look to continue their defensive dominance as they held a tougher CM team to under 30 yards of offense.
  2. Kevin Mensah in a Brady like comeback runs wild and leads Shepard Hill to a victory over Westborough.
  3. EJ Perry will throw for five touchdowns in a home trouncing of Methuen as he inches closer to Troy Flutie’s Massachusetts high school record.
  4. Look for Newton North’s David Salazar, one of the state’s unheralded defensive ends, to outplay Bryant bound Braintree tackle Greg Wood in a battle of Bay State Carey teams.
  5. Lawrence Academy vs. Milton Academy will lead to one of the state’s best running back battles and in the end look for Lawrence Academy and AJ Dillon to top Michael Silva and Milton Academy.

Huge Division 1 Playoff Implications This Weekend….

In D1 North you have a huge match-up between Central Catholic and Haverhill tonight for the top spot in that division while second place Lexington has a relatively easy path to an undefeated regular season. EJ Perry and Andover are still in the hunt at 2-2 but they still have to face Haverhill and Central Catholic in their regular season play. In D1 South BC High still has to play at St. John’s Prep and at Xaverian but should be the favorite to remain undefeated and hold on to the top ranking. If Xaverian beats Brockton this weekend and St. John’s Prep beats Catholic Memorial it could come down to BC High, Xaverian and potentially Newton North should they beat Braintree tonight. Weymouth can help themselves in the rankings if they are able to beat a good Needham squad tonight. So our top three in D1 North would be Lexington, Central Catholic and Andover while in D1 South the top three would be BC High, Xaverian and Newton North. This is a critical weekend for teams to create some separation so it will be interesting to see the results as they come in over the next two days.

Locks of the Week……

Duxbury over Silver Lake…. QB Maimaron had 5 TDs in a 42-3 rout last year.

Xaverian over Brockton…. Xav D too much for the Boxers.

Bridgewater Raynham over Dartmouth…. BR won on the road 16-13 last year so they win a close one at home.

Central Catholic over Haverhill…. Maintain top spot in D1 North.

Dennis Yarmouth over Falmouth…. DY D shuts down Falmouth offense.

Hanover over Scituate….. Hanover offense too much like last year’s 49-7 win.

St. John’s Prep over Catholic Memorial….. SJP defense keeps CM in check.

Newton North over Braintree….. Tigers try to stay close to BC High in the D1 South standings.

Marblehead over Beverly….. Marblehead won a close one 28-21 on the road last year so they win a competitive game at home.

 

ITHMA Power Rankings…

  1. Duxbury (4-0) – The loss of Harvard commit Ryan Reagan leaves Duxbury with two main weapons at QB (Bobby Maimaron) and RB (Devin DeMeritt) but that has been enough to stay on top of D2 South. This week vs. high scoring 4-0 Silver Lake that is trying to catch Falmouth in D2A South. Next up: Silver Lake at home Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  2. BC High (3-0) – Run game has been unstoppable with Connor Cady and BC offered Danny Abraham as they remain on top in D1 South. This week vs. 2-2 Malden Catholic. Next up: Malden Catholic at home Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  3. Xaverian (3-1) – Loaded on defense with Brown commits Cal Flanders and AJ Ryan keeps them right behind BC High in D1 South standings. This week at offensively challenged 2-2 Brockton. Next up: At Brockton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  4. Bridgewater Raynham (3-1) – Since Coach Buron returned from one game suspension, RB Shawn Noel, Jr.  and the Trojans haven’t lost and look to move up from fourth in D1A South. This week vs. a very good 4-0 and seventh ranked Dartmouth. Next up: Dartmouth at home Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  5. Billerica (4-0) – TE Dean Brooks had a big night in their huge OT win over D1 Everett which makes them a top contender in D2 North. This week vs. a scrappy 2-2 North Andover team. Next up: North Andover Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  6. Central Catholic (4-0) – Undefeated in D1 North and junior QB Brett Edwards has them going in the right direction. Next up: At Haverhill Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  7. Dartmouth (4-0) – Put up a lot of points against good competition so far this season and are just behind Duxbury in the D2 South standings. Big game at fourth ranked BR this week. Next up: At Bridgewater Raynham Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  8. Lexington (4-0) – BC Baseball commit Sal Frelick running wild and right behind Central Catholic in D1 North. Look for more fireworks against 2-2 Winchester this week. Next up: Winchester on Saturday afternoon.
  9. King Phillip (4-0) – Coming off a big win over 2-2 Mansfield look for them to continue their winning ways this week vs. 1-3 Franklin as they stay on top of the D1A South standings. Next up: Home against Franklin Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  10. St. John’s Shrewsbury (3-1) – Look for the Pioneers to stay undefeated in state play vs 3-1 crosstown rival Shrewsbury as they try and catch Wachusett in D2 Central. Next up: Home against Shrewsbury Saturday at 1:00 PM.
  11. Falmouth (4-0) – Another BC Baseball commit Nick Couhig running wild down on the Cape and on top of D2A South. This week the Clippers face off against 3-1 Dennis-Yarmouth in an ACL match-up. Next up: Home against Dennis-Yarmouth Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  12. Everett (2-2) – Coming off a tough OT loss to fifth ranked Billerica look for them to bounce back behind UConn commit QB Jordan McAfee against 3-1 Medford as they look to stay near the top of D1 North. Next up: At Medford Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  13. Hanover (4-0) – Beat a good Westwood team that just upset Holliston last week. This week vs. 4-0 Scituate in a high scoring match-up. Next up: Home against Scituate Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  14. Haverhill (3-1) – Hillies only loss this year is to a good St. John’s Prep team (losses to Central Catholic and Everett). This week in a big tilt against sixth ranked Central Catholic with QB Broghean McGovern. Next up: Home against Central Catholic Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  15. St. John’s Prep (2-2) – UConn baseball commit Mike Yarin leads the Eagles into the toughest part of their schedule (Catholic Memorial, BC High and BR) as Brian St. Pierre’s team tries to climb the rankings in D1 North. Next up: Home against Catholic Memorial Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  16. Catholic Memorial (2-2) – Harvard commit Jack McGowan (LB) and the Knights take on fifteenth ranked St. John’s Prep as they try and move up the rankings in D1 South. Next up: See above St. John’s Prep.
  17. Scituate (4-0) – Averaging over 30 points per game they face off against thirteenth ranked Hanover as the Sailors look to move up in D2A South. Next up: See above Hanover.
  18. Marblehead (4-0) – The Magicians and RB Jaason Lopez face 4-0 Beverly as they look to remain on top in D2A North standings. Next up: At home against Beverly Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  19. Andover (2-2) – Seven touchdowns? What? BC commit EJ Perry at QB threw for six TDs and ran for one as Andover improved in the D1 North standings. Brown commit Dan Gemmell remains a favorite target at WR as they face 1-3 Methuen this week. Next up: Home against Methuen Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  20. Newton North (3-1) – A sleeper tied for second place in D1 South with a strong defensive effort against a good Needham squad and a healthy QB John Grady returning. Next up: At Braintree Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  21. Beverly (4-0) – The Panthers defense lets up about ten points per game but faces a tough Marblehead offense that averages thirty points per game. Something has to give as they look to stay on top in D2 North. Next up: See Marblehead above.
  22. Tewksbury (4-0) – The Redmen look to move to 5-0 when they face off against 0-4 Lawrence.  Next up: Home against Lawrence Saturday at 1:30 PM.
  23. Holliston (3-1) – The Panthers lost in a 36-34 shootout to a very good Westwood squad. Look for QB Jack Barrett and OL Mark Mulvaney to rebound against 1-3 Hopkinton. Next up: Home against Hopkinton Friday night at 7:00 PM.
  24. North Attleboro (3-1) – With only one loss to ninth ranked King Phillip, junior QB Chad Peterson looks to keep their high scoring offense flying against 3-1 Sharon. Next up: At Sharon Saturday at 1:00 PM.
  25. Wellesley (4-0) – Strong defense shut down a high powered Natick running game and sets them up for a big game against 2-2 Walpole as each look to move up in their division standings. Next up: At Walpole Friday night at 7:00 PM.