Breaking down this week's football Top 25

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 72 hours, you've probably heard the hubbub surrounding Saturday's overtime thriller between Brockton and Xaverian.

Well, I guess you can consider this our mea culpa to Hawks, who ascend to the top spot in this week's Massachusetts football Top 25 poll. Unlike some other news enterprises around Boston, we had Xaverian pegged No. 2 from the beginning behind Brockton. But there's clearly no question who the best team in the state is now (thought we wouldn't mind seeing a rematch of the two teams come December if it promises to be as good as Round One).


New to this week's poll is No. 25 Plymouth North, which improved to 2-1 in a dominating win over Silver Lake last week and very well could've been 3-0 without a turn for the worse on a two-point conversion play versus Duxbury two weeks ago. Falling from the Top 25 was Central Catholic (No. 21 last week), which dropped to 1-2 on the young season after Jason Houston grabbed his first career victory with Dracut in a 27-14 win over the Raiders.


Methuen made the big push this week after their upset of Billerica (previously ranked ninth, No. 14 in this week's poll) and is up six spots to No. 11. Last week's No. 11, Westford fell back in the pack to No. 22 after a surprising 36-7 upset loss to Wayland.