For the fourth consecutive week, we have a new No. 1 in our statewide Top 25 football poll. To view it, CLICK HERE.
A few notes and observations about this week's poll:
Xaverian takes over top spot: After dismantling previous No. 1 Bridgewater-Raynham 49-13 on Saturday, Xaverian takes over as the No. 1 team in the land, jumping up nine spots from No. 10. It's the second week in a row the Hawks have knocked off an incumbent No. 1 by double digits. Two weeks ago, the Hawks visited then-No. 1 Everett and delivered a 20-8 upset. The 49 points by Xaverian Saturday are the most they've scored since a 49-0 shutout of New Britain (Conn.) in 2005.
This also the first time Xaverian has been ranked No. 1 since Week 3 of the 2010 season, after which they were quickly upset by then-No. 2 Everett. The Crimson Tide went on to hold the No. 1 spot continuously for nearly two years.
Rounding out the top five are Mansfield (2), St. John's Prep (3), Everett (4) and Springfield Central (5). B-R tumbles all the way to No. 9 following its loss.
Westwood enters countdown: Perhaps it is overdue, but Westwood finally cracks the Top 25 after its bye week, debuting this week at No. 20. The Wolverines had previously fought to a 7-0 loss against No. 19 King Philip, and opened the season with a 36-26 defeat of Needham -- which fell out of the poll following the loss, but returns this week at No. 22 following a 26-6 pounding of No. 25 Walpole.
As always, here is how the poll breaks down this week by division:
Div. 1 - 8
Div. 2 - 11
Div. 3 - 3
Div. 4 - 2
Div. 5 - 1