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Monday, October 8, 2012
Auburn, Central move up in latest Top 25 poll

By Brendan Hall

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 poll this afternoon, and with several big upsets going down in the Top 10 we have some significant shakeup in this week's update.

For the complete poll, CLICK HERE.

A few notes and observations:

Auburn, Beverly, Central, Weymouth big movers: With upset losses by previous Top-10's Leominster (19-14, to Wachusett) and St. John's of Shrewsbury (51-45, to Shrewsbury), we've got some fresh faces making big jumps up. Springfield Central moves into the Top 10 for the first time in poll history, at No. 9, following its 40-7 dismantling of East Longmeadow. We felt the win bore extra significance given that Central's star quarterback, Cody Williams, was out serving a two-game suspension for his involvement in a fight in last week's game.

Weymouth also jumps up five spots to No. 10 following a dominant 49-7 showing against Newton North, paced by three first-half touchdowns from Jack Lehan. Beverly also moves up four spots to No. 14, after Brendan Flaherty became the school's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (47) in a 49-0 rout of Peabody.

The biggest move belongs to Auburn, which jumps up six spots to No. 13 following a 35-6 win over a tough Shepherd Hill squad. We made the move based on common opponents -- Auburn cruised to a 28-6 Week 1 win over Shrewsbury, which just put up 51 points on neighboring rival St. John's.

Central Mass. Shuffle: We've shuffled the deck with the two big Saturday upsets of Leominster and St. John's (Shrewsbury). Leominster fell 13 spots to No. 18, while St. John's dropped seven spots to No. 15. That leaves No. 6 Nashoba the undisputed top team in Central Mass., after surviving an upset bid from a Marlborough squad that may be better than advertised. Also take note of Doherty, which sits at 4-1 and falls into our "Last 10 out" following a 38-20 win over Holy Name.

Fresh face: Lincoln-Sudbury makes its season debut this week at No. 21, replacing previously-ranked North Attleborough (which lost to Franklin, 20-13), a move which some feel is long overdue. The Warriors have been off to a dominant start on the defensive side of the ball, allowing just 6.6 points per game, which ranks among the top defenses in the state. L-S' best performance might have been its 40-14 thrashing of Framingham in Week 4.

Here is how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:

Bay State - 4
AA - 2
Hockomock - 2
Old Colony - 2
Atlantic Coast - 1
Big Three - 1
Catholic Conference - 1
CAL/NEC - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Dual County - 1
Eastern Athletic - 1
Greater Boston - 1
Merrimack Valley - 1
Middlesex - 1
Mid-Wach A - 1
Mid-Wach B - 1
Patriot - 1
Southern Worcester County - 1
Suburban - 1