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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Taking The Field: Qualifying, Pt. 1

By Scott Barboza

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of entries explaining the MIAA’s new statewide football playoff system.)


Everybody wants to be the last team standing come Super Bowl Saturday, but for the first time in 2013, the path to the MIAA Super Bowls will be different. There will be six statewide championships contested for the first time this season. And, with practices set to kick off across the state in less than a week, we’re taking time to dissect the playoff process to introduce our audience to the new system.

Today, we’re taking a look at qualification, by section.

(All information courtesy of the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association and its website.)


Here’s the skinny: CENTRAL

Central and Western Mass. have chosen to forego the automatic qualifier process, so the process becomes a little more streamlined. However, there are differences to the field size due to the number of participating schools in each district.

Here’s the skinny in Central: * (For tie-breaker procedures, visit


Here’s the skinny: * (For tie-breaker procedures, visit

OK, everybody had enough for today? We’ll give you some time to deal with your ensuing Popsicle headache before going any further.

Class is adjourned for today (and the worst is behind us), but be sure to check back tomorrow when we outline the playoff brackets and how state champions will be decided.