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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Bracketology: North Playoff Picture, Week 5

By Chris Bradley

ESPNBoston.com presents the latest in our weekly Bracketology series, where we map out what the MIAA playoff picture would look like if playoffs started tomorrow. A reminder before reading: the Bracketology segment DOES NOT include teams who are currently in the playoff chase, as the top EIGHT teams in North/South will qualify for the playoffs.

For a reminder about point-system calculations, here is how the totals are added up for teams in North/South:
After adding up your team’s point total, divide the total number by the number of games your team has played.

All comments and corrections can be sent to Chris Bradley at Christian.Bradley@gordon.edu, or on Twitter: @_ChrisBradley

For a refresher on how the playoff system will work, check out our three-part "Taking the Field" series from the preseason HERE.

Division 1 North
1. Everett (3-1), 13.75 points
2. Methuen (4-1), 10.8 points
3. Central Catholic (3-1), 10.75 points
4. Acton-Boxboro (3-1), 10 points
5. St. John’s Prep (3-2), 9.8 points
6. Chelmsford (3-1), 8.25 points
T-7. Lowell (3-1), 7 points
T-7. Malden (3-1), 7 points

Analysis: Everett takes over the top spot in Division 1 North this week following Methuen’s 17-0 loss to Haverhill last weekend. The Crimson Tide, with three games to go against GBL opponents Medford, Somerville, and Malden, will have an opportunity to separate themselves as the top seed in the region over the course of the next couple weeks. Friday’s game between Lowell and Central Catholic will be a big one, Lowell desperately needs a win to ensure that they stay in the playoff race another week, while Central certainly wouldn’t mind sliding past Methuen.

Division 2 North
1. Haverhill (3-1), 12.5 points
2. Lincoln-Sudbury (3-1), 11.25 points
3. Lynn English (2-1), 9.67 points
T-4. Waltham (2-1), 8 points
T-4. Newton South (2-2), 8 points
6. Lynn Classical (2-2), 7.75 points
7. Reading (2-1), 7.67 points
8. Cambridge (2-3), 6.4 points

Analysis: Haverhill really needed a win last week, previously at the fourth seed in what has been a very close D2 North race. The Hillies surpassed Newton South, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Lynn English this week following their victory over Division 1 Methuen. Lynn English will head to Gloucester on Friday night, while Lincoln-Sudbury will travel to Waltham, a game with major playoff implications.

Division 3 Northeast
1. Tewksbury (4-0), 17.25 points
2. Marblehead (5-0), 15.4 points
3. Masconomet (3-1), 11 points
4. Danvers (3-1), 10.75 points
5. Gloucester (3-2), 9.8 points
6. Wilmington (2-2), 6.25 points
7. Beverly (1-3), 6 points
8. Salem (0-4), 3.25 points

Analysis: Tewksbury continues to dominate the point standings in D3 Northeast, but the Redmen will have quite a challenge when Methuen comes to town on Saturday afternoon. Marblehead will look to stay undefeated this weekend as well, they’ll head to Beverly on Saturday in hopes of holding on to first place in the NEC North.

Division 3 Northwest
1. Concord-Carlisle (4-0), 15.75 points
T-2. Wakefield (3-1), 14 points
T-2. Woburn (4-0), 14 points
4. Arlington (4-0), 13.5 points
5. Melrose (3-1), 12.75 points
6. Burlington (2-2), 8.75 points
7. Boston Latin (2-2), 7.75 points
8. Medford (2-2), 7.5 points

Analysis: The top team in the DCL Small right now, Concord-Carlisle continues to hold a commanding lead in the Division 3 Northwest. C-C will play at Weston this Friday, while Wakefield and Woburn will be looking to make up some distance against Wilmington and Belmont, respectively.

Division 4 North
T-1. Pentucket (3-0), 16 points
T-1. Watertown (4-0), 16 points
3. Lynnfield (4-0), 13.25 points
4. Bedford (3-1), 11.5 points
5. Triton (3-1), 9.75 points
6. Newburyport (2-2), 9 points
7. Winthrop (3-1), 8.75 points
8. North Reading (2-2), 7.75 points

Analysis: Both picking up wins last week, Pentucket and Watertown now see themselves in a two-way tie for the top seed in Division 4 North. Pentucket will travel to Masconomet, the third-seed in Division 3 Northeast, this Friday, meanwhile Watertown will be on the road against Middlesex League foe Melrose. At 4-0, look for Lynnfield to potentially make the jump to the second-seed if they can beat Georgetown on Saturday -- especially if Watertown or Pentucket fall.

Division 5 North
T-1. Austin Prep (4-0), 16.5 points
T-1. Bishop Fenwick (4-0) 16.5 points
3. Northeast Voke (4-0), 15 points
4. Brighton (4-0), 14.25 points
5. St. Mary’s (3-1), 10.5 points
6. Whittier (3-2), 10 points
7. Manchester-Essex (2-2), 8.5 points
8. Madison Park (2-2), 7.25 points

Analysis: It will be the battle for number one this Friday night when Austin Prep travels to Peabody for a showdown with fellow top-seed Bishop Fenwick. Brighton managed to stay undefeated via their impressive running attack, knocking off West Roxbury 18-14 last weekend, this Friday they’ll play at South Boston. Northeast, of course hoping to potentially capitalize on a Fenwick or Austin Prep loss, will play Greater Lowell on Saturday morning.

Division 6 North
1. Latin Academy (5-0), 15.8 points
2. Cathedral (4-0), 15.75 points
3. O’Bryant (4-0), 12.25 points
4. St. Clement (2-1), 11.67 points
5. Dorchester (3-1), 11.5 points
6. West Roxbury (2-2), 9.25 points
7. North Shore (3-2), 9.2 points
8. Chelsea (2-2), 9 points

Analysis: Outside of St. Clement moving into the top eight, there was very little movement in the D6 North standings this past week. Look for major movement after this weekend though, especially with St. Clement traveling to Cathedral and Dorchester playing at third-seeded O’Bryant.