Boston High School: Massachusetts Top 25

Breaking down this week's football Top 25

September, 28, 2010
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.

MIAA football Top 25 poll Week 2 updates

September, 21, 2010
The latest edition of the High Schools MIAA football Top 25 is updated here.

Looking ahead to this weekend, the focus of the state's attention will be the much ballyhooed match-up between No. 1 Brockton and No. 2 Xaverian. And both teams took care of business last weekend with convincing wins to remain in the top spots of our poll.

Moving down the poll, all teams ranked No. 1 through No. 11 remained steady from Week 1 to Week 2. However, catalyzed by Dennis-Yarmouth's upset over Barnstable in a wild one, there was plenty of movement on the back end of this week's poll. Chelmsford, Falmouth, Reading, St. John's Prep, King Philip and Methuen all moved up three spots from their prior positions.

North Attleborough, Holliston and Duxbury all leapfrogged four notches into the 18th, 19th and 20th spots, respectively.

On the heels of the Dolphins' victory over Barnstable, Dennis-Yarmouth is new to this week's poll at No. 23, while the Red Raiders fell from No. 13 to No. 25 after losing to their cross-Cape rivals.

Football rankings? Order up

August, 18, 2010
As part of our big launch, we're getting right into it by rolling out our first Massachusetts Top 25, New England Top 10 and Massachusetts Prep Top 5 football polls.

These are the result of applying the scientific method. But instead of using fancy algorithms, we chose the simple principle of physics and classical mechanics. Or, in the case of these polls, it is the collective inertia generated by a group of the finest staff writers and correspondents from across Massachusetts and New England that we've hand-picked to participate in the polls. What you'll find today is the result of countless, seemingly endless long-ranging e-mail threads, some spirited debate and a little good-natured ribbing.

So, without further ado, we present to you the very first editions of: Massachusetts Top 25, New England Top 10 and Massachusetts Prep Top 5.

In the spirit of any good debate, we weighed carefully the merits of each team and we hope that you will find this to be a well-conceived and thorough list.

But if we're completely off base, let us know. Good, bad or indifferent, these polls will not be complete without your input, so please hit up the "Comments" tab and tell us what you really think. Give us your grades. We hope we did our homework well. And, if not, maybe we'll just bribe you with a shiny, crisp apple.