Monday, October 10, 2011
Week 5 rankings: Duxbury tops Xaverian; down goes Auburn
By By Mike Grimala
The biggest news to come out of Week 5 was the ending of Auburn's 41-game winning streak. The Rockets have emerged as the premier program in Central Mass over the past decade, and the last three seasons were especially good, as the team went undefeated and won three Super Bowl titles. But with a younger, less-experienced squad, 2011 looked like the year the streak would come to an end. On the road at Shepherd Hill, the Rockets had trouble stopping the run and surrendered too many big plays on special teams, putting themselves in a 26-6 hole early in the fourth quarter. With the 32-22 loss, Auburn drops from No. 5 to No. 8 in the POWERADE state rankings, as I still think the Rockets are the class of CMass.
The other big story to emerge was Duxbury's comeback win over Xaverian. In a matchup of No. 2 vs. No. 3, Duxbury found itself trailing in the fourth quarter for the first time this season, but the Dragons responded like seasoned veterans. The defense played shut-down ball in the final quarter while QB Matt O'Keefe led the offense to three touchdowns and a 31-14 win.