D-R, South Hadley debut in Top 25 football poll

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 football poll this morning following Thursday's Thanksgiving action. For the complete poll, CLICK HERE.

The poll will next be updated following Saturday's slate of Super Bowl championships, which will serve as the final poll of the 2012 season.

A few notes about this week's poll:

South Hadley, Dighton-Rehoboth debut: For the first time in poll history, South Hadley is making its debut, at No. 24. The Tigers are 8-2, and are the No. 1 overall seed in Western Mass. Division 2. Meanwhile Dighton-Rehoboth grabs the final spot, No. 25, following its Thanksgiving win over Seekonk. The Falcons have reeled off nine straight wins since their opening-weekend loss to Somerset, and face Bishop Feehan on Tuesday night in a Division 3A playoff.

Jumps for Andover, Doherty: Two teams jumped up four spots in the poll, the most movement by any team this week. Andover comes in at No. 18 following its thrilling victory over Central Catholic on Thanksgiving, to clinch the Merrimack Valley Large title and a Division 1 playoff berth. Doherty moves up to No. 20, following its Thanksgiving rout of intra-city archrival Burncoat. The Highlanders are quietly 9-2, with some impressive talents led by Luke Brennan, Noah Robinson and Isaac Yiadom. And, as our Central Mass. followers love to remind, the Highlanders nearly upset Nashoba earlier this season. Could the two teams square off in a rematch at Gillette Stadium on Saturday?

Red Raiders on a roll: Barnstable closes out the regular season as the No. 1 team in Massachusetts for an historic seven weeks straight now, dating back to the Red Raiders' upset of Everett on Sept. 28. Many are eagerly anticipating the possibility of a rematch with Everett in the Division 1A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. If the Red Raiders can get through No. 15 Lincoln-Sudbury, and the Crimson Tide take care of Masconomet, then that would be the most widely anticipated game of the day.

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

Hockomock - 3

AA - 2

Bay State - 2

Merrimack Valley - 2

Middlesex - 2

Atlantic Coast - 1

Big Three - 1


Catholic Conference - 1

Dual County - 1

Greater Boston - 1

Inter-High - 1

Mid-Wach B - 1

Old Colony - 1

Patriot - 1

South Coast - 1

South Shore - 1

Southern Worcester County - 1

Suburban - 1