ESPNBoston.com presents the latest in our weekly Bracketology series, where we map out what the MIAA playoff picture would look like if playofs 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 each Central Mass. divisions will qualify for the playoffs.
For a reminder about point-system calculations, here is how the totals are added up in Central Mass:
12 Points for defeating a team who is two divisions higher (excluding league games)
10 Points for defeating a team within your division, for defeating a team within your league (excluding league crossovers), for defeating a team outside of Central Mass, or for defeating a team either one division up or one division down
8 Points for defeating a team who is two divisions lower (excluding league games)
2 Points for each of your opponent’s wins (a team that you have defeated)
1 Point for each of your opponent’s wins (a team that has defeated your team)
After adding up your team’s point total, divide the total number by the number of games your team has played.
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For a refresher on how the playoff system will work, check out our three-part "Taking the Field" series from the preseason HERE.
Division 2 Central
1. Leominster (2-0), 13 points
2. Nashoba (2-0), 11 points
3. Marlborough (2-0), 10 points
4. St. John’s (1-1), 7 points
T-5. Shrewsbury (1-1), 6 points
T-5. Fitchburg (1-1), 6 points
T-5. North Middlesex (1-1), 6 points
T-8. Westboro (0-2), 1.5 points
T-8. Wachusett, (0-2), 1.5 points
T-8. Algonquin, (0-2), 1.5 points
Analysis: A big weekend from Leominster has the Blue Devils sitting pretty at the number one spot in Division 2 Central, following their win over Lowell last Friday night. Nashoba, winner of 28 consecutive games, is hot on the trail though, following their win over Shrewsbury. They’ll take on Wachusett this weekend leading up to a grueling slate where they’ll see fourth-seeded St. John’s, third-seeded Marlborough, and Leominster all in a row.
Division 4 Central
1. Hudson (2-0), 13 points
T-2. St. Peter-Marian (2-0), 12 points
T-2. Doherty (2-0), 12 points
T-2. Shepherd Hill (2-0), 12 points
T-5. Tantasqua (2-0), 11 points
T-5. Quabbin (2-0), 11 points
T-7. Groton-Dunstable (1-1), 6 points
T-7. Grafton (1-1), 6 points
Analysis: The biggest question in Division 4 Central is simple, who will be the team to give Hudson a challenge? So far the Hawks have knocked off Auburn and Groton-Dunstable, outscoring both teams by a combined score of 74-7. Hudson will take on Westboro at home on Friday, while Shepherd Hill, St. Peter-Marian, and Doherty will all attempt to chase them down. In terms of points, this weekend could very well be the most important of the regular season for Shepherd Hill, as Leominster, the top-seeded team in Division 2 Central, will travel to Dudley to battle the Rams on Friday night. With a win, Shepherd Hill would add the coveted 12-point victory (when a team in CMass wins over another team who is two divisions higher) to their resume in the point standings.
Division 5 Central
T-1. Lunenburg (2-0), 11 points
T-1. Bartlett (2-0), 11 points
T-3. Leicester (2-0), 10 points
T-3. Uxbridge (2-0), 10 points
5. Auburn (2-1), 7.33 points
T-6. Northbridge (1-1), 6 points
T-6. Tyngsboro (1-1), 6 points
T-6. David Prouty (1-1), 6 points
Analysis: As with Division 4, it’s a bit of a logjam at the top of Division 5 Central, with Lunenburg, Bartlett, Leicester, and Uxbridge all in hot pursuit of the top playoff seed. Lunenburg will take on a high-scoring West Boylston offense this weekend before heading to Northbridge on Oct. 4 for a showdown with the Rams. Keep a close eye on Bartlett running back Alex Givins-Perry, who has rushed for 168 and 201 yards, respectively, over the course of the Indians’ first two wins—he has already scored five touchdowns this year. The Indians will play host to Leicester this Friday, a team with a monster running attack led by UConn-bound star Tom Rodrick.
Division 6 Central
1. Sutton (2-0), 13 points
T-2. Blackstone Valley Tech (2-0), 12 points
T-2. Monty Tech (2-0), 12 points
T-4. St. Bernard’s (2-0), 11 points
T-4. Maynard (2-0), 11 points
T-4. Littleton (2-0), 11 points
7. Worcester Tech (2-0), 10 points
T-8. West Boylston (1-1), 6 points
T-8. Narragansett (1-1), 6 points
T-8. Assabet (1-1), 6 points
T-8. Bay Path (1-1), 6 points
Analysis: After destroying Inter-High foes Burncoat and Worcester North, Sutton may very well see their first close game of the season this weekend then they host St. Bernard’s -- a team fresh off a 32-6 victory over Worcester South. BVT and Monty Tech are following closely behind, the Beavers will take on undefeated Worcester Tech this Saturday, while the Bulldogs will play Bay Path.