Fenwick, Arlington debut in Top 25 football poll

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 football poll this morning. To view it, CLICK HERE.

A few notes and observations about this week's poll:

Debuts for Fenwick, Arlington: Two programs from the North, Bishop Fenwick and Arlington, make their debuts in the football poll for the first time in our site's four-year history. It's simply impossible to ignore the way Fenwick is rolling right now. Behind a dominant rushing attack, led by bullish junior Rufus Rushins, the Crusaders are averaging a state-best 46.5 points per game; their lowest scoring output was a 41-0 shutout of Northeast Metro Tech in Week 2. Arlington, meanwhile, is sitting a surprising 5-0 and tied with Woburn atop the Middlesex Liberty standings. The Spy Ponders put together nice wins over Belmont (42-6) and Winchester (28-26) these last two weeks, but the hallmark was upsetting then-No. 10 Reading 17-14 back in Week 3.

Tewksbury climbs into Top 10: With one of the state's most potent rushing attacks, Tewksbury makes a first-ever appearance in the Top 10 of our poll's four-year history. The Redmen are 5-0 and sitting in first place in the Merrimack Valley Conference's second division after a 41-14 rout of Methuen on Saturday. In four MVC games so far, the Redmen have outscored their opposition 151-37.

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

Div. 1 - 8

Div. 2 - 10

Div. 3 - 3

Div. 4 - 3

Div. 5 - 1