ESPNBoston.com presents the latest in our weekly Bracketology series, where we map out what the MIAA playoff picture would look like if playoffs 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.
For a refresher on how the playoff system will work, check out our three-part "Taking the Field" series from the preseason HERE.
1. Leominster (5-0), 14.8 points
2. Marlboro (5-0), 12.8 points
3. St. John’s (3-2), 10 points
4. Shrewsbury (3-2), 9.6 points
5. Nashoba (3-2), 8.8 points
6. Fitchburg (2-3), 6.8 points
7. North Middlesex (2-3), 5.8 points
8. Westboro (0-5), 3.8 points
Analysis: Leominster withstood Doherty’s initial punch and accepted the challenge, knocking off the Highlanders 47-26 on the road last week, allowing the Blue Devils to hold on to sole possession of first place in Division 2 Central. One of the more impressive teams in this region has to be Marlborough though, the Panthers beat a previously-ranked Nashoba squad 28-24 last Friday—giving them the second seed in Division 2 Central at this point in time.
1. St. Peter-Marian (5-0), 14.8 points
2. Hudson (5-0), 13.2 points
T-3. Doherty (4-1), 12.2 points
T-3. Shepherd Hill (4-1), 12.2 points
5. Quabbin (4-1), 10.8 points
6. Tantasqua (3-2), 10.2
7. Groton-Dunstable (3-2), 9.6 points
8. Grafton (2-3), 7.8 points
Analysis: St. Peter-Marian had a share of the top seed in Division 4 Central last week, but the Guardians are now the top dog in Division 4 Central following their win over Tantasqua and Doherty’s loss to top D2 Central seed Leominster. Consider this weekend’s game against 0-5 Algonquin a trap game for Hudson, a win keeps the Hawks idle but a loss could potentially force a slide down to fifth.
1. Uxbridge (5-0), 13.2 points
2. Leicester (4-1), 12.4 points
3. Auburn (4-2), 10.17 points
4. Northbridge (3-2), 9.8 points
5. Bartlett (3-2), 9.4 points
6. Gardner (2-3), 8.6 points
7. David Prouty (3-2), 8.4 points
8. Lunenburg (2-3), 7.4 points
Analysis: The Spartans surpass Leicester this week, overtaking the top seed following their win over Millbury and the Wolverines’ 48-20 loss to West Boylston. Bartlett has lost two out of three now, sliding all the way down to the fifth seed, but look for the Indians to get back on track against Blackstone-Millville tomorrow night.
1. Littleton (5-0), 14.4 points
2. Blackstone Valley Tech (5-0), 14 points
3. West Boylston (4-1), 13.8 points
4. Monty Tech (4-1), 12.6 points
5. Maynard (4-1), 11.2 points
6. St. Bernard’s (4-1), 11 points
7. Assabet Valley (3-2), 10 points
8. Bay Path (3-2), 9.4 points
Analysis: BVT’s victory over winless Keefe Tech actually hurt the Beavers in the point standings, dropping them a half a point—therefore giving up first place to Littleton, who is now 5-0 after winning a shootout against St. Bernard’s. Watch out for West Boylston, the Lions have won four straight after dropping their first game of the season to now top-seeded Littleton.