Week 9 rankings: Welcome back, CM

Once again, the top two teams in the POWERADE state rankings came away with easy victories this weekend. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, No. 1 Everett and No. 2 Duxbury have clearly elevated themselves above the rest of the competition in the MIAA. No. 3 BC High also notched a big win on Saturday, opening Catholic Conference play by grinding out a 16-8 win over Xaverian.

No. 4 Chelmsford escaped Lowell with a 26-22 win, but the No. 5 team wasn't so lucky. Bridgewater-Raynham went to overtime with Barnstable but couldn't stop the Raiders' spread attack, falling 26-20. The Trojans drop out of the Top 10 this week, making room for old friend Catholic Memorial at No. 10. CM opened the season with huge expectations (and a No. 4 ranking), but a season-opening loss to Marshfield staggered them early. Now it looks like the Knights have rediscovered their stride, winning six in a row to jump back into the postseason conversation.

Massachusetts state rankings

  1. Everett (9-0) — Defeated Somerville, 48-12 (last week: No. 1)

  2. Duxbury (9-0) — Defeated Hanover, 49-0 (last week: No. 2)

  3. Boston College (6-3) — Defeated Xaverian, 16-8 (last week: No. 3)

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