MIAA releases 1st power rankings: See which Taunton area teams are playoff prospects

The MIAA released its first tournament power rankings of the school year on Friday.

The rankings only include results entered before Friday at 4 a.m. For the football state tournament, the top 16 teams qualify and there's a three-win minimum to get into the field.

As of Friday, two Taunton Daily Gazette teams are on pace to qualify for the playoffs.

Division 1

Who's in?

  1. 1. Springfield Central

  2. Taunton

  3. Andover

  4. Attleboro

  5. Xaverian Brothers

  6. Central Catholic

  7. Methuen

  8. St. John's Prep

  9. Franklin

  10. Shrewsbury

  11. Everett

  12. Lawrence

  13. Braintree

  14. BC High

  15. Weymouth

  16. New Bedford

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

For the second year in a row the Tigers (3-0) are undefeated heading into their Hockomock Kelley-Rex schedule after big wins over D1 No. 16 New Bedford and Durfee and most recently ground out a 24-13 win over D4 No. 3 Middleboro thanks largely to a two-touchdown, 152-yard performance from senior running back Malachi Johnson. They now face their toughest challenge so far as they face D2 No. King Philip (3-0) on the road Friday, with the Warriors coming off a 19-14 win over D1 No. 5 Xaverian.

Taunton’s Malachi Johnson bursts toward the end zone during a Week 2 game against Durfee
Taunton’s Malachi Johnson bursts toward the end zone during a Week 2 game against Durfee

Division 2

The field

  1. Milford

  2. King Philip Regional

  3. Catholic Memorial

  4. Woburn Memorial

  5. Reading Memorial

  6. Hingham

  7. Mansfield

  8. Peabody Veterans

  9. Wellesley

  10. Natick

  11. Bridgewater-Raynham

  12. Durfee

  13. Chelmsford

  14. Quincy

  15. Leominster

  16. Bishop Feehan

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

The Trojans (1-2) bounced back from back-to-back shutout losses to D2 No. 1 Milford and D1 No. 5 Xaverian with a huge offensive outburst against Barnstable as junior quarterback Declan Byrne rushed for three touchdowns and junior running back Dawson DuBose had a touchdown on 190 rushing yards. Now the only thing standing in their way of improving to .500 is Marshfield, who sit just outside of the Top 16 in D2 and are coming off a 24-20 win over D1 No. 14 BC High.

Bridgewater-Raynham quarterback Declan Byrne scores a touchdown during a game versus Barnstable on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
Bridgewater-Raynham quarterback Declan Byrne scores a touchdown during a game versus Barnstable on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Division 3

The field

  1. Somerset Berkley

  2. North Attleboro

  3. Walpole

  4. Milton

  5. Hanover

  6. Billerica Memorial

  7. Wakefield Memorial

  8. Plymouth South

  9. Marblehead

  10. Whitman-Hanson

  11. Stoughton

  12. Westwood

  13. Oliver Ames

  14. Sharon

  15. Dartmouth

  16. Masconomet Regional

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

Division 4

The field

  1. Duxbury

  2. Bedford

  3. Middleboro

  4. Tewksbury Memorial

  5. Grafton

  6. Scituate

  7. Pembroke

  8. Newburyport

  9. Canton

  10. Holliston

  11. Melrose

  12. Marlborough

  13. Danvers

  14. Ashland

  15. Falmouth

  16. Foxborough

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

Division 5

The field

  1. Shawsheen Valley Tech

  2. Triton Regional

  3. Maynard

  4. Dover-Sherborn

  5. Essex North Shore

  6. Bishop Fenwick

  7. North Reading

  8. Old Rochester Regional

  9. Fairhaven

  10. Apponequet Regional

  11. Auburn

  12. Watertown

  13. Hudson

  14. Worcester Tech

  15. Bishop Stang

  16. Dedham

What locals are outside the Top 16?

Dighton-Rehoboth (21), Bristol-Plymouth (35)

The Falcons (1-2) find themselves five places out of a playoff spot after a loss to D3 No. 13 Oliver Ames following a Week 1 loss to D4 No. 9 Canton and a Week 2 win over Austin Prep, a non-MIAA opponent. They now face their toughest challenge yet Friday as they play host to D3 No. 1 Somerset Berkley, who are coming off a 38-6 win over Durfee. As for the Craftsmen, they find themselves 19 places out of a playoff spot after winning back-to-back games against Upper Cape Tech and Diman, a game in which senior running back Ryan Barnes rushed for three touchdowns and 160 yards, following a Week 1 loss to D8 No. 13 Old Colony. They'll now look to improve their stature Friday as they host South Shore Tech, who are coming off a 6-0 win over Upper Cape Tech.

Division 6

The field

  1. Rockland

  2. St. Mary's

  3. Stoneham

  4. Abington

  5. Arlington Catholic

  6. Norwell

  7. Winthrop

  8. Lynnfield

  9. East Bridgewater

  10. Weston

  11. Archbishop Williams

  12. Sandwich

  13. Bellingham

  14. Nipmuc Regional

  15. Ipswich

  16. Seekonk

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

Division 7

The field

  1. Cohasset

  2. Amesbury

  3. West Boylston

  4. Wahconah Regional

  5. Boston Latin Academy

  6. Northbridge

  7. Uxbridge

  8. Millbury

  9. Ayer Shirley

  10. Clinton

  11. Saint Bernard's

  12. Hamilton-Wenham

  13. West Bridgewater

  14. Blue Hills

  15. Tech Boston Academy

  16. Sutton

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

Division 8

The field

  1. Cathedral

  2. Manchester Essex

  3. Lowell Catholic

  4. Hull

  5. Lynn Vo-Tech

  6. Randolph

  7. Oxford

  8. KIPP Academy Lynn Coll.

  9. Nashoba Valley Tech

  10. Millis

  11. Lee

  12. Brighton

  13. Old Colony RVT

  14. Minuteman Regional

  15. Carver

  16. Taconic

What locals are outside the Top 16?

None

This article originally appeared on The Taunton Daily Gazette: What Greater Taunton teams made the cut in MIAA power rankings?