There will be at least one sectional champion from our poll.
Abington and Cohasset will meet up in the Division 7 South Sectional final on Friday. Hingham (Division 3) and Scituate (Division 5) will also have the opportunity to win titles on Friday.
Cohasset pulled out the best win last week, as the Skippers ended three-time defending state champion Mashpee’s incredible run.
Abington continued to roll on the other side of that bracket with a nice win over Nantucket.
Hingham and Scituate’s offenses looked great in impressive road wins.
Last week’s ranking and current record is in parenthesis.
1. Abington (8-1, 1) – The Green Wave are returning to the Division 7 South Sectional finals. Although Abington was likely hoping to get another shot at Mashpee, which defeated the Green Wavein the sectional final last season and by one point this season, Cohasset took care of that. The Green Wave will host Cohasset in a rematch of a 26-14 Green Wave win on Oct. 19.
2. Scituate (8-1, 2) – The Sailors exploded for 22 points in the fourth quarter to turn a tight game into a blowout win in the Division 5 South Sectional semifinals. Scituate hung 57 points to hand Holliston its first loss of the year. Former Boston Celtic Brian Scalabrine has joined Bill Simmons on Scituate’s celebrity fan train. The Sailors will host Canton in the final on Friday. The Bulldogs have looked strong while sending Hanover (27-13) and top-seeded Falmouth (35-6) home.
3. Cohasset (7-2, 4) – The Skippers brought an end to Mashpee’s reign last Friday. The Falcons had won the last three state championships and owned the longest winning streak in the state (28 games) before the semifinals. Cohasset got a little help when Devaun Ford, one of the best players in the state, went down with an injury early in the second quarter. The Skippers will be looking to avenge their other loss this season to Abington. Cohasset has the rare potential to win a sectional despite playing all of its games on the road.
4. Hingham (7-1, 3) – Injuries and a road game were no problem for the Harbormen in Friday’s 30-19 win over Walpole. Now looms one of the biggest games in program history at Duxbury in the Division 3 South Sectional final on Friday. Hingham has not defeated the Dragons since 2007. Duxbury also ended Hingham’s playoff run last year. The Harbormen are hoping to get some players back from injury for this one.
5. Braintree (5-4, 6) – The Wamps rebounded nicely from a playoff exit with a 26-0 win over Stoughton. Braintree is looking to finish above .500 for the third consecutive year.
6. Rockland (4-5, 7) – The Bulldogs picked up their fourth consecutive win with a strong showing against Silver Lake in a 42-21 victory. No team wants to miss the playoffs, but three games against level competition could go a long way in the future for this young squad. The Bulldogs look primed for a strong 2019, but there’s still more work this season.
7. Plymouth North (5-4, NR) – Rebounding from a playoff loss is never easy, but the Blue Eagles defeated Nauset, 26-14, to get back on track. The Thanksgiving game between North and Plymouth South looks to be one of the best matchups this year. Expect another tight finish.
On the bubble: Norwell (4-4), Plymouth South (4-5)
Players of the week
Colby Augusta, Jr., Abington: Augusta has a pair of interceptions in both of the Green Wave’s postseason wins. Augusta’s four picks have come at crucial times.
Cliff Ward, Sr., Cohasset: Ward hauled in six catches for 180 yards for two touchdowns in a 37-16 playoff win over Mashpee. He brought in touchdowns of 76 and 42 yards.
Charlie Egan, Sr., Hingham: Egan rushed for 214 yards on just nine carries in a 30-19 playoff win at Walpole. Egan had a 44-yard touchdown run in the win.
Daniel May, Sr., Scituate: It’s hard to point out just one player from Scituate’s 57-34 payoff win over Holliston, but May did a little bit of everything. He hauled in 121 yards receiving, including a pair of touchdowns. He also intercepted a pass and was strong in the return game.
Billy Silvia, Sr., Braintree: Silvia scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one fumble return) in Braintree’s 26-0 win over Stoughton in a non-playoff game.
Dante Vasquez, Jr., Rockland: The quarterback ran for a preposterous 276 yards and three touchdowns in Rockland’s 42-21 win over Silver Lake. He also threw a 31-yard touchdown in the non-playoff win.
Dan Picard, Jr., Weymouth: The quarterback threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-6 non-playoff win over North Quincy.
Week 10 schedule
Friday, Oct. 9
Hingham at Duxbury, 7
Canton at Scituate, 7
Cohasset at Abington, 7
Thursday, Oct. 8
Weymouth at Framingham, 7
Friday, Oct. 9
Wellesley at Braintree, 6
Wareham at Carver
Hanover at Silver Lake, 6
North Quincy at Marshfield, 6
Rockland at Archbishop Williams, 6
Norton at Norwell, 7
Pembroke at Quincy, 7
Stoughton at Plymouth North, 7
Hopkinton at Plymouth South, 6
Football Power Rankings are decided with the help of several factors: record, strength of schedule, performance against teams and margin of victory. The public schools in our coverage area include: Abington, Braintree, Carver, Cohasset, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth North, Plymouth South, Rockland, Scituate, Silver Lake and Weymouth. Send nominations for players of the week to email@example.com or reach on Twitter @ChrisMcDaniel88.