It was a pretty stagnant week for most of the front half of the Globe Top 20, as the top eight teams remained unchanged. Barnstable stayed at the top spot but was almost upset by New Bedford, yet the Red Raiders hung on for a 19-14 win.
Everett ran away with a 50-31 win over Cambridge, but the Falcons crept close to the Tide, and at one point trailed just 36-30.
Duxbury held off Xaverian with a 20-16 victory, while St. John’s Prep trounced Bridgewater-Raynham 20-7. Rounding out the top five is Reading, who withstood Burlington’s attack for a 22-15 victory, thanks to a late touchdown run from Drew Belcher.
King Philip, Walpole and Natick stayed put, while Weymouth jumped into the No. 9 spot, previously occupied by Bridgewater-Raynham, with a 49-7 win over Newton North.
Andover came in at No. 10, while B-R ended up at No. 11.
Breaking into the Top 20 was Haverhill at No. 18, who beat Chelmsford 30-23, as Tommy Morgan delivered the game-winning score with seven seconds left.
Also breaking into the Top 20 was Stoughton at the No. 20 spot after a 20-0 shutout of Foxboro. Stoughton also beat Mansfield last week, crushing the Hornets 20-6.
There’s plenty of great matchups slated for Week 6, so keep an eye for some changes in next week’s poll.
4. St. John's Prep
6. King Philip
15. Lincoln Sudbury
19. Central Catholic
33. North Attleboro
35. BC High
42. New Bedford
45. Lynn Classical
46. North Reading
50. Bishop Fenwick
57. Lynn English
58. Oliver Ames
59. Catholic Memorial
60. St. Mary’s
62. Newton North
68. Malden Catholic
69. North Andover
70. Martha’s Vineyard
71. Blue Hills
72. Bishop Connolly
75. Old Rochester
78. Greater Lawrence
79. North Shore
81. Lowell Catholic
83 St. Clement
89. Upper Cape
91. Pope John Paul II
93. North Quincy
95. East Bridgewater
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