Senior quarterback Chris Sarni was just too much to handle.
Rushing for three touchdowns and throwing three more, Sarni put Wellesley in position to pull off an unprecedented victory against Bay State (Herget) powerhouse Natick.
The Red Hawks comeback fell short late in the fourth-quarter, and Wellesley came away with a 40-34 win, jumping up to No. 54 in this week’s Boston.com Top 100.
Lowell, who sat just outside the Top 20 at No. 30 last week, put forward an explosive performance against Andover, out-muscling the Golden Warriors in a 42-35 victory.
The Red Raiders were led by a stunning performance from receiver Jack Galvin, who hauled in 15 catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns.
Also moving up was Dighton-Rehoboth, who landed at No. 41 after knocking off Wareham 21-8 behind a pair of first-half touchdown passes from Nathan Kowalski.
With the win, Dighton-Rehoboth (7-1, 6-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the South Coast conference.
Last weekend, 11 teams clinched playoff berths. Who will punch their playoff ticket next?
Here’s our Week 9 Boston.com Top 100:
4. St. John's Prep
9. King Philip
15. Central Catholic
19. Somerset Berkley
36. North Reading
38. St. Mary’s
40. Lynn Classical
45. Lynn English
46. BC High
47. New Bedford
50. North Shore
53. Plymouth South
58. Blue Hills
60. North Andover
64. Archbishop Williams
65. Bishop Fenwick
67. Greater Lawrence
69. Lowell Catholic
70. Catholic Memorial
71. Pope John
78. East Bridgewater
83. Malden Catholic
89. Newton North
90. Cardinal Spellman
93. Austin Prep
94. Latin Academy
95. Plymouth North
100. Pope John Paul II
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