Goodbye “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” hello “Meet the Press.”
After two months of games, most with the importance of reality television, the weekend was full of meaningful league contests, playoff-clinching outcomes, and record-setting performances.
Eleven teams have clinched playoff berths, eight on Friday night alone. The MIAA Football Committee meets Tuesday and playoff talk will dominate the discussion, including sites for the Nov. 27 semifinals. And it bears repeating — only Division 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A will play their Super Bowls at Gillette Stadium.
Here’s who made it this weekend, how they did it, and what’s ahead:
Lincoln-Sudbury: The Warriors clinched the Dual County Large for the third straight year and earned a rematch with Barnstable thanks to a 21-3 win over Acton-Boxboro. Chris Giorgio and Henry Guild get the ink, but the Warriors’ strength is their defense, which is giving up just 6.8 points per game.
Barnstable: The Red Raiders clinched their Division 1A playoff berth by beating Bridgewater-Raynham to take the Old Colony League title. L-S won last year’s semifinal, 14-13. Since going 0-4 in the OCL in 2008, Barnstable has won or shared the league title three of the last four years.
Tewksbury: The only thing louder than the cheer after clinching the Merrimack Valley Division 2 title for a second straight year Friday will be the groan when fans learn they’re headed to Reading again. It’s not official yet, but it appears the MIAA will send the MVC winner to face host Reading for a fourth straight year.
Duxbury: With 35 straight wins, the Green Dragons are headed to their fifth straight postseason after clinching the Patriot Keenan title with a victory over Silver Lake. Duxbury is scoring less than last year (from 34.7 to 29.1 ppg) and giving up more (from 7.4 to 10.7) but the number in the win column remains the same. Their playoff opponent? Take your choice from Mansfield, King Philip, North Attleboro, or Franklin.
Burlington: The Red Devils are making their first playoff appearance since 2006 after beating Stoneham Friday. Shane Farley’s return at quarterback after missing six games with a wrist injury should help when Burlington faces the CAL/NEC champ, likely the winner of Saturday’s game between Beverly and Marblehead.
Pembroke: A 32-7 win over Scituate sends the Titans to their second straight Patriot Fisher title and Division 3 playoff berth. Pembroke started the year slow offensively, but the last three weeks has scored 34, 39, and 32 points. Sharon, Stoughton, or Foxboro are potential playoff opponents.
Millis-Hopedale: Is there anyone left who remembers 2007 when Millis went 0-11? After beating Bellingham, the Mohawks have won back-to-back TVL Small titles and compiled an 18-2 regular-season record. Abington can clinch the South Shore title and a spot opposite Millis with a win Friday.
Shawsheen: Since finishing 3-8 in 2009, the Rams have won three straight Commonwealth Large titles. And although last year’s offense scored points at a snail’s pace (18.6 ppg), the Rams this fall are averaging almost twice that at 35.5. The 37-12 win over Whittier Saturday that clinched the title is proof of that.
North Shore: While it’s easy to fixate on Blue Hills running back Vincent Burton, maybe the time would be better spent looking at North Shore’s Ross Murphy. In the Bulldogs’ 36-0 Commonwealth Small-clinching win over Greater Lowell, Murphy had five touchdowns.
Dorchester: The Bears did it their way Friday, pitching their fifth shutout of the fall in beating Burke to sew up Boston South. Dorchester is allowing just 5.5 ppg and is undefeated with two games left in the regular season.
In a 46-0 win over Medford Friday, Cambridge’s David Maaghul set the school record for touchdown passes in a season with 27. Ray Doucette had held the record of 26, set in 2007.