Central Catholic begins 2021 ranked No. 1 in first in-season Massachusetts Top 10

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The first week of the Fall 2021 Massachusetts high school football season set the tone for what should be an interesting season.

Preseason No. 1 Springfield Central lost a shootout to Central Catholic 67-52. Senior quarterback Ayden Pereira had nearly 600 yards of total offense with 10 touchdowns, according to The Eagle-Tribune. Pereira completed 24 of 30 passes for 448 yards and the seven touchdowns. He also ran the ball 10 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Central entered the game as the two-time defending Division III champs, winning the titles in 2018 and 2019. There were no postseason during Massachusetts’ spring football season.

CC’s win moves the Raiders to the top of the High School Football America Massachusetts Top 10 powered by NFL Play Football. Central is No. 4 in the statewide rankings.

Falling in behind Central Catholic is spring season No. 1 Catholic Memorial. CM beat Connecticut’s Capital Prep Harbor 44-6.

Everett starts the season at No. 3 after beating Xaverian Brothers 21-19.

Below is the rest of the Top 10 created with our proprietary algorithm.

High School Football America Massachusetts Top 10

No. 1 Central Catholic (1-0)

No. 2 Catholic Memorial (1-0)

No. 3 Everett (1-0)

No. 4 Springfield Central (0-1)

No. 5 Xaverian Brothers (0-1)

No. 6 Natick (1-0)

No. 7 Mansfield (1-0)

No. 8 St. John’s Prep (1-0)

No. 9 Lincoln-Sudbury (1-0)

No. 10 King Philip Regional (1-0)

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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