Franklin’s big win over Mansfield vaults them to No. 7, drops Hornets from rankings

DEDHAM, Mass. — The Franklin High School Panthers entered Friday’s game against then-No. 6 Mansfield unranked and looking to earn a rare win over the Hornets. They ended the day with a 28-10 win, helping launch them to No. 7 in the state in this week’s Boston 25 High School Football Top 10 Poll.

With the loss, Mansfield dropped out of the rankings, though the Hornets did receive votes this week.

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The top five teams in the commonwealth remained the same with four of the five earning big wins. The CM Knights nearly doubled up Bishop Hendricken in their 55-28 victory; the St. John’s Prep Eagles rolled to a 40-14 win over Bridgewater-Raynham; Lincoln-Sudbury cruised to a win over Fitchburg in a contest marred by a fireworks controversy; and the Xaverian Hawks crushed Lawrence, 42-6.

The lone top-five team to not earn a victory was the Everett Crimson Tide, who were out of action this week. They’ll return to play this coming weekend.

A pair of top-10 teams earned shutouts this weekend with the No. 6 Central Catholic Raiders - formerly ranked No. 1 three weeks ago before a big loss to No. 3 Prep - blanking rival Andover, 56-0, and the No. 8 Reading Rockets shutting out Belmont, 34-0.

On the North Shore, No. 9 Marblehead downed nearby Peabody, 35-14. Down south, No. 10 Marshfield defeated La Salle Academy of Rhode Island by a score of 36-21.

Milford, Dartmouth and Abington joined Mansfield in receiving votes this week.

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