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MIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Live updates: MIAA football tournament seeding meeting

St. John’s Prep defeated Catholic Memorial to win the 2018 Division 1 state title.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Eastern Mass. high school football teams in Divisions 1-8 will find out who they’ll be playing in the postseason as the annual MIAA football tournament seeding meeting gets underway from the MIAA headquarters in Franklin. The Globe has correspondents Jake Levin and Dan Shulman reporting live from the meeting. The top eight EMass teams in each division’s section qualify for the tournament, which begins with quarterfinal games on Friday, Nov. 1. and Saturday, Nov. 2. View the official brackets here.

Trio of unbeatens

In Division 6 South, three teams went undefeated during the regular season — Cardinal Spellman (6-0), Rockland (7-0), and Ashland (7-0). Spellman earned the top seed with a 21.50 rating and will host No. 8 Norwell. Rockland narrowly missed the top seed, as the Bulldogs had a 20.57 rating and received the No. 2 seed. They’ll host No. 7 Greater New Bedford. Third-seeded Ashland (19.86) will host No. 6 East Bridgewater. Thirteen total teams across all 16 EMass sections enter the postseason undefeated.

Title defense begins

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All four EMass teams that won a state championship in 2018 are back in the postseason. Division 1 champion St. John’s Prep earned the No. 2 seed in D1 North and will host No. 7 Lowell. In Division 2, defending champ North Andover (4-3) is the No. 4 seed and hosts No. 5 Westford. Scituate, the defending Division 5 champion, went 4-3 and has the No. 8 seed in the South. The Sailors will play top-seeded Canton (7-0). Stoneham, last season’s Division 6 champion, went undefeated in 2018, but 5-2 this season. The Spartans are the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Austin Prep in the North quarterfinals.

Narrow margin

In Division 4 North, both Melrose and Revere went 7-0. Melrose earned the top seed as the Red Raiders’ rating was 0.43 points higher than Revere’s, 19.00-18.57. Melrose will host No. 8 Burlington (3-4) and the No. 2 Patriots get No. 7 Dracut (3-4).

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Losing ground

A total of 35 of the 128 EMass playoff teams got into the postseason with a losing record. That’s 27.3 percent of the total qualified teams, and an increase from 24 playoff teams with a losing record a year ago. Five teams with winning records didn’t get in, four of which are in Divsion 6 South.

Full pairings


Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com. Correspondents Dan Shulman and Jake Levin contributed to this report.