DCL wins bid to stay in 1A (Boston.com)

Posted Wednesday, October 27, 2010 by Freshman VPs

Bay State Carey moving to Div. 1

By Michael Grossi
Globe Correspondent / October 27, 2010

At yesterday’s MIAA Football Committee meeting, the Dual County (Large) League successfully appealed to stay in Division 1A, after initially being placed in Division 1 in the new football playoff alignment that will be installed for 2011 and 2012.

Westford Academy principal James Antonelli argued that based on male enrollment, the DCL Large is better suited for Division 1A.

The committee agreed, voting, 11-3, in favor of allowing the DCL Large to stay put.

The five schools in the Greater Boston League, which is currently in Division 1, voted 3-2 in favor of not appealing its placement in Division 1A.

That meant one league had to be bumped up to Division 1 from Division 1A, and the committee chose the Bay State Carey by an 8-4 vote.

“I am not sure if there is a significant difference between the top four divisions,’’ said Weymouth athletic director and football coach Kevin Mackin. “All of the top teams are talented.

“It’s exciting to think that we could possibly play against Brockton in the playoffs. We used to play them on Thanksgiving.’’

The Bay State Carey, which sent no representative to the meeting, was selected because the average male enrollment of the schools in the league is similar to the other Division 1 leagues. The Big 3 averages 1,720 boys per school, the Catholic Conference 971, and the Merrimack Valley Large averages 990 boys. The Bay State Carey schools have on average 906 boys per school and the DCL Large has around 840.

“This will certainly create some new challenges for the Bay State Carey,’’ said Needham athletic director Micah Hauben.

The movement also affected the playoff matchups for the two years. In Division 1, the winner of the Merrimack Valley Large will play the winner of the Catholic Conference and the winner of the Big 3 will play the winner of the Bay State Carey. In Division 1A, the winner of the DCL Large will play the winner of the Old Colony League and the winner of the Greater Boston League, usually Division 1 power Everett, will play the winner of the Northeastern Large Conference.

Two other leagues also were denied appeals. In the first appeal vote, the Cape Ann (Small) wanted to move from Division 3A to Division 4 but the committee voted down the appeal, 15-2.

“I wanted to be consistent in my voting,’’ said Malden athletic director Dan Keefe. “I voted no on the Cape Ann Small appeal and the other two had similar reasons so I voted no for them.’’

The committee also denied unanimously the appeal by the Patriot (Keenan) to move from Division 2 to 2A.

The Eastern Mass. playoff and Super Bowl sites this year were also discussed.

■ Cawley Stadium in Lowell, Manning Field in Lynn, Reading, and Lincoln-Sudbury will be North playoff sites.

■ Weymouth, Bridgewater-Raynham, Taunton, and Holliston or Needham will be South playoff sites.

■ Six Super Bowls (Division 1-3A) will be played at Gillette Stadium. Curry is close to an agreement to host the Division 4 and 4A Super Bowls.

In other news, wide receiver/safety Taariq Allen of the Rivers School has verbally committed to play at Nebraska.