Here are some teams that did not make the cut for the statewide top 25, last 15 out, or divisional top 10s, but could make a little noise by the end of the season. Some divisions feature five teams, but the brackets that include all three of Eastern, Central and Western Mass., as opposed to just one or two, have 10.
(in alphabetical order)
Acton-Boxboro — QB Finn Murray has a slew of good weapons to work with.
Andover — Always has a dangerous passing attack.
Attleboro (See 40 teams in 40 days)
Lexington — Success won't stop just because QB Sal Frelick graduated.
Taunton — Should take another leap forward this fall.
Chelmsford — Lions lost a lot, but this program is pointed in the right direction.
Marshfield — Coach Chris Arouca is a strong replacement for legendary Lou Silva.
Waltham — Made a nice step last year and could continue that trend.
Wellesley — Growing pains in 2017 could pay off.
Woburn — Quarterback Ryan Qualey will build off a nice junior season.
Billerica (See 40 teams in 40 days)
Bishop Feehan — The Shamrocks have experience on their side.
Danvers — Falcons always find a way to be competitive.
Leominster — Returns a boatload and will contend in CMass.
Milford — Kevin Pyne's arrival immediately gives the OL a boost.
Shepherd Hill (See 40 teams in 40 days)
Stoughton (See 40 teams in 40 days)
Wachusett — Physical style never gets old.
Westfield — Wide receiver Baley Collier has the ability to make cornerbacks get lost.
Whitman-Hanson (See 40 teams in 40 days)
Dartmouth — Youth and injuries last year held this team back.
Dighton-Rehoboth — Stout at the line of scrimmage as usual.
Fitchburg — Program just starting to turn the corner again.
Grafton — Brings back quarterback Matt Holbrook.
North Reading — Just missed out on the divisional top 10.
Auburn — Could make a push to emerge from CMass.
Canton — Very strong junior class.
East Longmeadow — RB/DB Elijah Johnson (UMass) won't be easy to replace.
Hanover — Hoping to get back to 2016 form.
Longmeadow — Lancers just lurking in the shadows this year.
Newburyport — Could take the next step after a promising 2017.
Nipmuc — In the same mix with Auburn, Northbridge and Oakmont to rep CMass.
Northbridge — Running back Zack Roberts should have a big year.
Somerset Berkley — Possibly underrating this team.
Somerville — Coach Mackonnen Fenton has this program trending up.
Ashland — Should be able to throw the ball well.
Ipswich — Young in spots in 2017 and should tick up.
Middleboro — Lost a great deal, but the cupboard is not bare.
Rockland — Running back Michael Ebersole can hurt you from multiple spots,
Salem — Not where they used to be, but the Witches have something brewing.
Abp. Williams — Lost quite a bit, but don't be surprised to see a deep run.
Assabet Valley —Voke Large champs have to replace a lot.
Brighton — Can never count the Bengals out in Boston City League play.
Carver — Victim of a tough schedule.
Diman — Senior Jean-Claude King is one of the most underrated receivers in the state.
Latin Academy — One of the more stable programs in the Boston City League.
Leicester — Will rely on good, young skill players.
Monomoy — Returns quarterback Isaac Hart.
South Hadley — Just on the outside of the top 10.
West Boylston/Tahanto — David Rizzuto will light you up at linebacker.
Bartlett — Good experience returning.
Coyle-Cassidy — Will benefit from tough schedule.
Hull — Junior quarterback Trevor MacDonald can help offset graduation losses.
Lee — Was young a year ago but has decent skill.
Lunenburg — Passing game should be potent.
Narragansett — Maybe still a year away.
Nashoba Valley Tech — Not the biggest team around, but tough.
Tech Boston — A Boston City team with a chance to make some noise.
Turners Falls — Junior Jaden Whiting can make plays from any number of positions.
West Roxbury — Opener with Pope John XXIII will be telling.