A closer look at our MIAA statewide top 25, which can be found here.
Who's on top: As has been since the preseason, it's Catholic Memorial. The Knights rolled over Malden Catholic in a contest that was essentially over by halftime. That said, we are hearing from more and more observers that they think St. John's Prep is good enough up front to unseat CM. The Prep did beat CM twice a year ago, so it's not out of the question. We will say, though, that our belief in the Knights as the best team has not wavered as much as we've heard elsewhere.
Holding steady: Central Catholic suffered some harrowing injuries against North Andover, but the Raiders stay at No. 3 until they lose a game. Springfield Central had a bye, while Mansfield, Everett, St. John's (Shrewsbury), King Philip, Wachusett, Natick, and Holliston flexed their muscles again. Barnstable and Xaverian were off, while Doherty, Methuen, Tewksbury, Marblehead, Canton, and Nashoba all looked the part. North Andover stays in virtue of its close loss to Central Catholic.
Moving out: North Attleboro falls completely out after its loss to Foxboro, but can play its way back in by beating Milford this week. BC High falls into the first 15 out with a close loss to Tewksbury that doesn't completely ruin its chances going forward. Beverly's close loss to Swampscott only drops the Panthers into the 15 out because it could have gone either way and injuries played a part. Bridgewater-Raynham is gone with its loss to New Bedford. Hingham falls out with its decisive loss to Duxbury. Lowell is out with its loss to Methuen, but we're not too down on that team overall. Scituate falls out with its defeat to Plymouth South. Stoughton's offense fell flat against Canton and is out for now.
Moving in: Melrose, Danvers, and Bishop Fenwick move in from the 15 out into the top 25. Melrose has been dominant so far. Danvers slipped past an underrated Winthrop team, and Fenwick has been a wagon. Andover jumps back into the first 15 out and has been impressive since losing to a New Jersey team and Franklin the first two weeks. New Bedford, Revere, and Swampscott all jump in the first 15 out based on impressive wins over teams that were either in that category last week or earlier in the season. Wellesley's into the first 15 out based on a very good win over Newton North.