Oct. 15 MIAA Top 25 breakdown

A closer look at our MIAA statewide top 25, which can be found here.

Who's on top: Especially after this weekend's 34-32 win over St. John's Prep, the clear-cut No. 1 in the state is Catholic Memorial. That's not going to change until this team loses, and we do not see it happening anytime soon. Right now, we'd be shocked if anyone in Div. 1 South hands the Knights a loss. We could certainly see St. John's Prep earning a measure of revenge in a rematch if it comes to that. Everett and Central Catholic, if either makes it to the title game, could also be a problem. We also think that the Prep solidified its spot at No. 2 with how well it competed with the Knights.

Holding steady: Everyone else from Nos. 3 to 12 won, so no changes there. Tewksbury, Marblehead and Canton all won, and Nashoba's loss to Wachusett only puts the Chieftains at 20. We will simply not penalize them too much for a team that is quickly gaining a lot of steam as a possible Div. 3 Central rep. Danvers, New Bedford and Revere move up a few spots with some losses to teams ahead of them. Lynn English drops a few spots but not out of the top 25 due to the fact that we think very highly of the Revere team the Bulldogs lost to in overtime.

Moving out: Methuen suffered a decisive loss to Andover, which alone would not knock the Rangers completely out, but the loss of quarterback Connor Bryant to injury is more of a concern. We still like Franklin to possibly make some noise in Div. 1 South, but the Panthers are out for now after the 30-point loss to a very good Mansfield team. Fenwick's loss to BC High does not count in the playoff ratings, but it does here, as the Crusaders fall into the "First 15 out." Milford is all the way out for now after the 35-0 loss to Canton, but, again, this is a team to watch in the Div. 3 South playoffs. Attleboro is in the same boat as Franklin. Lowell has been up and down but its ups have it still on our radar.

Moving in: Lincoln-Sudbury, Reading, Wellesley, and BC High move into the top 25. L-S and Reading have been steadily performing since their early setbacks. Wellesley's only loss was to Natick by a point. BC High beat a Fenwick team that we feel can beat a lot of higher-division teams. Also, the Eagles' decisive win over Marshfield earlier in the season looks better and better every week. Brockton is into the 15 out based on an offense that we feel can score on just about anyone, as Xaverian found out the hard way Friday night. Classical, a team that hung an early loss on the Boxers, is also back in. Shepherd Hill and Stoughton, two of the more bruising teams you'll find anywhere, are in the 15 out. Concord-Carlisle and Winchester are in as part of a stacked Div. 3 North.

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