A closer look at our MIAA statewide top 25, which can be found here.
Who's on top: Still Catholic Memorial as the Knights have beaten three top-10 teams and weathered the storm of injuries at key positions. From not just a talent, but depth of talent, perspective, CM has proven that it has backups who can get the job done against quality competition. You can make the argument that on any given day, one of these top teams can beat the Knights under the right circumstances. But that has not happened yet, and from the preseason on, coach John DiBiaso and Co. have lived up to their lofty preseason expectations.
Holding steady: The rest of the top 10 all took care of business, so there was really no need for any movement there. Even though Marblehead lost to Revere, it was in a game that could have gone either way and had some controversy at the end. In other words, if the two teams meet again in the Div. 4 North playoffs (certainly a possibility), we could see the result go another way.
Moving out: The only other top 25 teams to lose were Holliston and BC High. You could make an argument for keeping both in, as the former fell to an unbeaten Ashland team that is simply better than we expected them to be, and the latter was competitive with a St. John's Prep team. We chose to move them out to make room for two other squads who we thought were deserving of jumping in (more on them later), and simply drop the Panthers and Eagles into our First 15 out. Of that latter category, Beverly, Bishop Fenwick, and Shepherd Hill are out, but by a hair and still every bit capable of moving back in.
Moving in: Duxbury and Stoughton enter the top 25. The Dragons have been getting better and better each week after early losses to Brockton and Bridgewater-Raynham. Stoughton's only loss was to a Canton team that has one of the best defenses in the state. Right now, these are the two teams in Div. 3 South that stick out the most. Andover is back in the 15 out. This is another team with sleeper potential in the playoffs. Ashland obviously deserves a spot based on its win over Holliston. Ditto Cardinal Spellman for beating Fenwick, and Franklin is back with a dominant showing over Attleboro.