Oct. 8 MIAA Top 25 breakdown

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

Who's on top: Catholic Memorial, and without any question, at least for now. The Knights dominated Xaverian after falling in an early, 10-0 hole, with 42 unanswered points. Now, CM takes on a very good St. John's Prep team next that is ranked second. The Knights also suffered some injuries against Xaverian in what could hurt them against the Prep. If the Prep is able to win this battle of unbeatens, everyone knows who the new No. 1 will be. Until we see any evidence that CM shouldn't be there, though, the Knights are the top squad.

Holding steady: The top 10 is not changing much. King Philip only drops a couple spots for losing in a close game to a very good Mansfield team. Everyone else in the top 25 basically jumps a couple spots to account for Barnstable and Xaverian falling. Shrewsbury's surprising upset loss to Algonquin shuffles things around toward the back end, but there were no major risers, although you could make the argument that teams like Melrose and Marblehead deserve more of a boost.

Who's moving out: Barnstable falls into the "First 15 out" with its loss to New Bedford. So does North Andover after falling to Tewksbury, and the Scarlet Knights are hanging on by a thread. Xaverian and Shrewsbury are each gone completely, but can of course play their way back in with the difficulties of their schedules the rest of the way. Andover and Leominster are each out of the 15 out with decisive losses to Central Catholic and Wachusett, respectively.

Who's moving in: Lynn English, Milford, New Bedford, and Revere all enter the top 25 from the 15 out. English handed Swampscott its only loss and takes on a strong Revere team this coming weekend. Milford dominated North Attleboro, and New Bedford's win over Barnstable cements the Whalers' status as a legit challenger in Div. 2 South. Attleboro, Lowell, Minnechaug, and Milton all enter the 15 out. Rockland should have been in last week, but we mistakenly only had 14 out. The Bulldogs are in now.

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