Sept. 24 MIAA Top 25 breakdown

Updated: Sep 25, 2019

A closer look at our statewide top 25.

Who's on top?

Catholic Memorial, and we feel even better about that after Friday night's win over Springfield Central. As Knights coach John DiBiaso said shortly after tying Armond Colombo with his 316th all-time win, it was a war. As we have seen many times over the first few weeks of the season, DiBiaso was also correct in essentially calling it a war of attrition with the 12-minute quarters.

New No. 2

Brian St. Pierre was quoted in multiple outlets after his team's win over Central Catholic, "We have not a lot of people talking about us right now, and we're fine with that. But we don't understand it. We just keep showing up, and hopefully someone will take notice." OK. The Prep was a top 5 or better squad in every poll. St. Pierre can motivate his team however he wants, but we're not buying the disrespect line. Poor ole Prep moves to No. 2 here.

Panthers pop

Holliston makes a nice jump to No. 12 with its 21-18 win over Barnstable. We've had the Panthers as our No. 1 team in Division 5 since the preseason, but we are not going to give up on Barnstable, which dropped to No. 13. The Red Raiders had the unfortunate task of having to make the drive up from the Cape for a 10 a.m. start in some very favorable scheduling for Holliston. That's not to take away from the Panthers' accomplishment. That's a quality win. But Barnstable won't suffer too much from it.

Rangers rise

We had the Rangers in our first 15 out since the preseason, but were not sure they would be up to the task against an always-fierce Tewksbury squad. Quarterback Connor Bryant, though, was brilliant, and the Rangers played well on both sides of the ball to come away with a 26-14 win. Methuen makes the big jump to No. 17 with the win.

Moving out

Acton-Boxboro and Lynn Classical fell out of the first 15 out with decisive losses to good teams, but are still in the mix with big games on the horizon. Leominster, Lynn English, and Scituate fall out of the top 25. Those squads lost, but the games were competitive. There are big showdowns coming with those three, as well.

Moving in

In addition to Methuen, Beverly and North Andover jump into the top 25. The Panthers took care of Lynn English in a clash between two of the top teams in a loaded Northeastern Conference, and North Andover beat a very good Lowell team that we still feel like will be a factor in both the MVC Large and Division 1 North.

New/old faces

Duxbury and Melrose jump into the first 15 out. The Dragons return after making up for a slow start with a big win over Scituate. Melrose might have had the most impressive win in the weekend in blowing out Lincoln-Sudbury and was a close call to keep out of the top 25.

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