St. Frances goes wire-to-wire as No. 1 in VSN Football Top 20; state champ Dunbar finishes No. 8


A year ago, St. Frances Academy captured No. 1 in the final VSN Top 20, completing a somewhat surprising ascension. This fall, the Panthers put together one of the most dominant campaign by an area squad in recent years.

The east Baltimore school, which went wire-to-wire at No. 1, won a second straight MIAA A Conference championship. The Panthers, the state’s No. 1 team and USA Today’s national No. 12, outscored opponents in the MIAA A, the area’s premier league, 341-50 (including playoffs).

Howard, which lone loss came in the Class 4A state semifinals to three-time champ and state’s No. 2 Henry A. Wise from Prince George’s County, is No. 2 in the final VSN Top 20. Anne Arundel County champ Broadneck and MIAA A semifinalist McDonogh School place 3rd and 4th respectively.

Mount St. Joseph, which gave St. Frances its closest match of the season (37-22) completes the Top 5. The bottom half of the Top 10 features Archbishop Spalding, MIAA A finalist Gilman School, 1A state champ Dunbar, 3A state finalist Milford Mill Academy and MIAA A semifinalist Calvert Hall College.

Here is the final VSN Football Top 20 for 2017:

Pictured above: St. Frances Academy was dominant in the 2017 football season, winning a second straight MIAA A Conference title. The Panthers capture No. 1 in the final VSN Top 20 for the second straight season.

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 – FINAL POLL

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (12-0)

Last week’s rank: #1
Preseason rank: #1
MIAA A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

2. HOWARD (12-1)

Last week’s rank: #2

Preseason rank: #8

CLASS 4A STATE SEMIFINALIST & HOWARD COUNTY CO-CHAMPION

3. BROADNECK (11-1)

Last week’s rank: #3

Preseason rank: #5

CLASS 4A EAST REGION FINALIST & ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CHAMPION

4. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (6-5)

Last week’s rank: #4

Preseason rank: #3

MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST

5. MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH (6-4)

Last week’s rank: #5

Preseason rank: #6

 

6. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (5-4)

Last week’s rank: #6

Preseason rank: #2

7. GILMAN SCHOOL (5-7)

Last week’s rank: #7

Preseason rank: Not ranked

MIAA A CONFERENCE FINALIST

8. DUNBAR (12-1)

Last week’s rank: #9

Preseason rank: #17

Last week: defeated Fort Hill, 30-26, Class 1A state final

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPION


9. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (12-2)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: lost to Linganore, 28-27, 3A state final

CLASS 3A STATE FINALIST

10. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (7-5)

Last week’s rank: #10

Preseason rank: #10

MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST

11. WESTMINSTER (10-2)

Last week’s rank: #11

Preseason rank: #19

CLASS 3A WEST REGION FINALIST & CARROLL COUNTY CHAMPION


12. HARFORD TECH (12-1)

Last week’s rank: #13

Preseason rank: Not ranked

CLASS 2A STATE SEMIFINALIST


13. GLENELG (8-4)

Last week’s rank: #12

Preseason rank: #16

CLASS 2A STATE SEMIFINALIST

14. RIVER HILL (9-1)

Last week’s rank: #14

Preseason rank: #18

CLASS 2A SOUTH REGION SEMIFINALIST & HOWARD COUNTY CO-CHAMPION

15. MEADE (8-3)

Last week’s rank: #15

Preseason rank: Not ranked

CLASS 4A EAST REGION SEMIFINALIST

16. ARUNDEL (8-3)

Last week’s rank: #16

Preseason rank: #14

CLASS 4A EAST REGION SEMIFINALIST

17. EDGEWOOD (8-4)

Las week’s rank: #17

Preseason rank: Not ranked

CLASS 3A NORTH REGION FINALIST

18. ST. MARY’S (7-4)

Last week’s rank: #18

Preseason rank: Not ranked

MIAA B CONFERENCE CHAMPION

19. HAVRE DE GRACE (11-2)

Last week’s rank: #19

Preseason rank: #20

CLASS 1A STATE SEMIFINALIST

20. LONG REACH (8-4)

Last week’s rank: #20

Preseason rank: #13

CLASS 3A STATE SEMIFINALIST