Howard County state semifinalist in at 20; Glenelg, Harford Tech moves up


On a historic playoff run, Long Reach High is back in VSN’s Football Top 20.

The Lightning won their first region title last Friday with a 37-0 pounding of Atholton in the Class 3A East Region final. The Columbia school captured its first playoff victory with a road win at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel two weeks ago in the East semifinal.

Long Reach, which plays at No. 8 Milford Mill Academy Saturday, is one of three Howard County squads in the state semifinals. Glenelg, unranked entering the postseason, is up to 12th after winning the 2A South Region title. The Gladiators will try to stop Montgomery County powerhouse Damascus’ bid for a third straight state championship Friday night.

Howard is No. 2 after a fourth consecutive 4A North Region championship. The Ellicott City school plays at two-time defending 4A champ and state No. 2 Henry A. Wise in a state semifinal Friday evening in Upper Marlboro.

St. Frances, the state’s top-ranked squad, solidified its area and state placement with a 44-7 victory over Gilman School to claim a second straight MIAA A Conference crown. Broadneck, McDonogh School and Mount St. Joseph completes the Top 5.

Here is the entire VSN Football Top 20 for Week 12:

Pictured above: Long Reach celebrates after winning its first region championship last Friday evening. The Lightning have a second tour this season in the VSN Football Top 20. 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 – WEEK 12

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (12-0)

Previous rank: #1
 Last week: defeated No. 7 Gilman School, 44-7, MIAA A Conference final
Next game: Geico State Champions Bowl at Grand Canyon University (Arizona), Dec. 23

2. HOWARD (12-0)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: defeated Paint Branch, 33-20, Class 4A North Region final

Next game: at Henry A. Wise, 4A state semifinal, Nov. 24

3. BROADNECK (11-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: lost to North Point, 28-16, Class 4A East Region final

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 4A EAST REGION FINALIST & ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CHAMPION

4. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (6-5)

Previous rank: #4

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST

5. MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH (6-4)

Previous rank: #5

SEASON COMPLETE

6. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (5-4)

Previous rank: #7

SEASON COMPLETE 

7. GILMAN SCHOOL (5-7)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: lost to No. 1 St. Frances Academy, 44-7, MIAA A Conference final

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA A CONFERENCE FINALIST

8. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (11-1)

Last week’s ranking: No. 9

Last week: defeated No. 16 Edgewood, 33-14, Class 3A North Region final

Next game: vs. Long Reach, 3A state semifinal, Nov. 25

9. DUNBAR (10-1)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: defeated Reginald Lewis, Class 1A North Region final

Next game: vs. No. 19 Havre de Grace, 1A state semifinal, Nov. 25

10. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (6-5)

Previous rank: No. 10

Last week: Did not play

Next game: vs. Loyola Blakefield, Turkey Bowl at Towson University, Nov. 23

11. WESTMINSTER (10-2)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: lost to Linganore, 16-14, Class 3A West Region final

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 3A WEST REGION FINALIST & CARROLL COUNTY CHAMPION

12. GLENELG  (8-3)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated Thomas Stone, 27-18, Class 2A South Region final

Next game: at Damascus, 2A state semifinal, Nov. 24

13. HARFORD TECH (12-0)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Kent Island, 22-21, 2A East Region final

Next game: vs. Gwynn Park, 2A state semifinal, Nov. 25

14. RIVER HILL (9-1)

Previous rank: #15

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 2A SOUTH REGION SEMIFINALIST

15. MEADE (8-3)

Previous rank: #12

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 4A EAST REGION SEMIFINALIST

16. ARUNDEL (8-3)

Previous rank: #13

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 4A EAST REGION SEMIFINALIST

17. EDGEWOOD (8-4)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: lost to then-No. 9 Milford Mill Academy, 33-14, Class 3A North Region final

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 3A NORTH REGION FINALIST

18. ST. MARY’S (7-4)

Previous rank: #20

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA B CONFERENCE CHAMMPIONS

19. HAVRE DE GRACE (11-1)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: defeated Bohemia Manor, 48-14, Class 1A East Region final

Next game: at No. 9 Dunbar, 1A state semifinal, Nov. 25

20. LONG REACH (8-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Atholton, 37-0, Class 3A East Region final

Next game: at No. 8 Milford Mill Academy, 3A state semifinal, Nov. 25