Gladiators return while Panthers make first appearance in several seasons; Mount St. Joseph moves to No. 3


by Derek Toney

With another alum leading the way, Annapolis High is off to a promising start. The Panthers have a spot in the latest VSN Football Top 20.

Annapolis, under DeWayne Hunt, are 3-1 and ranked No. 19 (first VSN ranking since 2017) after winning at previously undefeated and 18th-ranked Severna Park last Friday. Hunt, a 1999 Annapolis grad who was a volunteer coach at the Naval Academy succeeded Nick Good-Malloy, a 2001 grad who was VSN Football Coach of the Year in 2016 and guided the Panther football program for nine seasons.

Annapolis hosts No. 7 Broadneck, Friday evening in the state capital.

Glenelg has a second tour in this year’s Top 20 after handing then-No. 20 Oakland Mills its first loss. St. Frances Academy, which posted a solid victory at California prep school stronghold De La Salle, is again No. 1

Spalding, Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College and McDonogh School make the remainder of the Top 5. Mount St. Joseph is up to No. 3 (was 4th last week) after outlasting McDonogh School. Concordia Prep advances from 19th to No. 18.

In addition to Annapolis/Broadneck, there’s another Top 20 match in Annapolis Friday evening as No. 4 Calvert Hall takes on 15th-ranked St. Mary’s at Pascal Field. Saturday morning, No. 17 Loyola welcomes fifth-ranked McDonogh.

Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 5.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 1

Last week: defeated De La Salle (CA), 42-28

This week: Off; next game – at Life Christian Academy (VA), Oct. 15


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 6-0

Previous rank: 2

Last week: defeated then-No. 3 Calvert Hall College, 37-14

This week: vs. Malvern Prep (PA), Oct. 8


3. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 4-2

Previous rank: 4

Last week: defeated No. 5 McDonogh School, 14-11

This week: Off; next game – vs. St. Vincent Pallotti, Oct. 16


4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 3

Last week: lost to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 37-14

This week: vs. No. 15 St. Mary’s at Pascal Field, Oct. 8


5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 1-4

Previous rank: 5

Last week: lost to then-No. 4 Mount St. Joseph, 14-11

This week: at No. 17 Loyola Blakefield, Oct. 9


6. FRANKLIN

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 6

Last week: defeated Catonsville, 35-7

This week: at Parkville, Oct. 9


7. BROADNECK 

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 7

Last week: defeated North County, 51-14

This week: at No. 19 Annapolis, Oct. 8


8. DUNBAR

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 8

Last week: defeated Douglass, 42-0

This week: at Reginald Lewis, Oct. 8


9. MERVO

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 9

Last week: defeated Forest Park, 41-0

This week: vs. Digital Harbor at Banner Park, Oct. 8


10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: No. 10

Last week: defeated Woodlawn, 41-0

This week: at New Town, Oct. 9


11. OLD MILL

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 11

Last week: defeated South River, 32-0

This week: at Meade, Oct. 8


12. DUNDALK

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 12

Last week: Did not play

This week: Monday, defeated Towson, 56-0; at Catonsville, Oct. 8


13. LONG REACH 

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 13

Last week: defeated Marriotts Ridge, 47-14

This week: vs. Centennial, Oct. 9


14. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 14

Last week: defeated Thomas Johnson, 36-6

This week: at Winters Mill, Oct. 8


15. ST. MARY’S

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 15

Last week: defeated John Carroll School, 17-16

This week: vs. No. 4 Calvert Hall College at Pascal Field, Oct. 8


16. RIVER HILL 

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 16

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 28-0

This week: vs. Atholton, Oct. 8


17. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 17

Last week: defeated St. Paul’s School, 36-0

This week: vs. No. 5 McDonogh School, Oct. 9


18. CONCORDIA PREP

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 19

Last week: defeated Severn School by forfeit

This week: Off; next game – vs. St. Paul’s School, Oct. 16


19. ANNAPOLIS

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 18 Severna Park, 12-7

This week: vs. No. 7 Broadneck, Oct. 8


20. GLENELG

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 20 Oakland Mills, 20-8

This week: at Howard, Oct. 8