Wildcats debut at No. 19; Liberty also enters

Pictured above: Arundel’s Ja’Von Johnson holds a championship belt after recovering a fumble during the Wildcats’ season opening victory over Perry Hall. The Anne Arundel County is 19th in the first VSN Football Top 20 of the new season.

by Derek Toney

Jack Walsh knew he had some ginormous shoes to fill when he became Arundel High’s football coach earlier in the year. The new era in Gambrills looked a lot like the old as the Wildcats are 19th in the first VSN Football Top 20 of the 2018 regular season.

Arundel routed Perry Hall, 42-21, in Walsh’s debut as successor to legendary coach Chuck Markiewicz. Markiewicz, now an assistant at Archbishop Spalding, won 146 games in 18 seasons at Arundel and an Anne Arundel County-record 234 games (31 seasons total) before retiring.

Liberty is the highest newcomer at 18th after dispatching then-No. 19 Boys’ Latin in its season debut Friday evening in Carroll County. The opening weekend was filled with delays, pushing games into Tuesday.

St. Frances Academy and  Archbishop Spalding, who both had closely contests wiped out because of the weather, hold the two spots followed by Broadneck, Mount St. Joseph and Howard. The next five remains the same with Milford Mill Academy, Calvert Hall College, McDonogh School, Dunbar and Westminster

Here is the entire 2018 VSN Football Top 20 for week 1:




Preseason rank: #1

Last week: The Panthers’ match with Philadelphia’s St. Joseph Prep was stopped in the third quarter because of weather and declared a no-contest.

This week: vs. Christ the King (NY) at Patterson Park, Sept. 7


Preseason rank: #2

Last week: The Cavaliers’ match with Good Counsel was stopped in the fourth quarter because of weather and declared a no-contest.

This week: vs. Benedictine College Prep (VA), Sept. 7


3. BROADNECK (1-0)

Preseason rank: #3

Last week: The Bruins defeated Bowie, 21-13.

This week: vs. North County, Sept. 7


Preseason rank: #4

Last week: The Gaels defeated New Jersey’s Holy Spirit, 35-16.

This week: at Good Counsel, Sept. 7

5. HOWARD (1-0)

Preseason rank: #5

Last week: The Lions defeated Oakland Mills, 33-12.

This week: at No. 11 Glenelg, Sept. 7


Preseason rank: #6

Last game: The Millers defeated Tuscarora, 20-14, Monday, in completion of game that started Friday.

This week: vs. Woodlawn, Sept. 7


Preseason rank: #7

Last game: The Cardinals defeated St. Vincent Pallotti, 37-7, Monday in completion of game that was postponed Friday because of weather.

This week: vs. Henry A. Wise, Sept. 7


Preseason rank: #8

Last week: The Eagles didn’t play (game with Friendship Collegiate Academy was cancelled because of weather)

This week: at Berks Catholic (PA), Sept. 7


9. DUNBAR (0-0)

Preseason rank: #9

Last week: The Poets’ game with Allegany was stopped in the second quarter because of weather and declared a no-contest.

This week: vs. Potomac, Sept. 7


Preseason rank: #10

Last week: The Owls defeated Urbana, 43-7.

This week: at South Hagerstown, Sept. 7

11. GLENELG (1-0)

Preseason rank: #11

Last week: The Gladiators defeated Centennial, 37-0.

This week: vs. No. 5 Howard, Sept. 7


12. OLD MILL (0-1)

Preseason rank: #12

Last week: The Patriots lost to North Point, 17-15.

This week: vs. Annapolis, Sept. 7


13. MERVO (1-0)

Preseason rank: #13

Last week: The Mustangs defeated Dulaney, 42-0, at Johns Hopkins University.

This week: at William Penn (DE), Sept. 7

14. EDGEWOOD (0-0)

Preseason rank: #14

Last week: The Rams’ game with Parkville was cancelled because of weather.

This week: at Linganore, Sept. 7

15. FRANKLIN (1-0)

Preseason rank: #15

Last week: The Indians defeated Woodlawn, 26-8.

This week: vs. DeMatha Catholic, Sept. 7

16. RIVER HILL (1-0)

Preseason rank: #16

Last week: The Hawks defeated Hammond, 35-0.

This week: at Reservoir, Sept. 7

17. HARFORD TECH (1-0)

Preseason rank: #17

Last week: The Cobras defeated Capital Christian Academy, 47-8.

This week: at Tower School (DE), Sept. 7

18. LIBERTY (1-0)

Preseason rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Lions defeated then-No. 19 Boys’ Latin School, 34-14.

This week: vs. Walkersville, Sept. 7

19. ARUNDEL (1-0)

Preseason rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Wildcats defeated Perry Hall, 42-21.

This week: vs. Meade, Sept. 7

20. HAVRE DE GRACE (1-0)

Preseason rank: #20

Last week: The Warriors defeated Lake Clifton, 28-14.

This week: at Joppatowne, Sept. 7