Saints, Raiders off to promising start; Calvert Hall jumps to No.3


by Derek Toney

After getting past Glenelg High in Howard County action last weekend, Atholton is one of two new teams in the second VSN Top 20 of the regular season.

The 19th-ranked Raiders, who topped then-No 15 Glenelg, 26-24, is joined by Concordia Prep. The Saints are off to an impressive 2-0 start in MIAA B Conference play (defeated Archbishop Curley and John Carroll School by combine 61-2).

St. Frances Academy remains No. 1 with Archbishop Spalding, Calvert Hall College, Mount St. Joseph and McDonogh School in the Top 5. The nationally-ranked Panthers defeated Franklin Saturday at Morgan State University in their first local game in nearly four years.

The Indians fell a spot to No. 6, as well as St. Vincent Pallotti (10th). Long Reach, Elkton and South Carroll each advanced in this week’s poll.

This weekend features a pair of Top 20 matches, headlined by No. 8 Mervo and ninth-ranked Dunbar renewing their Baltimore City league rivalry Saturday afternoon at Poly’s Lumsden/Scott Stadium. Friday, 14th-ranked St. Mary’s visits No. 5 McDonogh School, which is looking for its first win.

Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 2.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: 1

Last week: defeated then-No. 5 Franklin, 47-6

This week: at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sept. 17


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 3-0

Previous rank: 2

Last week: defeated then-No. 9 St. Vincent Pallotti, 48-0

This week: at Archbishop Curley, Sept. 17


3. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 6

Last week: defeated then-No. 3 McDonogh School, 24-7

This week: vs. Riverdale Baptist School, Sept. 16


4. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 2-1

Previous rank: 4

Last week: defeated Gilman School, 56-27

This week: at John Carroll School, Sept. 17


5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 0-2

Previous rank: 3

Last week: lost to then-No. 6 Calvert Hall College, 24-7

This week: vs. No. 14 St. Mary’s, Sept. 17


6. FRANKLIN

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: 5

Last week: lost to No. 1 St. Frances Academy, 47-6

This week: at Dulaney, Sept. 18


7. BROADNECK 

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: 7

Last week: defeated South River, 30-13

This week: at Bullis School, Sept. 17


8. MERVO

Record: 1-0

Previous rank: 8

Last week: defeated Poly, 25-0

This week: vs. No. 9 Dunbar at Poly, Sept. 18


9. DUNBAR

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 10

Last week: defeated City College, 38-8

This week: vs. No. 8 Mervo at Poly, Sept. 18


10. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI

Record: 2-1

Preseason rank: 9

Last week: lost to No. 3 St. Vincent Pallotti, 48-0

This week: at Loyola Blakefield, Sept. 17


11. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: No. 11

Last week: defeated Hereford, 32-7

This week: vs. Overlea, Sept. 17


12. OLD MILL

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: 12

Last week: lost to Fort Hill, 28-13

This week: at Arundel, Sept. 17


13. DUNDALK

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 13

Last week: defeated Parkville, 37-6

This week: vs. Perry Hall, Sept. 17


14. ST. MARY’S

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 14

Last week: defeated St. Paul’s School, 24-3

This week: at No. 5 McDonogh School, Sept. 17


15. LONG REACH 

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 17

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 48-0

This week: at Mount Hebron, Sept. 17


16. ELKTON 

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 19

Last week: defeated Edgewood, 22-16

This week: vs. Aberdeen, Sept. 17


17. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 20

Last week: defeated Northeast, 17-7

This week: vs. Westminster, Sept. 17


18. RIVER HILL 

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: 18

Last week: defeated Howard, 16-0

This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Sept. 17


19. ATHOLTON

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 15 Glenelg, 26-24

This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Sept. 17


20. CONCORDIA PREP

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated John Carroll School, 47-0

This week: vs. Avalon School, Sept. 17