Newly crowned MIAA A champs land No. 2; state semifinal-bound Arundel and Chesapeake-Anne Arundel debuts


by Derek Toney

After ending its decade-long title drought, Calvert Hall College is No. 2 in the latest VSN Football Top 20 poll.

The Hall defeated then-No. 2 McDonogh School, 14-8, in the MIAA A Conference championship match at Archbishop Spalding last Saturday. It’s the first MIAA A crown for the Cardinals since 2010.

The Towson school will have to get refocused as 16th-ranked Loyola Blakefield awaits Thanksgiving morning in the 101st Turkey Bowl at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The gridiron classic did not take place last Thanksgiving because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite league champ Broadneck and runner-up Old Mill falling in state public quarterfinal action last weekend, Anne Arundel County still showed strong as Chesapeake-AA and Arundel continue solid postseason runs.

Arundel is in the Class 4A/3A final four after winning at Montgomery County’s Seneca Valley – one of the state’s iconic high school programs (record 12 state titles) – in the quarterfinals. The No. 18 Wildcats will play at seventh-ranked Dundalk Friday evening for a spot in the state final next Thursday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Chesapeake-AA is in the 3A state semifinals for a second time in four seasons after routing then-No. 14 Atholton (27-0) in last weekend’s quarterfinals. After two impressive road showings in Howard County (defeated Long Reach, 39-12, in South Region second round two weeks ago), the Pasadena school heads to Calvert County Friday for a state semifinal match with Northern.

St. Frances Academy, which concluded its campaign with an impressive victory over nation’s No. 3 IMG Academy in Florida, continues its reign at No. 1, followed by Calvert Hall, Spalding, McDonogh and Mount St. Joseph.

Broadneck, which dropped a heartbreaking overtime decision at Prince George’s County power Charles H. Flowers in the 4A state quarterfinals, remain the area’s top public squad at No. 6 with Dundalk, Dunbar, Milford Mill Academy and Mervo completing the Top 10.

Nine ranked squads are in play heading into Thanksgiving weekend’s state semifinal round.

Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 12.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY

Record: 7-1

Previous rank: 1

Last week: defeated IMG Academy (FL), 34-24

SEASON COMPLETE


2. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 9-2

Previous rank: 4

Last week: defeated then-No. 2 McDonogh School, 14-8, MIAA A Conference final

This week: vs. No. 16 Loyola Blakefield, Turkey Bowl at Towson University, Nov. 25


3. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 10-1

Previous rank: 3

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST


4. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 6-6

Previous rank: 2

Last week: lost to then-No. 4 Calvert Hall College, 14-8, MIAA A Conference final

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA A CONFERENCE FINALIST


5. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 7-4

Previous rank: 5

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST


6. BROADNECK

Record: 8-2

Previous rank: 6

Last week: lost to Charles H. Flowers, 43-36, Class 4A state quarterfinal

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 4A STATE QUARTERFINALISTS & ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CHAMPIONS


7. DUNDALK

Record: 11-0

Previous rank: 7

Last week: defeated Urbana, 20-15, Class 4A/3A state quarterfinal

This week: vs. No. 18 Arundel, 4A/3A state semifinal, Nov. 26


8. DUNBAR

Record: 10-0

Previous rank: 8

Last week: defeated Gwynn Park, 64-6, Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal

This week: vs. Lackey, 2A/1A state semifinal at Sugar Cain Field


9. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY

Record: 11-1

Previous rank: No. 10

Last week: defeated then-No. 15 Glenelg, 35-0, Class 2A state quarterfinal

This week: at Huntingtown, 2A state semifinal, Nov. 26


10. MERVO

Record: 9-1

Previous rank: 11

Last week: defeated North Point, 34-7, Class 4A/3A state quarterfinal

This week: at Sherwood, 4A/3A state semifinal, Nov. 26


11. FRANKLIN

Record: 9-3

Previous rank: 9

Last week: lost to Frederick, 49-38, Class 3A state quarterfinal

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 3A STATE QUARTERFINALISTS


12. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 11-0

Previous rank: 13

Last week: defeated Williamsport, 27-7, Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal

This week: vs. No. 19 Harford Tech, 2A/1A state semifinal, Nov. 26


13. CONCORDIA PREP

Record: 10-2

Previous rank: 17

Last week: defeated No. 16 Loyola Blakefield, 14-3, MIAA B Conference final

SEASON COMPLETE – MIAA B CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS


14. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL 

Record: 9-2

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 14 Atholton, 27-0, Class 3A state quarterfinal

This week: at Northern-Calvert, 3A state semifinal, Nov. 26


15. OLD MILL

Record: 8-3

Previous rank: 12

Last week: lost to Quince Orchard, 41-6, Class 4A state quarterfinal

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 4A STATE QUARTERFINALIST


16. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

Record: 8-3

Previous rank: 16

Last week: lost to then-No. 17 Concordia Prep, 14-3, MIAA B Conference final

This week: vs. No. 2 Calvert Hall College, Turkey Bowl at Towson University, Nov. 25


17. OAKLAND MILLS

Record: 10-1

Previous rank: 18

Last week: defeated then-No. 19 Owings Mills, 22-14, Class 2A state quarterfinal

This week: vs. Douglass-Prince George’s, 2A state semifinal, Nov. 26


18. ARUNDEL

Record: 8-3

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Seneca Valley, 29-21, Class 4A/3A state quarterfinals

This week: at No. 7 Dundalk, 4A/3A state semifinal, Nov. 26


19. HARFORD TECH

Record: 9-1

Previous rank: 20

Last week: defeated Largo, 42-6, Class 2A/1A state quarterfinal

This week: at No. 12 South Carroll, 2A/1A state semifinal, Nov. 26


20. OWINGS MILLS

Record: 10-2

Previous rank: 19

Last week: lost to then-No. 18 Oakland Mills, 22-14

SEASON COMPLETE – CLASS 2A STATE QUARTERFINALIST