Postseason bound Gilman, St. Mary’s enters; Mount St. Joseph slips into Top 5 


A pair surging squads, Gilman School and St. Mary’s, highlight the final VSN Top 20 football poll of the regular season. In a crazy final weekend of MIAA A regular season play, Gilman, outside of the playoff picture entering play, captured the No. 2 seed after a thrilling 24-21 victory over rival McDonogh School. The Greyhounds, who finished in a five-way tie and gained the No. 2 spot via tiebreaker, will play Calvert Hall College in a semifinal Sunday at CCBC-Essex. St. Mary’s enters the VSN Top 20 for the first time in several years. The Saints play in the MIAA B final Saturday against Severn School, a team it routed last Saturday. St. Frances Academy remains No. 1 followed by Broadneck, Howard and McDonogh. Mount St. Joseph rounds out the Top 5 after knocking off then-No. 5 Archbishop Spalding Saturday, but the Gaels fell short in the MIAA A playoff tiebreaker, ending their season.   Pictured above: Gilman football players celebrate their victory over rival McDonogh School last Saturday. The Greyhounds return to the VSN Football Tp 20 poll at No. 10. Here is the entire VSN Football Top 20 for Week 10:

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 – WEEK 10

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (10-0)

Previous rank: #1
 Last week: defeated Silver Oak Academy, 53-0
Next game: vs. No. 5 McDonogh School, MIAA A Conference semifinals at CCBC-Essex, Nov. 12

2. BROADNECK (10-0)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: defeated Annapolis, 40-18

Next game: vs. No. 12 Meade, Class 4A East Region semifinal, Nov. 10

3. HOWARD (10-0)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: defeated Oakland Mills, 44-8

This week: vs. Sherwood, Class 4A North Region semifinal, Nov. 10

4. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (6-4)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: lost to Gilman School, 24-21

Next game: vs. No. 1 St. Frances Academy, MIAA A Conference semifinal at CCBC-Essex, Nov. 12

5. MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH (6-4)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: defeated then-No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, 22-7

SEASON COMPLETE

6. RIVER HILL (9-0)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated Marriotts Ridge, 17-10

Next game: vs. Glenelg, Class 3A South Region semifinal, Nov. 10

7. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (5-4)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: lost to then-No. 7 Mount St. Joseph, 22-7

SEASON COMPLETE

8. DUNBAR (8-1)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: defeated Patterson, 58-18

Next game: vs. Chesapeake-Baltimore County, Class 1A North Region semifinal, Nov. 10

9. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (9-1)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated Dulaney, 58-22

Next game: vs. C. Milton Wright, Class 3A North Region semifinal, Nov. 11

10. GILMAN SCHOOL (4-6)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated No. 4 McDonogh School, 24-21

Next game: vs. No. 11 Calvert Hall College, MIAA A Conference semifinals at CCBC-Essex, Nov. 12

11. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (6-4)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated Avalon School, 32-31

Next game: vs. No. 10 Gilman School, MIAA A Conference semifinal at CCBC-Essex, Nov. 12

12. MEADE (8-2)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: defeated Glen Burnie, 39-20

Next game: at No. 2 Broadneck, Class 4A East Region semifinal, Nov. 10

13. ARUNDEL (8-2)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: defeated Severna Park, 41-20

Next game: at North Point, Class 4A East Region semifinal, Nov. 10

14. WESTMINSTER (9-1)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated South Carroll, 48-16

Next game: vs. Watkins Mill, Class 3A West Region semifinal, Nov. 10

15. OLD MILL (7-3)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated South River, 42-28

SEASON COMPLETE

16. PERRY HALL (8-2)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated Catonsville, 56-7

Next game: at Paint Branch, Class 4A North Region semifinal, Nov. 10

17. MERVO (8-2)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated Edmondson, 12-8

SEASON COMPLETE

18. HARFORD TECH (10-0)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Joppatowne, 57-14

Next game: vs. Elkton, Class 2A East Region semifinal, Nov. 10

19. EDGEWOOD (7-3)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: defeated Fallston, 48-14

Next game: at Franklin, Class 3A North Region semifinal, Nov. 10

20. HAVRE DE GRACE (9-1)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: defeated North Harford, 41-14

Next game: vs. Colonel Richardson, Class 1A East Region semifinal, Nov. 10

20. SAINT MARY’S (6-4)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 18 Severn School, 35-7

Next game: vs. Severn School, MIAA B Conference final at Archbishop Spalding, Nov. 11