Saints make inaugural appearance in VSN Football Top 20; South River enters


Concordia Prep had its way with Dundalk Friday evening, improving to 3-0. The win has propelled the Saints to its first VSN Top 20 ranking.

by Derek Toney

Three years ago, Concordia Prep football was non-existent…figuratively and literally. Now, the Saints have a place among the area’s best.

The Saints are 14th in the new VSN Top 20 poll – a first for the Towson school. Concordia Prep shutout then-No. 12 Dundalk last weekend

Concordia didn’t field a team in 2016 after its 2015 campaign was cancelled with two games left because it didn’t have enough players. The Saints returned to the field in 2017 (played independent schedule), and last season, reached the MIAA C Conference title game.

In the B Conference this season, Concordia Prep is off to a 2-0 start in league. The Saints play Severn School this weekend.

Despite failing in its bid to capture the nation’s No. 1 ranking (MaxPreps), St. Frances Academy is still No. 1 in VSN’s local poll, followed by Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College, Archbishop Spalding and McDonogh School. Franklin, Milford Mill Academy, Mervo, Dunbar and Loyola Blakefield round out the Top 10.

South River (No. 20) is also new to the poll. After reaching the 4A East Region final last season, the Seahawks are 2-0 with a road win at Westminster and decision over Meade last weekend in their Anne Arundel County season debut.

 

Here is the VSN Football Top 20 for week 2:

 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 2

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (3-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: lost to Mater Dei (CA), 34-18

This week: vs. Norland (FL) at Patterson Park, Sept. 20

 

2. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (2-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: Did not play

This week: vs. Kiski School (PA), Sept. 21

 

 

3. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (4-0)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: defeated Riverdale Baptist School, 40-0

This week: Off; next game – vs. No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, Sept. 27

 

4. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (3-0)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: defeated Bullis School, 43-29

This week: vs. Good Counsel, Sept. 20

 

5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (3-0)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated then-No. 5 Franklin, 35-3

This week: at Bullis School, Sept. 20

 

 

6. FRANKLIN (1-1) 

Previous rank: #5

Last week: lost to then-No. 6 McDonogh School, 35-3

This week: vs. No. 16 Dundalk, Sept. 20

7. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (2-0)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: defeated Hereford, 35-13

This week: vs. Eastern Tech, Sept. 20

 

8. MERVO (2-0)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: defeated Poly, 40-0

This week: vs. Lake Clifton, Sept. 20

 

9. DUNBAR (1-1)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated Digital Harbor, 47-0

This week: vs. Reginald Lewis, Sept. 20

 

10. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (3-0)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated Dulaney, 48-24

This week: vs. No. 12 Howard, Sept. 20

11. GLENELG (2-0)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated Smyrna (DE), 29-26

This week: at Urbana, Sept. 20

 

12. HOWARD (1-1)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: lost to South Hagerstown, 19-10

This week: at No. 10 Loyola Blakefield, Sept. 20

 

13. RIVER HILL (2-0)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Mount Hebron, 62-7

This week: vs. Reservoir, Sept. 20

 

14. CONCORDIA PREP (3-0)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 12 Dundalk, 13-0

This week: at Severn School, Sept. 20

 

15. ARUNDEL (1-1)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated Severna Park, 27-16

This week: at North County, Sept. 20

 

16. DUNDALK (1-1)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: lost to Concordia Prep, 13-0

This week: at No. 6 Franklin, Sept. 20

 

17. ST. MARY’S (1-2)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated Annapolis Area Christian School, 55-0

This week: vs. Boys’ Latin School, Sept. 20

 

18. ELKTON (2-0)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: defeated Edgewood, 42-8

This week: at Aberdeen, Sept. 20

 

19. SOUTH RIVER (2-0)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Meade, 35-14

This week: at Annapolis, Sept. 20

 

20. NEW TOWN (1-1)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: defeated Owings Mills, 42-8

This week: vs. Hereford, Sept. 21