Playoff-bound Howard County squad returns at No. 20; Franklin moves into Top 5


Glenelg, with running back Kyle Dry, is hoping to repeat last postseason when the Gladiators reached the state football finals. The Gladiators are 20th in this week’s VSN Football Top 20.

by Derek Toney

After a historic 2018 season and a transitional 2019 regular season, Glenelg High is hoping to make another a serious postseason run. The Howard County school is back in VSN’s Football Top 20.

The 20th-ranked Gladiators (6-3) host Century in a Class 2A West Region opening round Friday. Last season, Glenelg reached the 2A state final, its first-ever, behind VSN Offensive Player of the Year Wande Owens, now a freshman at Yale University.

The western HoCo school had a solid regular season, losing to HoCo league champ River Hill and eventual Carroll County Athletic League champ Westminster. The Gladiator loss was in a 49-42 shootout to Frederick County’s Urbana, which is in the 4A state playoffs.

It’s postseason time as the public playoffs, with a new format, starts this weekend along with the MIAA playoffs. Fifty-five area squads will participate in the state public postseason, which has expanded to 32 teams in each classification (previously was 16).

Nationally-ranked St. Frances Academy, playing an independent schedule this season, maintains its grip at No. 1 followed by McDonogh School, Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College and Franklin, which begins its quest for a second straight 3A state title. Mervo, Loyola Blakefield, South River, Archbishop Spalding and Dunbar makes up the rest of the Top 10. 

Here is the VSN Football Top 20 for week 9:

 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 9

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (9-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: defeated Clarkson Football North (Canada) by forfeit

This week: at Life Christian Academy (VA), Nov. 8

 

 

2. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (10-0)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: defeated Gilman School, 45-6

This week: vs. No. 9 Archbishop Spalding, MIAA A Conference semifinal, Nov. 8

3. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (8-2)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: defeated then-No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, 49-7

This week: vs. No. 4 Calvert Hall College, MIAA A Conference semifinal, Nov. 9

 

 

 

4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (8-2)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: defeated Avalon School, 31-13

This week: at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, MIAA A Conference semifinal, Nov. 9

5. FRANKLIN (7-2)

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated Woodlawn, 50-8

This week: vs. Edgewood, Class 3A North Region first round, Nov. 8

6. MERVO (9-0)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: defeated Digital Harbor by forfeit

This week: vs. Kenwood, Class 3A North Region first round, Nov. 8

 

 

7. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (8-1)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: defeated Largo, 47-12

This week: Off; next game – vs. Calvert Hall College, 100th Turkey Bowl at Towson University, Nov. 28

8. SOUTH RIVER (9-0)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated North County, 49-7

This week: vs. Annapolis, Class 4A East Region first round, Nov. 8

 

9. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (5-5)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: lost to No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, 49-7

This week: at No. 2 McDonogh School, MIAA A Conference semifinal, Nov. 8

 

10. DUNBAR (8-1)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated Patterson, 36-0

This week: vs. Douglass, Class 1A North Region first round, Nov. 8

 

 

11. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (8-1)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: defeated Overlea, 27-8

This week: vs. Digital Harbor, Class 2A North Region first round, Nov. 8

 

12. ELKTON (9-0)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: defeated then-No. 17 Harford Tech, 52-6

This week: vs. North East, Class 2A East Region first round, Nov. 8

 

13. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI (9-1)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated Concordia Prep, 14-13

This week: vs. Archbishop Curley, MIAA B Conference semifinal at Fairland Regional Park, Nov. 8

 

14. ST. MARY’S (7-3)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated Severn School, 21-3

This week: vs. John Carroll School, MIAA B Conference semifinal, Nov. 8

 

15. RIVER HILL (8-1)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated Howard, 14-7

This week: vs. Wilde Lake, Class 3A East Region first round, Nov. 8

 

16. WESTMINSTER (7-2)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated Winters Mill, 45-14

This week: vs. Long Reach, Class 3A East Region first round, Nov. 8

17. PARKVILLE (9-0)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: defeated Kenwood, 37-0

This week: vs. Wheaton, Class 4A North Region first round at Perry Hall, Nov. 8

18. LIBERTY (6-3)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated Manchester Valley, 42-7

This week: vs. Oakland Mills, Class 2A West Region first round, Nov. 8

19. MARRIOTTS RIDGE (7-2)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: defeated Atholton, 35-7

This week: vs. Atholton, Class 3A East Region first round, Nov. 8

 

 

20. GLENELG (6-3)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Long Reach, 43-6

This week: vs. Century, Class 2A West Region first round, Nov. 8