Severna Park makes initial appearance; Loyola returns


by Derek Toney
After an impressive spring, Severna Park High has carried the momentum into the early weeks of the 2021 fall regular season. The Falcons are one of two new teams in the latest VSN Football Top 20.
It’s the first-ever VSN Top 20 ranking for the Anne Arundel County school, which won all four starts in the spring. The Falcons have yet to allow a point in its three regular season outings.
Loyola Blakefield, which was knocked out the poll (15th in preseason) after dropping its opener to St. Mary’s, is back after dominating then-No. 10 St. Vincent Pallotti this past weekend. St. Frances Academy, coming off a rout of perennial WCAC power Our Lady of Good Counsel, remains No. 1 followed by Archbishop Spalding, Calvert Hall College, Mount St. Joseph and McDonogh School.
There are no Top 20 matchups this weekend, but there will be several intriguing games. Spalding hosts nationally-ranked Gonzaga College (No. 22 in latest USA Today Super 25 and No. 1 in District region by Washington Post), undefeated and 17th-ranked Atholton is at unbeaten Oakland Mills (3-0) in Howard County league action. Owings Mills puts its promising 3-0 start on the line at No. 10 Milford Mill Academy in a battle for first in Baltimore County’s Division II.
Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 3.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 1
Last week: defeated Our Lady of Good Counsel, 50-7
This week: Off; next game – at De La Salle (CA), Oct. 1


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING
Record: 4-0
Previous rank: 2
Last week: defeated Archbishop Curley, 49-0
This week: vs. Gonzaga College (D.C.), Sept. 24


3. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE
Record: 3-0
Previous rank: 3
Last week: defeated Riverdale Baptist School, 42-0
This week: vs. Northeast, Sept. 24


4. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Record: 3-1
Previous rank: 4
Last week: defeated John Carroll School, 23-6
This week: vs. Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sept. 25


5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL
Record: 1-2
Previous rank: 5
Last week: defeated then-No. 14 St. Mary’s, 42-6
This week: vs. LaSalle College (PA), Sept. 25


6. FRANKLIN
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 6
Last week: defeated Dulaney, 56-18
This week: vs. Perry Hall, Sept. 24


7. BROADNECK 
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 7
Last week: defeated Bullis School, 38-7
This week: at Meade, Sept. 24


8. DUNBAR
Record: 3-0
Previous rank: 9
Last week: defeated then-No. 8 Mervo, 48-46 (OT)
This week: vs. Poly at Sugar Cain Field, Sept. 24


9. MERVO
Record: 1-1
Previous rank: 8
Last week: lost to then-No. 9 Dunbar, 48-46 (OT)
This week: at Patterson, Sept. 24

10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: No. 11
Last week: defeated Overlea, 57-0
This week: vs. Owings Mills, Sept. 24


11. OLD MILL
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 12
Last week: defeated Arundel, 48-3
This week: vs. Annapolis, Sept. 24


12. DUNDALK
Record: 3-0

Previous rank: 13
Last week: defeated Perry Hall, 14-7
This week: vs. Westminster, Sept. 24


13. LONG REACH 
Record: 3-0
Previous rank: 15
Last week: defeated Mount Hebron, 18-6
This week: vs. Howard, Sept. 24


14. SOUTH CARROLL 
Record: 3-0
Previous rank: 17
Last week: defeated Westminster, 16-7
This week: vs. Manchester Valley, Sept. 24


15. ST. MARY’S
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 14
Last week: lost to No. 5 McDonogh School, 42-6
This week: vs. Archbishop Curley at Pascal Field, Sept. 24

16. RIVER HILL 
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 18
Last week: defeated Marriotts Ridge, 27-7
This week: vs. Mount Hebron, Sept. 24


17. ATHOLTON
Record: 3-0
Previous rank: 19
Last week: defeated Centennial, 57-12
This week: at Oakland Mills, Sept. 24


18. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: Not ranked
Last week: defeated then-No. 10 St. Vincent Pallotti, 34-6
This week: at Georgetown Prep, Sept. 25


19. SEVERNA PARK
Record: 3-0
Previous rank: Not ranked
Last week: defeated North County, 39-0
This week: at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Sept. 24



20. CONCORDIA PREP
Record: 2-1
Previous rank: 20
Last week: lost to Avalon School, 14-12
This week: vs. Boys’ Latin School, Sept. 24