Westminster debuts with undefeated Parkville; McDonogh leaps to No. 3 


 

Led by Ben Flowers, Westminster has overcome a 0-2 start with three straight victories. The Owls enter this week’s VSN Football Top at No. 19.

by Derek Toney

After two lopsided defeats to start its season, Westminster High looked like a team in turmoil. The Carroll County school has changed course and earned a place in the latest VSN Football Top 20 poll.

The 19th-ranked Owls (3-2) have won three straight, the latest a 40-0 pounding of Carroll County Athletic League rival and previously unbeaten Manchester Valley this past Friday. The week before, Westminster rallied in the fourth quarter to beat then-No. 11 and defending Howard County champ Glenelg.

Parkville makes its first-ever appearance in VSN’s Top 20. The undefeated Knights (5-0) are off to their best start since 2005.

St. Frances continues its reign at No. 1 followed by Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh School, Archbishop Spalding and Calvert Hall College. Franklin, Mervo, Loyola Blakefield, Dunbar and Milford Mill Academy makes up the rest of the Top 10. 

Here is the VSN Football Top 20 for week 5:

 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 5

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (6-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: defeated Venice (FL), 49-7

This week: Off; next game – vs. IMG Academy (FL) at Morgan State University, Oct. 18

 

2. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (5-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: defeated Gilman School, 56-6

This week: vs. Avalon School, Oct. 12

 

 

3. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (6-0)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: defeated then-No. 4 Calvert Hall College, 28-8

This week: vs. Bishop Sullivan (VA), Oct. 11

 

 

4. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (4-2)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: lost to Life Christian Academy (VA), 30-29

This week: vs. Gilman School, Oct. 11

 

5. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (4-2)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: lost to then-No. 5 McDonogh School, 28-8

This week: vs. Royalty Institute, Oct. 12

6. FRANKLIN (4-1) 

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated Kenwood, 41-6

This week: at Towson, Oct. 12

7. MERVO (5-0)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: defeated Edmondson, 35-0

This week: at Douglass, Oct. 11

 

8. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (5-0)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: Did not play

This week: at No. 18 John Carroll School, Oct. 11

9. DUNBAR (4-1)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated City College, 22-6

This week: at Forest Park, Oct. 11

 

10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (4-1)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated Chesapeake-Baltimore County, 32-0

This week: vs. Owings Mills, Oct. 11

 

11. SOUTH RIVER (5-0)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: defeated Glen Burnie, 63-0

This week: vs. Severna Park, Oct. 11

 

12. ST. MARY’S (4-2)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: defeated Concordia Prep, 28-0

This week: vs. No. 14 St. Vincent Pallotti at Fairland Regional Park, Oct. 11

 

13. ELKTON (5-0)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: defeated Oakdale, 31-14

This week: at North East, Oct. 11

 

14. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI (6-1)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: defeated Archbishop Curley, 28-7

This week: vs. No. 12 St. Mary’s at Fairland Regional Park, Oct. 11

 

15. MARRIOTTS RIDGE (4-1)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 21-7

This week: at Liberty, Oct. 11

 

16. RIVER HILL (4-1)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated Wilde Lake, 41-7

This week: vs. Long Reach, Oct. 11

 

17. NEW TOWN (4-1)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Sparrows Point, 33-0

This week: vs. Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Oct. 12

 

 

18. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (4-1)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: defeated Severn School, 48-7

This week: vs. No. 8 Loyola Blakefield, Oct. 11

 

19. WESTMINSTER (3-2)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 20 Manchester Valley, 40-0

This week: at Francis Scott Key, Oct. 11

20. HARFORD TECH (5-0)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: defeated C. Milton Wright, 14-6

This week: vs. Patterson Mill, Oct. 11

20. PARKVILLE (5-0)

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Last week: defeated Catonsville, 34-14

This week: vs. Perry Hall, Oct. 12