Dundalk moves into Top 10; four key matches on tap this weekend


by Derek Toney
After a huge victory, Dundalk High has its highest ranking in VSN’s Football Top 20.
The Owls are No. 7 in the latest poll, thanks to a 27-13 victory over then-No. 6 Franklin last weekend. It was the Owls’ first victory over the perennial Baltimore County powerhouse since 2015 (Dundalk reached Class 3A state final) and put the Delvale Avenue school in position for the Baltimore County Division I championship (can clinch outright with victory this weekend).
St. Frances Academy remains No. 1, followed by Archbishop Spalding, Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College and McDonogh School. Broadneck (No. 6), Dunbar (8th), Franklin (No. 9) and Milford Mill Academy round out the Top 10.
There are four Top 20 matches this weekend, highlighted by Calvert Hall visiting MIAA A Conference co-leader Mount St. Joseph Saturday. Friday evening, Broadneck hosts 11th-ranked Old Mill with the winner gaining the inside track to the Anne Arundel County crown.
Friday in Columbia, No. 13 Long Reach looks move closer to its first Howard County league title since 2017 has it hosts No. 20 Atholton. Concordia Prep and St. Mary’s, the only two undefeated teams in the MIAA B, meet Saturday afternoon in Towson.
Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 7.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY
Record: 4-1
Previous rank: 1
Last week: defeated Life Christian Academy (VA), 47-8
This week: Off; vs. West Toronto Prep at Patterson Park, Oct. 29


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING
Record: 8-0
Previous rank: 2
Last week: defeated No. 5 McDonogh School, 14-3
This week: at Gilman School, Oct. 22


3. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH
Record: 5-2
Previous rank: 3
Last week: defeated St. Vincent Pallotti, 14-0
This week: vs. No. 4 Calvert Hall College, Oct. 23


4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 4
Last week: defeated Gilman School, 28-24
This week: at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, Oct. 23


5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL
Record: 2-5
Previous rank: 5
Last week: lost to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 14-3
This week: vs. St. Vincent Pallotti at Fairland Regional Park, Oct. 22


6. BROADNECK
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 7
Last week: defeated Severna Park, 48-14
This week: vs. No. 11 Old Mill, Oct. 22


7. DUNDALK
Record: 7-0
Previous rank: 12
Last week: defeated then-No. 6 Franklin, 27-13
This week: at Dulaney, Oct. 23

8. DUNBAR
Record: 7-0
Previous rank: 8
Last week: defeated Edmondson, 44-0
This week: at Carver Vo-Tech, Oct. 22


9. FRANKLIN
Record: 5-2
Previous rank: 6
Last week: lost to then-No. 12 Dundalk, 27-13
This week: vs. Towson, Oct. 22


10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: No. 10
Last week: defeated Randallstown, 51-0
This week: at Kenwood, Oct. 22


11. OLD MILL
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 11
Last week: defeated Glen Burnie, 62-14
This week: at No. 6 Broadneck, Oct. 22


12. MERVO
Record: 5-1
Previous rank: 9
Last week: defeated City College by forfeit
This week: vs. Lake Clifton, Oct. 22


13. LONG REACH
Record: 7-0
Previous rank: 13
Last week: defeated Wilde Lake, 12-0
This week: vs. No. 20 Atholton, Oct. 22


14. SOUTH CARROLL 
Record: 7-0
Previous rank: 14
Last week: defeated Liberty, 28-23
This week: at Century, Oct. 22


15. ST. MARY’S
Record: 5-2
Previous rank: 15
Last week: defeated Boys’ Latin School, 30-23
This week: at No. 18 Concordia Prep, Oct. 23


16. GLENELG
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 16
Last week: defeated River Hill, 21-7
This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Oct. 22


17. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD
Record: 5-2
Previous rank: 17
Last week: defeated Archbishop Curley, 20-9
This week: vs. John Carroll School, Oct. 22



18. CONCORDIA PREP
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 18
Last week: defeated St. Paul’s School, 17-12
This week: vs. No. 15 St. Mary’s, Oct. 23



19. OAKLAND MILLS
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 19
Last week: defeated Howard, 21-0
This week: at River Hill, Oct. 22



20. ATHOLTON
Record: 6-1
Previous rank: 20
Last week: defeated Marriotts Ridge, 33-14
This week: at No. 13 Long Reach, Oct. 22