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