Undefeated John Carroll debuts; Howard returns to Top 10
Pictured above: John Carroll School, with coach Ken Brinkman in the middle, breaks the huddle after Friday’s victory over Bel Air in the second annual Battle of Bel Air. The 3-0 Patriots are tied for 20th in the newest VSN Football Top 20.
by Derek Toney
With MIAA B Conference play set to start this weekend, John Carroll School was impressive in its non-league warmups and is a legitimate contender to reach the final in November. The Patriots are the newest entrant in VSN’s Football Top 20.
The Bel Air private school is tied for 20th after beating their public school rivals in the Battle of the Bel Air, 27-0. Bel Air was coming off a close loss to Prince George’s County’s Charles H. Flowers, ranked in the state media Top 25 poll.
There’s no change at the top of the poll with St. Frances Academy at No. 1, followed by Archbishop Spalding, Broadneck, Calvert Hall College and Milford Mill Academy. Mount St. Joseph, Dunbar, McDonogh School, Glenelg and Howard makes up the rest of the Top 10.
This week brings two Top 20 matchups with No. 18 Arundel visiting defending Anne Arundel County champ and third-ranked Broadneck while Baltimore City rivals seventh-ranked Dunbar and No. 13 Mervo collide at Art Modell Field in northeast Baltimore.
Here is the entire 2018 VSN Football Top 20 for week 3:
VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 3
1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (1-0)
Previous rank: #1
Last week: The Panthers did not play.
This week: at Robert E. Lee (FL), Sept. 20
2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (1-0)
Previous rank: #2
Last week: The Cavaliers defeated Bishop Moore (FL), 41-18.
This week: at Archbishop Wood (PA), Sept. 22
3. BROADNECK (3-0)
Previous rank: #3
Last week: The Bruins defeated Severna Park, 34-17.
This week: vs. No. 18 Arundel, Sept. 21
4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (4-0)
Previous rank: #4
Last game: The Cardinals defeated Prince George’s County’s Riverdale Baptist School, 23-13.
This week: Off; next game – at No. 6 Mount St. Joseph, Sept. 29
5. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (3-0)
Previous rank: #5
Last game: The Millers defeated Randallstown, 50-0.
This week: vs. Perry Hall, Sept. 21
6. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (3-1)
Previous rank: #6
Last week: The Gaels defeated Silver Oak Academy, 48-6.
This week: vs. Gilman School, Sept. 22
7. DUNBAR (2-0)
Previous rank: #7
Last week: The Poets defeated City College, 46-0.
This week: at No. 13 Mervo, Sept. 22
8. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (1-2)
Previous rank: #8
Last week: The Eagles lost to Malvern Prep (PA), 19-3.
This week: vs. National Christian Academy, Sept. 21
9. GLENELG (3-0)
Previous rank: #9
Last week: The Gladiators defeated Oakland Mills, 49-12.
This week: vs. Reservoir, Sept. 21
10. HOWARD (2-1)
Previous rank: #11
Last week: The Lions defeated Mount Hebron, 42-0.
This week: vs. Marriotts Ridge, Sept. 21
11. OLD MILL (2-1)
Previous rank: #12
Last week: The Patriots defeated Meade, 39-6.
This week: vs. Severna Park, Sept. 21
12. WESTMINSTER (2-1)
Previous rank: #10
Last week: The Owls lost to Linganore, 48-7.
This week: at Manchester Valley, Sept. 21
13. MERVO (3-0)
Previous rank: #13
Last week: The Mustangs defeated Poly, 36-0.
This week: vs. No. 7 Dunbar, Sept. 22
14. FRANKLIN (2-1)
Previous rank: #14
Last week: The Indians defeated Smyrna (DE), 28-14.
This week: at Kenwood, Sept. 21
15. EDGEWOOD (1-1)
Previous rank: #15
Last week: The Rams defeated Joppatowne, 39-12.
This week: at C. Milton Wright, Sept. 21
16. HARFORD TECH (2-0)
Previous rank: #16
Last week: The Cobras defeated Aberdeen, 35-0.
This week: at Patterson Mill, Sept. 21
17. LIBERTY (3-0)
Previous rank: #17
Last week: The Lions defeated Williamsport, 37-21.
This week: at Winters Mill, Sept. 21
18. ARUNDEL (3-0)
Previous rank: #18
Last week: The Wildcats defeated South River, 42-20.
This week: at No. 3 Broadneck, Sept. 21
19. HAVRE DE GRACE (3-0)
Previous rank: #19
Last week: The Warriors defeated Perryville, 45-15.
This week: vs. Aberdeen, Sept. 21
20. WILDE LAKE (3-0)
Previous rank: #20
Last week: The Wildecats defeated Centennial, 45-0.
This week: at River Hill, Sept. 21
20. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (3-0)
Previous rank: Not ranked
Last week: The Patriots defeated Bel Air, 27-0.
This week: vs. Boys’ Latin School, Sept. 21