St. Mary’s enters at 14; Spalding moves to No. 2


by Derek Toney

St. Mary’s High introduced Loyola Blakefield to the MIAA B Conference with a victory last Friday evening, propelling the Saints into the first VSN Top 20 of the regular season.

The Saints, who won the MIAA B crown in 2018 and reached the final in 2019, enters at No. 14. St. Frances Academy is again No. 1 followed by Archbishop Spalding, McDonogh School, Mount St. Joseph and Franklin.

After knocking off River Hill in a Top 20 match of Howard County foes, Long Reach moves from 18 to 17. Calvert Hall College, Glenelg and Arundel also advance one spot.

This weekend features three Top 20 matches, headlined by Franklin taking on St. Frances at Morgan State University’s Hughes Stadium. Spalding hosts No. 9 St. Vincent Pallotti in the Panthers’ MIAA A debut Friday evening in Severn while Calvert Hall hosts McDonogh as MIAA A Conference play kicks off.

Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 1.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY

Record: 0-1

Preseason rank: 1

Last week: Did not play (game vs. New Jersey’s St. Joseph Regional cancelled)

This week: vs. No. 5 Franklin at Morgan State University, Sept. 11


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 3

Last week: defeated then-No. 6 Broadneck, 44-13

This week: vs. No. 9 St. Vincent Pallotti, Sept. 10


3. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 0-1

Preseason rank: 2

Last week: lost to Gonzaga College (DC), 23-7

This week: at No. 6 Calvert Hall College, Sept. 11


4. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 1-1

Preseason rank: 4

Last week: lost to St. Ignatius (OH), 20-6

This week: vs. Gilman School, Sept. 11


5. FRANKLIN

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 5

Last week: defeated No. 11 Milford Mill Academy, 19-14

This week: vs. No. 1 St. Frances Academy at Morgan State University, Sept. 11


6. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 7

Last week: Did not play (game vs. Avalon School cancelled)

This week: vs. No. 3 McDonogh School, Sept. 11


7. BROADNECK 

Preseason rank: 6

Last week: lost to then-No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 44-13

This week: vs. South River, Sept. 10


8. MERVO

Record: 0-0

Preseason rank: 8

Last week: Did not play (game at Carver Vo-Tech postponed)

This week: at Carver Vo-Tech, Sept. 7; vs. Poly, Sept. 11


9. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 9

Last week: defeated Georgetown Prep, 28-14

This week: at No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, Sept. 10


10. DUNBAR

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 10

Last week: defeated Digital Harbor, 44-0

This week: at City College, Sept. 10


11. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY

Record: 0-1

Preseason rank: No. 11

Last week: lost to No. 5 Franklin, 19-14

This week: at Hereford, Sept. 10


12. OLD MILL

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 12

Last week: defeated North County, 59-0

This week: at Fort Hill, Sept. 10


13. DUNDALK

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 13

Last week: defeated Century, 35-0

This week: at Parkville, Sept. 11


14. ST. MARY’S

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 15 Loyola Blakefield, 14-12

This week: vs. St. Paul’s School, Sept. 10


15. GLENELG 

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 16

Last week: defeated Hammond, 35-14

This week: at Atholton, Sept. 10


16. ARUNDEL 

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 17

Last week: defeated Dover (DE), 28-27

This week: at Smyrna (DE), Sept. 10


17. LONG REACH 

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 18

Last week: defeated then-No. 14 River Hill, 14-7

This week: vs. Reservoir, Sept. 10


18. RIVER HILL (0-1)

Record: 0-1

Preseason rank: 14

Last week: lost to then-No. 18 Long Reach, 14-7

This week: at Howard, Sept. 10


19. ELKTON 

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 19

Last week: defeated Rising Sun, 48-20

This week: vs. Edgewood, Sept. 10


20. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 20

Last week: defeated Brunswick, 34-13

This week: at Northeast, Sept. 10