MIAA B co-leading Crusaders debut at No. 19; huge weekend looms in Top 20


Pictured above: St. Paul’s Logan Santos celebrates after his squad’s 4th-and-goal stop at the end of the first half in its season-opening victory over City College last month. The Crusaders, tied for first in the MIAA B Conference, enter the latest VSN Football Top 20.

by Derek Toney

On track to reach its first MIAA B Conference final since 2014, St. Paul’s School is the new entrant in VSN’s Football Top 20 poll.

The Crusaders (4-1 overall) have equaled their win total from 2017, and are 2-0 in MIAA B play. The Brooklandville school has a first-place showdown with reigning MIAA B champ St. Mary’s Friday afternoon at Tullai Field.

This weekend may be the biggest of the 2018 regular season with four Top 20 matches, headlined with a Top 5 tilt between second-ranked Archbishop Spalding and No. 5 Calvert Hall College at Whittles Field in Severn. No. 6 Milford Mill Academy visits 12th-ranked Franklin, with first-place in Baltimore County’s Division I at stake.

Carroll County’s best, 11th-ranked Westminster and undefeated and No. 16 Liberty, collide Friday evening at Ruby Field, with the winner likely laying claim to the Carroll County Athletic League title. No. 6 Mount St. Joseph visits ninth-ranked McDonogh School in a Top 10 match of MIAA A rivals.

St. Frances Academy maintains at No. 1 as well as the entire Top 10.

Here is the entire 2018 VSN Football Top 20 for week 6:

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 6

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (3-0)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: The Panthers defeated Clarkson North (Canada), 64-7.

This week: Off; next game – vs. St. Thomas Moore (CT) at Patterson Park, Oct. 19

2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (3-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: The Cavaliers defeated St. Anthony’s (NY), 43-42.

This week: vs. No. 5 Calvert Hall College, Oct. 12

 

3. BROADNECK (6-0)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: The Bruins defeated Old Mill, 35-0.

This week: at South River, Oct. 12

4. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (6-1)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: The Gaels defeated Loyola Blakefield, 39-6.

This week: at No. 9 McDonogh School, Oct. 12

5. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (6-1)

Previous rank: #5

Last game: The Cardinals defeated Gilman School, 34-24.

This week: at No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, Oct. 12

6. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (6-0)

Previous rank: #6

Last game: The Millers defeated Kenwood, 48-7.

This week: at No. 12 Franklin, Oct. 12

7. DUNBAR (4-0)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: The Poets defeated Poly, 66-8.

This week: at Douglass, Oct. 12

8. GLENELG (5-0)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: The Gladiators defeated Marriotts Ridge, 35-0.

This week: vs. Long Reach, Oct. 12

 

9. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (2-3)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: The Eagles did not play.

This week: vs. No. 4 Mount St. Joseph, Oct. 12

 

 

10. HOWARD (5-1)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: The Lions defeated Long Reach, 22-12.

This week: at Centennial, Oct. 12

 

11. WESTMINSTER (4-1)

Previous rank: #11

Last week: The Owls defeated Century, 32-20.

This week: vs. No. 16 Liberty, Oct. 12

 

12. FRANKLIN (5-1)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: The Indians defeated Catonsville, 48-0.

This week: vs. No. 6 Milford Mill Academy, Oct. 12

13. MERVO (4-0)

Previous rank: #13

Last week: The Mustangs defeated Patterson, 33-20.

This week: at City College, Oct. 12

14. EDGEWOOD (4-1)

Previous rank: #14

Last week: The Rams defeated North Harford, 53-6.

This week: at Aberdeen, Oct. 12

15. HARFORD TECH (5-0)

Previous rank: #15

Last week: The Cobras defeated North East, 38-7.

This week: at Bohemia Manor, Oct. 12

16. LIBERTY (6-0)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: The Lions defeated South Carroll, 35-0.

This week: at No. 11 Westminster, Oct. 12

17. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL (6-0)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: The Cougars defeated South River, 28-24.

This week: at Old Mill, Oct. 12

18. ARUNDEL (5-1)

Previous rank: #19

Last week: The Wildcats defeated North County, 56-12.

This week: at Annapolis, Oct. 12

19. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL (4-1)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: The Crusaders defeated Annapolis Area Christian School, 36-7.

This week: vs. St. Mary’s, Oct. 12

20. EDMONDSON (6-0)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: The Red Storm defeated Douglass, 16-0.

This week: at Patterson, Oct. 12