Squads’ first-ever ranking highlights big shakeup; Spalding moves to No. 3 


 

Jaylin Moore produced one of the biggest plays in Marriotts Ridge football history with this 2-point conversion catch, giving the Mustangs their first victory over River Hill last Friday. The Marriottsville school is in VSN’s Football Top 20 for the first time at No. 15.

by Derek Toney

Led by a pair of newcomers, five different teams enter this week’s VSN’s Football Top 20.

Manchester Valley makes its inaugural appearance at No. 20. The Mavericks (4-0) from Carroll County are one of eight undefeated teams in the Baltimore region.

After a thrilling overtime decision over River Hill, Marriotts Ridge joins VSN’s Top 20 for the first time. The Mustangs (3-1) defeated the then-No. 12 Hawks for the first time in program history.

A pair of MIAA B squads John Carroll School and St. Vincent Pallotti enter. The MIAA B co-leading Panthers are 14th while the Patriots debut after defeating previously undefeated and then-No. 14 Concordia Prep. 

Harford Tech (No. 20) returns to the poll after spending most of the 2018 season ranked. Nationally-ranked St. Frances Academy remains No. 1 followed by Mount St. Joseph, Archbishop Spalding, Calvert Hall College and McDonogh School.

Here is the VSN Football Top 20 for week 4:

 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 4

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (5-1)

Previous rank: #1

Last week: defeated St. Joseph Regional (NJ), 28-0

This week: at Venice (FL), Oct. 4

 

2. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (4-1)

Previous rank: #2

Last week: defeated then-No. 3 Calvert Hall College, 20-10

This week: at Gilman School, Oct. 4

 

 

3. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (4-1)

Previous rank: #4

Last week: defeated Malvern Prep (PA), 46-12

This week: vs. Life Christian Academy (VA), Oct. 4

 

4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (4-1)

Previous rank: #3

Last week: lost to No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, 20-10

This week: at No. 5 McDonogh School, Oct. 4

 

5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (5-0)

Previous rank: #5

Last week: defeated Green Street Academy, 54-6

This week: vs. No. 4 Calvert Hall College, Oct. 4

 

 

6. FRANKLIN (3-1) 

Previous rank: #6

Last week: defeated then-No. 7 Milford Mill Academy, 42-7

This week: vs. Kenwood, Oct. 4

7. MERVO (4-0)

Previous rank: #8

Last week: defeated City College, 27-0

This week: at Edmondson, Oct. 4

 

8. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (5-0)

Previous rank: #10

Last week: defeated Wyoming Seminary College Prep (PA), 42-6

This week: Off; next game – at John Carroll School, Oct. 11

9. DUNBAR (3-1)

Previous rank: #9

Last week: defeated Southwestern 58-0

This week: at City College, Oct. 4

 

10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (3-1)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: lost to No. 6 Franklin, 42-7

This week: at Chesapeake-Baltimore County, Oct. 5

 

11. SOUTH RIVER (4-0)

Previous rank: #18

Last week: defeated then-No. 15 Arundel, 30-22

This week: vs. Glen Burnie, Oct. 4

 

12. ST. MARY’S (3-2)

Previous rank: #16

Last week: defeated then-No. 19 Archbishop Curley, 36-7

This week: vs. Concordia Prep, Oct. 4

 

13. ELKTON (4-0)

Previous rank: #17

Last week: defeated Havre de Grace, 57-6

This week: vs. Oakdale, Oct. 4

 

14. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI (5-1)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Severn School, 35-0

This week: at Archbishop Curley, Oct. 4

 

15. MARRIOTTS RIDGE (3-1)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 12 River Hill, 15-14

This week: at Reservoir, Oct. 4

 

16. RIVER HILL (3-1)

Previous rank: #12

Last week: lost to Marriotts Ridge, 15-14

This week: vs. Wilde Lake, Oct. 4

 

17. NEW TOWN (3-1)

Previous rank: #20

Last week: defeated Lansdowne, 60-12

This week: at Sparrows Point, Oct. 4

 

 

18. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL (4-1)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 14 Concordia Prep, 26-21

This week: at Severn School, Oct. 5

 

19. MANCHESTER VALLEY (4-0)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated South Carroll, 34-3

This week: at Westminster, Oct. 4

 

20. HARFORD TECH (4-0)

Previous rank: Not ranked 

Last week: defeated Edgewood, 17-15

This week: at C. Milton Wright, Oct. 4