St. Frances is No. 1 in final VSN Football Top 20


With Power 5 Conference talents in Michigan commit Blake Corum (front), Jordan Toles (left; LSU commit) and Alabama commit Chris Braswell, St. Frances was the clear No. 1 in VSN Football Top 20 this fall. The Panthers went wire-to-wire in the top spot for the third straight year.

by Derek Toney

On Halloween 2016, St. Frances Academy became the new No. 1 in VSN’s Football Top 20.

The Panthers haven’t moved since. For the fourth straight year, the Baltimore City private school is No. 1 in the final VSN Top 20.

The nationally-ranked Panthers (11-1) are hoping to get another invite to the Geico Champions Bowl. The East Baltimore school played an independent schedule for the second straight year, defending Florida’s IMG Academy (currently ranked No. 9 in USA Today’s Super 25) and Central, and New Jersey’s St. Joseph Regional.

Central and St. Joseph Regional were ranked nationally by USA Today. The Panthers, No. 5 in the latest USA Today Super 25, only loss came against then-No. 1 Mater Dei in California.

Mount St. Joseph, which won the MIAA A Conference title for first time since 2007, is second followed by MIAA A finalist McDonogh School, Class 3A state semifinalist and Baltimore City champ Mervo and Franklin, which reached the 3A state quarterfinals after winning the Baltimore County 3A Division crown.

The second five features MIAA A semifinalist Calvert Hall College, 1A state finalist Dunbar, Loyola Blakefield, Anne Arundel County champ South River and MIAA A semifinalist Archbishop Spalding.

The MIAA has five teams in the final Top 20, followed by Baltimore County (four) and Anne Arundel County (three). Baltimore City and Carroll County each had two teams. 

Here is the final VSN Football Top 20 for the 2019 season:

 

VSN FOOTBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 13

1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (11-1)

Previous rank: #1

SEASON RESULT – RANKED NATIONALLY BY USA TODAY (NO. 5) & MAXPREPS (NO. 4)

 

 

 

2. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (10-2)

Previous rank: #2

SEASON RESULT – MIAA A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

 

 

 

3. MCDONOGH SCHOOL (11-1)

Previous rank: #3

SEASON RESULT – MIAA A CONFERENCE FINALIST

4. MERVO (12-1)

Previous rank: #4

SEASON COMPLETE – BALTIMORE CITY DIVISION I CHAMPION & CLASS 3A STATE SEMIFINALIST

 

 

5. FRANKLIN (9-3)

Previous rank: #5

SEASON RESULT – BALTIMORE COUNTY 3A CHAMPION & CLASS 3A STATE QUARTERFINALIST

6. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE (9-3)

Previous rank: #6

SEASON RESULT – MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST

7. DUNBAR (12-2)

Previous rank: #7

Last week: lost to Catoctin, 31,-8, Class 1A state final

SEASON RESULT – CLASS 1A STATE FINALIST

 

 

8. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD (8-2)

Previous rank: #8

9. SOUTH RIVER (10-1)

Previous rank: #9

SEASON RESULT – ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CHAMPION & CLASS 4A EAST REGION FINALIST

 

10. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (5-6)

Previous rank: #10

SEASON RESULT – MIAA A CONFERENCE SEMIFINALIST

11. ELKTON (12-1)

Previous rank: #11

SEASON RESULT – UCBAC CHESAPEAKE CHAMPION & CLASS 2A STATE SEMIFINALIST

 

12. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY (10-2)

Previous rank: #12

SEASON RESULT – BALTIMORE COUNTY 2A CHAMPION & CLASS 2A STATE QUARTERFINALIST

 

13. ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI (11-1)

Previous rank: #13

SEASON RESULT – MIAA B CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

 

14. WESTMINSTER (9-3)

Previous rank: #14

SEASON COMPLETE – CARROLL COUNTY ATHLETIC LEAGUE CHAMPION & CLASS 3A STATE QUARTERFINALIST

15. NEW TOWN (9-4)

Previous rank: #15

SEASON RESULT – CLASS 2A STATE SEMIFINALIST

16. OLD MILL (10-3)

Previous rank: #16

SEASON RESULT – CLASS 4A STATE SEMIFINALIST

 

17. PARKVILLE (11-1)

Previous rank: #17

SEASON RESULT – BALTIMORE COUNTY 4A DIVISION CHAMPION & CLASS 4A STATE QUARTERFINALIST

18. ARUNDEL (8-3)

Previous rank: #18

SEASON RESULT – CLASS 4A STATE QUARTERFINALIST

 

19. LIBERTY (8-4)

Previous rank: #19

SEASON RESULT – CLASS 2A STATE QUARTERFINALIST

20. GLENELG (7-4)

Previous rank: #20

SEASON RESULT – CLASS 2A WEST REGION FINALIST