St. Frances and Spalding sit atop state football poll


Spalding, with coach Kyle Schmitt (center), has its highest ranking in the Maryland State Media Poll. The undefeated Cavaliers are No. 2 behind top-ranked and nationally-ranked St. Frances Academy.


by Derek Toney

The top two high school teams in Maryland reside in the Baltimore region. St. Frances Academy and Archbishop Spalding are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in this week’s Maryland State Media Football Top 25 poll.

St. Frances (3-1 overall), coming off an impressive win at California prep power De La Salle. continue its season-long reign in the top spot. Spalding (6-0) has its highest state ranking in program history, gaining one first-place vote, to surpass perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powerhouse DeMatha Catholic from Prince George’s County for the No. 2 position.

Calvert Hall College slipped from 6th to No. 7 while Mount St. Joseph (No. 8) and 10th-ranked McDonogh School maintain their spot from last week. Franklin (12th), Milford Mill Academy (No. 18) and Broadneck (19th) also held their spots.

St. Mary’s and Loyola Blakefield both went back a spot while St. Vincent Pallotti, which returned to the poll last week at No. 25, fell out after a loss to Gilman School.

Concordia Prep (four points), Dunbar (two), Old Mill (two) and Gilman (one) each received votes.


MARYLAND STATE FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL – WEEK 5

FREDERICK — The Maryland High School Football State Poll, in its 31st year, is based on a statewide voting by sports reporters.

Schools are ranked by points received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes.

The rankings are compiled by Sheldon Shealer.

Rank, School, Record, Points (1st place votes), Last week’s rank

1. St. Frances Academy, 3-1, 249 (9), 1

2. Archbishop Spalding, 6-0, 237 (1), 3

3. DeMatha Catholic, 4-1, 234, 2

4. Quince Orchard, 5-0, 218, 4

5. Henry A. Wise, 4-0, 207, 5

6. Our Lady of Good Counsel, 4-2, 196, 7

7. Calvert Hall College, 4-1, 195, 6

8. Mount St. Joseph, 4-2, 184, 8

9. Northwest, 5-0, 165, 9

10. McDonogh School, 1-4, 158, 10

11. Linganore, 5-0, 149, 11

12. Franklin, 4-1, 131, 12

13. Northern-Calvert, 5-0, 122, 13

14. Charles H. Flowers, 5-0, 116, 15

15. Bishop McNamara, 4-1, 109, 14

16. Sherwood, 5-0, 96, 16

17. Paint Branch, 4-1, 91, 17

18. Milford Mill Academy, 4-1, 72, 18

19. Broadneck, 4-1, 68, 19

20. Eleanor Roosevelt, 4-1, 58, 20

21. Fort Hill, 5-0, 47, not ranked

22. St. Mary’s, 4-1, 46, 21

23. Loyola Blakefield, 4-1, 36, 22

24. Avalon School, 3-2, 27, 23

25. Huntingtown, 5-0, 18, 24

Others receiving votes: Rock Creek Christian (4-1, 10 points); Concordia Prep (4-1, 4); Dunbar (5-0, 2); Old Mill (4-1, 2); Gilman School (3-1, 1); Kent Island (5-0, 1); St. Mary’s Ryken (1-5, 1)