Top 20 battles under lights highlights week 4 football action; five squads look to hit 5-0


Junior quarterback Rishon Holmes look to take Milford Mill to 4-0 as the No. 7 Millers host defending Class 3A state champ and sixth-ranked Franklin in Baltimore County.

by Derek Toney

Key league matchups are on the front burner as the fourth full weekend of the area football season starts Friday.

The first battle of VSN Top 5 teams with No. 2 Mount St. Joseph and third-ranked Calvert Hall College marks the return of MIAA A Conference play while defending MIAA B champ St. Mary’s comes to Baltimore to face upstart and undefeated Archbishop Curley.

Franklin and Milford Mill renew their rivalry in Baltimore County, and South River looks to end two decades of misery against Arundel in Anne Arundel County. Eighteen teams enter the weekend undefeated.

Below is the top five games of the weekend, followed by the complete area schedule.

No. 6 Franklin (2-1) at No. 7 Milford Mill Academy (3-0)

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

What you need to know: The premier rivalry currently in Baltimore County League is renewed. The Indians started their run to a third Class 3A state title in six seasons with a 15-12 victory in the North Region semifinals (Milford Mill won 19-13 in overtime during regular season).

 

No. 16 St. Mary’s (2-2) at No. 19 Archbishop Curley (4-0)

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

What you need to know: A share of first place in the MIAA B Conference is the prize. The two-time defending league champ Saints have won 11 of their last 12 league decisions (including postseason) while Curley looks to reach 5-0 for the first time since its 2013 perfect season (11-0).

 

No. 18 South River (3-0) at No. 15 Arundel (2-1)

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

What you need to know: The Seahawks look to continue their best start since 2010. Arundel has won 15 straight over its Anne Arundel County rival.

South River, with senior quarterback David Foust, will try to beat No. 15 Arundel for the first time since 2003 as the 18th-ranked Seahawks visit Gambrills Friday evening.

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (3-1) at No. 3 Calvert Hall College (4-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: After being suspended last year in the wake of the St. Frances Academy controversy, MIAA A Conference play returns with a matchup of title contenders. The Gaels defeated the Cardinals last year in Irvington.

 

No. 1 St. Frances Academy (4-1) at St. Joseph’s Regional (3-0)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

What you need to know: The Panthers, the area’s and state’s No. 1 team takes on New Jersey’s best. St. Joseph’s, ranked 18th nationally by USA Today, feature Big 10 commits in quarterback Michael Alaimo (Purdue), safety Elijuwan Mack (Rutgers), offensive linemen Luke Wypler (Ohio State) and defensive end Amin Vanover (Penn State).

 

FRIDAY

TOP 20

City College (3-0) at No. 8 Mervo (3-0)

Green Street Academy (2-2) at No. 5 McDonogh School (4-0)

John Carroll School (2-1) at No. 14 Concordia Prep (4-0)

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (3-1) at No. 3 Calvert Hall College (4-0)

No. 4 Archbishop Spalding (3-1) at Malvern Prep (1-3)

No. 6 Franklin (2-1) at No. 7 Milford Mill Academy (3-0)

No. 11 Glenelg (2-1) at Westminster (1-2)

No. 12 River Hill (3-0) at Marriotts Ridge (2-1)

No. 16 St. Mary’s (2-2) at No. 19 Archbishop Curley (4-0)

No. 18 South River (3-0) at No. 15 Arundel (2-1)

Sherwood (2-1) at No. 13 Howard (1-2)

Southwestern (0-1) at No. 9 Dunbar (2-1)

NON-LEAGUE

Aberdeen (0-3) at Centennial (0-3)

Douglass-Prince George’s (3-0) at Dundalk (1-2)

Southern (0-3) at Hammond (1-2)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Annapolis (1-2) at Broadneck (1-2)

Glen Burnie (1-2) at Northeast (1-2)

Meade (1-2) at Severna Park (1-2)

North County (2-1) at Old Mill (2-1)

Senior quarterback Kelin Kimborough has helped Mervo to a 3-0 start. The No. 8 Mustangs host undefeated City College Friday evening at Modell Field.

BALTIMORE CITY

Benjamin Franklin (1-2) at Lake Clifton (2-1)

Digital Harbor (1-2) at Patterson (1-2)

Forest Park (0-3) at New Era Academy (1-2)

National Academy Foundation (0-2) at Carver Vo-Tech (2-1)

Poly (1-2) at Edmondson (3-0)

Reginald Lewis (2-1) at Douglass (1-2)

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Catonsville (3-0) at Perry Hall (0-3)

Chesapeake-Baltimore County (0-3) at Hereford (0-3)

Kenwood (2-1) at Patapsco (3-0)

Loch Raven (3-0) at Pikesville (0-3)

Overlea (2-1) vs. Eastern Tech (1-2) at CCBC-Essex

Randallstown (1-2) vs. Western Tech (0-3) at CCBC-Catonsville

Sparrows Point (0-3) at Owings Mills (2-1)

Towson (2-1) at Woodlawn (2-1)

CARROLL COUNTY

Century (1-2) at Winters Mill (2-1)

Liberty (1-2) at Francis Scott Key (1-2)

South Carroll (0-3) at Manchester Valley (3-0)

HOWARD COUNTY

Atholton (0-3) at Long Reach (2-1)

Oakland Mills (2-1) at Reservoir (0-3)

Wilde Lake (1-2) at Mount Hebron (0-3)

UCBAC

Bel Air (2-1) at C. Milton Wright (2-1)

Edgewood (1-2) at Harford Tech (3-0)

Fallston (1-2) at Patterson Mill (3-0)

North East (1-2) at Bohemia Manor (0-3)

North Harford (2-1) at Joppatowne (1-2)

MIAA

Annapolis Area Christian School (0-3) at Boys’ Latin School (1-2)

Severn School (0-3) vs. St. Vincent Pallotti (4-1) at Fairland Regional Park

UCBAC

Bel Air (1-1) at Havre de Grace (1-1)

Bohemia Manor (0-2) at North Harford (1-1)

C. Milton Wright (2-1) at Edgewood (1-2)

Joppatowne (1-2) at North East (1-2)

Patterson Mill (3-0) at Rising Sun (2-1)

Perryville (3-0) at Fallston (1-2)

Mount St. Joseph’s Ausar Crawley will try to give the Gaels an early jump in the MIAA A Conference. The No. 2 Gaels visit third-ranked Calvert Hall College Friday night in Towson.

SATURDAY

TOP 20

Lansdowne (2-1) at No. 20 New Town (2-1)

No. 1 St. Frances Academy (4-1) at St. Joseph’s Regional (3-0)

Wyoming Seminary College Prep (1-2) at No. 10 Loyola Blakefield (4-0)

NON-LEAGUE

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (2-1) at St. Paul’s School (0-3)

Gilman School (1-4) at Haverford School (2-2)

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Dulaney (2-1) at Parkville (3-0)