Area football schedule takes off this weekend; Dunbar and Mervo knock heads to start

No. 7 Milford Mill, with Makai Booker (left), Rishon Holmes, Skylar Baker and Khalil Scott, open the season Friday against No. 19 New Town in a matchup of Baltimore County 2A Division rivals.

by Derek Toney

The area high school football campaign officially kicks off Friday with public programs starting play. Each of VSN’s preseason Top 20 teams will be in action including the renewal of one of the area’s most intense rivalries and No. 2 Mount St. Joseph playing arguably the state’s biggest match.

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

No. 19 New Town at No. 7 Milford Mill Academy

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

What you need to know: After sharing the Baltimore County Division I title last year, Milford Mill gets the chance to grab the upper hand in the new county 2A Division. New Town reached the Class 2A state semifinals last year and looks to be the Millers’ biggest challenge come region playoffs in November.


Long Reach at Woodlawn

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: This could be one of the more intriguing non-league matches of the weekend as both squads have offensive firepower. Both are likely to be Class 3A playoff participants come early November.


South River at Westminster

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

What you need to know: A pair of 2018 state region finalist squads kick off 2019 in Carroll County. The Owls (3A West finalist last year) expect to challenge for the Carroll league championship while South River returns a talent nucleus from last year’s run to the 4A East final.


Good Counsel at No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

What you need to know: After two easy road games, Mount St. Joseph opens its home schedule with one of the state’s best in Montgomery County’s Good Counsel, ranked No. 4 in the state media poll. The Falcons throttled St. Joe’s, 58-6, last season in a deluge.


Joshua Carr (left), Deon Crews-Harris and John Thomas will lead eighth-ranked Dunbar against No. 9 Mervo in a battle of Top 10 teams Saturday night at Poly.

No. 9 Mervo vs. No. 8 Dunbar

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Poly

What you need to know: The road to the Baltimore City Division I league championship may be decided in week one. A huge crowd is expected for the showcase of a city league triple-header (Carver vs. Lake Clifton, 1 p.m., followed by Patterson vs. City) at Lumsden/Scott Stadium.


TOP 20

American Collegiate Academy (FL) vs. No. 1 St. Frances Academy (2-0) at Patterson Park

Atholton at No. 18 River Hill

Berks Catholic (1-1) at McDonogh School (1-0)

Delmar (0-0) at No. 15 St. Mary’s (0-1)

Georgetown Prep (1-0) at No. 16 Loyola Blakefield (1-0)

Linganore at No. 17 Liberty

Marriotts Ridge at No. 14 Glenelg

North Point at No. 12 Arundel

No. 4 Archbishop Spalding (1-0) at Bishop Moore (1-1)

No. 10 Broadneck at Potomac

Jordan Moore (5) and Loyola look to start 2-0 when they host Georgetown Prep, ranked No. 8 in the state media poll, Friday afternoon in Towson.

No. 13 Dundalk at Century

No. 19 New Town at No. 7 Milford Mill Academy

Reservoir at No. 11 Howard


Cambridge-South Dorchester at Rising Sun

Catonsville at Centennial

Century at Poolesville

Douglass-Prince George’s at Old Mill

Edgewood at Perry Hall

Fallston at Winters Mill

Largo at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel

Loch Raven at Joppatowne

Long Reach at Woodlawn

Manchester Valley at Williamsport

Mount Hebron at Northeast

North East at Kenwood

Oakdale at Wilde Lake

Parkville at Aberdeen

Patterson Mill at Pikesville

Paul Public Charter (0-1) vs. St. John’s Catholic Prep (0-1) at McCurdy Field

No. 19 Liberty, led by senior quarterback Nate Kent, opens its 2019 campaign against 2018 Class 3A state finalist and 2017 champ Linganore in Carroll County Friday evening.

Poly at Francis Scott Key

St. Vincent Pallotti (1-1) at John Carroll School (1-0)

South Carroll at C. Milton Wright

South River at Westminster


Annapolis at Meade

North County at Severna Park

Southern at Glen Burnie


Douglass vs. Benjamin Franklin at Baybrook Park

Edmondson vs. Digital Harbor at Banner Park

Forest Park at Reginald Lewis

Southwestern at Poly


Dulaney at Randallstown

Lansdowne at Sparrows Point

Owings Mills vs. Eastern Tech at CCBC-Essex

Patapsco vs. Western Tech at CCBC-Catonsville


Hammond at Oakland Mills

Boys’ Latin, with Amare Conley (left), Matt Greaver, Justin Walters and JT Morton, opens its season at MIAA B Conference rival Severn School Friday afternoon.


Archbishop Curley (1-0) at Annapolis Area Christian School (0-0)

Boys’ Latin School (0-0) at Severn School (0-1)

Concordia Prep (1-0) at St. Paul’s School (0-1)


Bel Air at North Harford

Havre de Grace at Perryville



TOP 20

Good Counsel (1-0) at No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (2-0)

No. 3 Calvert Hall College (2-0) vs. St. Mary’s Ryken at Georgetown University (Cooper Field)

No. 5 Franklin at St. Anthony’s (NY)

No. 9 Mervo vs. No. 8 Dunbar at Poly


Gilman School (1-1) at Episcopal (0-0)


Lake Clifton vs. Carver Vo-Tech at Poly

City vs. Patterson at Poly


Hereford at Towson

Overlea at Chesapeake-Baltimore County