Though the Baltimore region was shutout at the state public football finals last weekend, it left an impression with a panel of statewide reporters as 13 teams placed in the final Top 25 of the 2016 season which was released Wednesday afternoon.

Led by MIAA A Conference champ St. Frances Academy, four locals placed in Top 10. The Panthers, the area’s consensus No. 1 squad, landed 4th with MIAA A rivals Archbishop Spalding and McDonogh School, placing 6th and 7th, respectively. Class 3A state finalist Franklin was 10th.

Mount St. Joseph (No. 12), Annapolis (No. 15), Howard (No. 16), Milford Mill Academy (No. 17), MIAA B champ St. Vincent Pallotti (No. 18), Broadneck (No. 19) and Old Mill (No. 20) placed in the second 10. Mervo (No. 21) and Class 2A state finalist Elkton (No. 25) round out the area contingent. Nine area teams were in last year’s final state Top 25.

DeMatha Catholic, ranked 4th nationally by USA Today, captured its record 11th No. 1 state ranking, followed by Class 4A state champ Henry A. Wise from Prince George’s County and 3A state champ Damascus from Montgomery County.

State semifinalists Glenelg (3A) and Dunbar (2A), Calvert Hall College and Hereford also received votes. 

 

Final 2016 Maryland High School Football Media State Poll

FREDERICK — The Maryland High School Football State Poll, in its 27th year, is based on a statewide voting by sports reporters. Schools are ranked by points received. The rankings are compiled by Sheldon Shealer.

Baltimore metro area teams in bold.

1. DeMatha Catholic (Record: 12-0; Total votes: 300; End of regular season ranking: No. 1)

Season result – Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion

2. Henry A. Wise (14-0 287; No. 2)

Class 4A state champion

3. Damascus (14-0; 270; No. 3)

Class 3A state champion

 

4. St. Frances Academy (10-2; 268, No. 4)

MIAA A Conference champion

 

5. Good Counsel (6-5; 250; No. 5)

Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinalist

 

6. Archbishop Spalding (9-2; 240, No. 6)

MIAA A Conference runner-up


7. McDonogh School (8-3; 225; No. 7)

MIAA A Conference third-place

 

8. Fort Hill (14-0; 206; No. 9)

Class 1A state champion

 

9. Walkersville (14-0; 199; No. 12)

Class 2A state champion

 

10. Franklin (11-2; 182; No. 14)

Class 3A state finalist

 

11. Quince Orchard (12-2; 174; No. 8)

Class 4A state finalist

 

12. Mount St. Joseph (7-4; 154; No. 15)

MIAA A Conference fourth-place

 

13. Bullis School (7-3; 136; not ranked)

Interstate Athletic Conference co-runner up

 

14. Georgetown Prep (7-3; 124; No. 13)

Interstate Athletic Conference co-runner up

 

15. Annapolis (11-2; 118; No. 17)

Class 4A North Region finalist


16. Howard (11-2; 108; No. 20)

Class 4A state semifinalist


17. Milford Mill Academy (10-2; 93; No. 21)

Class 3A North Region finalist


18. St. Vincent Pallotti (10-2; 88; not ranked)

MIAA B Conference champion


19. Broadneck (8-4; 56; not ranked)

Class 4A East Region finalist

 

20. Old Mill (10-1; 54; No. 10)

Class 4A East Region semifinalist

 

21. Mervo (9-3; 53; not ranked)

Class 4A North Region finalist

 

22. Sherwood (10-1; 50; No. 11)

Class 4A North Region semifinalist

 

23. Potomac (8-4; 37; not ranked)

Class 3A state semifinalist

 

24. Oxon Hill (11-1; 34; No. 16)

Class 3A South Region finalist

 

25. Elkton (12-2; 33; not ranked)

Class 2A state finalist

 

Others receiving votes: Montgomery Blair (8-3, 32 points), Middletown (9-3, 16), Bishop McNamara (4-6, 15), Calvert (11-2, 15), Patuxent (10-2, 14), North Point (9-2, 12), Oakdale (9-3, 12), Glenelg (10-3, 9), Riverdale Baptist School (6-5, 7), Calvert Hall College (7-5, 6), Dunbar (9-4, 6), Hereford (10-1, 5), Linganore (7-4, 5), Richard Montgomery (10-2, 4), Allegany (10-2, 2), Northwest (7-4, 1)