Eight squads maintain their position with “Big Saturday” ahead; Dundalk soars into Top 10 


by Derek Toney

Once again, there’s no change at the top of VSN’s Football Top 20 poll.

St. Frances Academy remains No. 1, with Archbishop Spalding, Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College and McDonogh School completing the Top 5. St. Mary’s (15th), Loyola Blakefield (No. 17) and Concordia Prep (18th) return to their respective spots from last week.

In a Top 5 showdown Saturday, Calvert Hall College visits MIAA A Conference co-leader Mount St. Joseph. St. Mary’s travels to Towson to take on Concordia in a matchup of the only undefeated teams in the MIAA B.

Saturday in Odenton, Annapolis Area Christian School hosts Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with the winner gaining the inside track to the MIAA C crown.

Dundalk was the big mover in this week’s Top 20, climbing from 12th to No. 7 after knocking off then-No. 6 Franklin. Broadneck (No. 6), Dunbar (8th), Franklin (No. 9) and Milford Mill Academy round out the lower half of the Top 10.

In addition to Concordia/St. Mary’s and Mount St. Joseph/Calvert Hall, Old Mill/Broadneck and Atholton/Long Reach highlight this week’s Top 20 matchups.

Broadneck, which has won six straight since a season-opening loss to Spalding, look to take major step towards Anne Arundel County title. No. 12 Old Mill, which is tied for first with Broadneck, has only lost to Western Maryland powerhouse Fort Hill.

No. 13 Long Reach looks move closer to its first Howard County league title since 2017, while an Atholton (ranked 20th) victory could potentially open the door to a four-way tie between Atholton, Long Reach, No. 16 Glenelg and 19th-ranked Oakland Mills heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 7.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 1

Last week: defeated Life Christian Academy (VA), 47-8

This week: Off; vs. West Toronto Prep at Patterson Park, Oct. 29


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 8-0

Previous rank: 2

Last week: defeated No. 5 McDonogh School, 14-3

This week: at Gilman School, Oct. 22


3. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 5-2

Previous rank: 3

Last week: defeated St. Vincent Pallotti, 14-0

This week: vs. No. 4 Calvert Hall College, Oct. 23


4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 4

Last week: defeated Gilman School, 28-24

This week: at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, Oct. 23


5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 2-5

Previous rank: 5

Last week: lost to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 14-3

This week: vs. St. Vincent Pallotti at Fairland Regional Park, Oct. 22


6. BROADNECK

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 7

Last week: defeated Severna Park, 48-14

This week: vs. No. 11 Old Mill, Oct. 22


7. DUNDALK

Record: 7-0

Previous rank: 12

Last week: defeated then-No. 6 Franklin, 27-13

This week: at Dulaney, Oct. 23


8. DUNBAR

Record: 7-0

Previous rank: 8

Last week: defeated Edmondson, 44-0

This week: at Carver Vo-Tech, Oct. 22


9. FRANKLIN

Record: 5-2

Previous rank: 6

Last week: lost to then-No. 12 Dundalk, 27-13

This week: vs. Towson, Oct. 22


10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: No. 10

Last week: defeated Randallstown, 51-0

This week: at Kenwood, Oct. 22


11. OLD MILL

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 11

Last week: defeated Glen Burnie, 62-14

This week: at No. 6 Broadneck, Oct. 22


12. MERVO

Record: 5-1

Previous rank: 9

Last week: defeated City College by forfeit

This week: vs. Lake Clifton, Oct. 22


13. LONG REACH

Record: 7-0

Previous rank: 13

Last week: defeated Wilde Lake, 12-0

This week: vs. No. 20 Atholton, Oct. 22


14. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 7-0

Previous rank: 14

Last week: defeated Liberty, 28-23

This week: at Century, Oct. 22


15. ST. MARY’S

Record: 5-2

Previous rank: 15

Last week: defeated Boys’ Latin School, 30-23

This week: at No. 18 Concordia Prep, Oct. 23


16. GLENELG

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 16

Last week: defeated River Hill, 21-7

This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Oct. 22


17. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

Record: 5-2

Previous rank: 17

Last week: defeated Archbishop Curley, 20-9

This week: vs. John Carroll School, Oct. 22


18. CONCORDIA PREP

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 18

Last week: defeated St. Paul’s School, 17-12

This week: vs. No. 15 St. Mary’s, Oct. 23


19. OAKLAND MILLS

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 19

Last week: defeated Howard, 21-0

This week: at River Hill, Oct. 22


20. ATHOLTON

Record: 6-1

Previous rank: 20

Last week: defeated Marriotts Ridge, 33-14

This week: at No. 13 Long Reach, Oct. 22