Gaels up to No. 3; Annapolis and Glenelg join poll 


by Derek Toney

Concordia Prep and Mount St. Joseph took a different path to advance in the latest VSN Football Top 20.

The Gaels are up from No. 4 to 3rd after a hard-fought 14-11 victory at fifth-ranked McDonogh School Friday evening. Concordia Prep gained a forfeit victory over Severn School, but the Saints, courtesy of losses by Severna Park (then-No. 18) and then-No. 20 Oakland Mills, jump from 19th to No. 18.

Annapolis and Glenelg enters the poll at No. 19 and 20th, respectively.  St. Frances Academy, which posted a solid victory at California prep school stronghold De La Salle, is again No. 1.

Spalding, Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall College and McDonogh School make the remainder of the Top 5. Calvert Hall slips from No. 3 to 4th after being pounded, 37-14, at Spalding last Friday.

This weekend brings a pair of Top 20 MIAA A vs. MIAA B matches as Calvert Hall takes on 15th-ranked St. Mary’s at Pascal Field Friday evening in Annapolis. Saturday morning, No. 17 Loyola Blakefield welcomes fifth-ranked McDonogh.

Below is the complete VSN Football Top 20 for Week 5.


1. ST. FRANCES ACADEMY

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 1

Last week: defeated De La Salle (CA), 42-28

This week: Off; next game – at Life Christian Academy (VA), Oct. 15


2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 6-0

Previous rank: 2

Last week: defeated then-No. 3 Calvert Hall College, 37-14

This week: vs. Malvern Prep (PA), Oct. 8


3. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 4-2

Previous rank: 4

Last week: defeated No. 5 McDonogh School, 14-11

This week: Off; next game – vs. St. Vincent Pallotti, Oct. 16


4. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 3

Last week: lost to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 37-14

This week: vs. No. 15 St. Mary’s at Pascal Field, Oct. 8


5. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 1-4

Previous rank: 5

Last week: lost to then-No. 4 Mount St. Joseph, 14-11

This week: at No. 17 Loyola Blakefield, Oct. 9


6. FRANKLIN

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 6

Last week: defeated Catonsville, 35-7

This week: at Parkville, Oct. 9


7. BROADNECK 

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 7

Last week: defeated North County, 51-14

This week: at No. 19 Annapolis, Oct. 8


8. DUNBAR

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 8

Last week: defeated Douglass, 42-0

This week: at Reginald Lewis, Oct. 8


9. MERVO

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 9

Last week: defeated Forest Park, 41-0

This week: vs. Digital Harbor at Banner Park, Oct. 8


10. MILFORD MILL ACADEMY

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: No. 10

Last week: defeated Woodlawn, 41-0

This week: at New Town, Oct. 9


11. OLD MILL

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 11

Last week: defeated South River, 32-0

This week: at Meade, Oct. 8


12. DUNDALK

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 12

Last week: Did not play

This week: Monday, defeated Towson, 56-0; at Catonsville, Oct. 8


13. LONG REACH 

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 13

Last week: defeated Marriotts Ridge, 47-14

This week: vs. Centennial, Oct. 9


14. SOUTH CARROLL 

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 14

Last week: defeated Thomas Johnson, 36-6

This week: at Winters Mill, Oct. 8


15. ST. MARY’S

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 15

Last week: defeated John Carroll School, 17-16

This week: vs. No. 4 Calvert Hall College at Pascal Field, Oct. 8


16. RIVER HILL 

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 16

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 28-0

This week: vs. Atholton, Oct. 8


17. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 17

Last week: defeated St. Paul’s School, 36-0

This week: vs. No. 5 McDonogh School, Oct. 9


18. CONCORDIA PREP

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 19

Last week: defeated Severn School by forfeit

This week: Off; next game – vs. St. Paul’s School, Oct. 16


19. ANNAPOLIS

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 18 Severna Park, 12-7

This week: vs. No. 7 Broadneck, Oct. 8


20. GLENELG

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated then-No. 20 Oakland Mills, 20-8

This week: at Howard, Oct. 8