Panthers go wire-to-wire as No. 1; MIAA B champ St. Vincent Pallotti places 25th

St. Frances, with six Under Armour All-Americans, is the unanimous No. 1 in the final state media Top 25 poll. Luke Hill (back row left), Blake Corum (back row third from left), Micah Mazzccua (left front row), Dominic Bailey, Jordan Toles and Chris Braswell will represent the Panthers in the Under Armour All-America game, Jan. 2 in Orlando. Also pictured is St. Frances assistant coach Messay Hailemariam (back row second left) and co-coach Henry Russell (back row right).

by Derek Toney

It’s history for St. Frances Academy football. The Panthers are again No. 1 in the final state media Top 25 poll.

The East Baltimore private school went wire-to-wire in the No. 1 position for the second straight year, joining Good Counsel (2011 and 2012) as the only schools to accomplish the feat. St. Frances is the first team to three-peat at No. 1 in the final Top 25.

Featuring six Under Armour All-Americans, St. Frances went 11-1 this season, playing an independent schedule. The Panthers, ranked 5th nationally by USA Today and No. 4 by MaxPreps, only lost to California powerhouse Mater Dei.

MIAA A Conference champ Mount St. Joseph is No. 5, followed by MIAA A finalist McDonogh School (6th) and semifinalist Calvert Hall College (10th) in the final Top 10. Class 3A state semifinalist Franklin (No. 14) is the highest ranked area public squad.

Loyola Blakefield (No. 15), MIAA A semifinalist Archbishop Spalding (17th), and state semifinalists Elkton (2A) and Mervo (3A) are 22nd and 23rd, respectively. MIAA B champion St. Vincent Pallotti completes the area contingent at No. 25.

Dunbar, which reached the 1A state final, received consideration.


FINAL 2019 STATE FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL 

FREDERICK — The Maryland High School Football State Poll, in its 30th year, is based on a statewide voting by sports reporters.

Schools are ranked by points received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes.

The rankings are compiled by Sheldon Shealer.

Rank, School, Record, Points (1st place votes), Last week’s ranking

1. St. Frances Academy, 11-1, 300 (12), 1

2. Good Counsel, 9-3, 288, 4

Season result – Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Capital Division champion

3. Henry A. Wise, 14-0, 262, 7

Season result – Class 4A state champion

4. DeMatha Catholic, 7-4, 260, 4

Season result – Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Capital Division semifinalist

5. Mount St. Joseph, 10-2, 257, 5

Season result – MIAA A Conference champion

6. McDonogh School, 11-1, 250, 6

Season result – MIAA A Conference finalist

7. Northwest, 12-2, 225, 9

Season result – Class 4A state finalist

8. Quince Orchard, 12-1, 217, 2

Season result – Class 4A state semifinalist

9. Damascus, 12-2, 209, 8

Season result – Class 3A state champion

10. Calvert Hall College, 9-3, 192, 10

Season result – MIAA A Conference semifinalist

11. St. Mary’s Ryken, 9-3, 169, 13

Season result – Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Metro Division champion

12. Huntingtown, 12-1, 161, 15

Season result – Class 3A state semifinalist

13. Linganore, 12-2, 149, 12

Season result – Class 3A state finalist

14. Franklin, 9-3, 142, 11

Season result – Class 3A state semifinalist

15. Loyola Blakefield, 8-2, 142, 17

16. Georgetown Prep, 8-2, 113, 18

Season result – Interstate Athletic Conference champion

17. Archbishop Spalding, 5-6, 106, 14

Season result – MIAA A Conference semifinalist

18. National Christian Academy, 7-3, 90, 21

19. Middletown, 12-2, 84, not ranked

Season result – Class 2A state champion

20. Paint Branch, 10-2, 28, 22

Season result – Class 4A state quarterfinalist

21. Bullis School, 7-3, 57, 20

Season result – Interstate Athletic Conference runner-up

22. Elkton, 12-1, 41, 16

Season result – Class 2A state semifinalist

23. Mervo, 12-1, 38, 22

Season result – Class 3A state semifinalist

24. Catoctin, 13-1, 33, not ranked

Season result – Class 1A state champion

25. St. Vincent Pallotti 11-1, 19, not ranked

Season result – MIAA B Conference champion

Others receiving votes: North Caroline (11-1, 11 points); Potomac (10-2, 11); Douglass-Prince George’s (11-1, 10); Dunbar (12-2, 3)