Riding an impressive 4-game win streak, Mervo High has gained a spot in the new VSN football Top 20 poll. The Mustangs, who’ve outscored their last four opponents, 129-6, is 18th. 

Century is another newcomer to the rankings, sharing the No. 20 spot with Bel Air. It’s the first VSN ranking for the Carroll County school, which is tied with 15th-ranked Liberty, for first in Carroll. 

Archbishop Spalding and St. Frances Academy maintain their spots at Nos. 1 and 2, adding gravitas to their key MIAA A Conference match Friday night at Patterson Park’s Utz Field. Mount St. Joseph, Howard and Annapolis round out the Top 5.

Here is the entire VSN Football Top 20 for Week 9 of the 2016 season.

 

1. Archbishop Spalding (7-1; Last week’s ranking: No. 1)

Last week: defeated then-No. 5 McDonogh School, 31-16

This week: vs. No. 2 St. Frances Academy at Patterson Park, Oct. 28

 

2. St. Frances Academy (8-1; No. 2)

Last week: defeated Loyola Blakefield, 28-26

This week: vs. No. 1 Archbishop Spalding at Patterson Park, Oct. 28

 

3. Mount St. Joseph (7-1; No. 3)

Last week: defeated No. 9 Calvert Hall College, 17-7

This week: at No. 7 McDonogh School, Oct. 28

 

4. Howard (8-0; No. 4)

Last week: defeated No. 13 Long Reach, 14-7

This week: at Glenelg, Oct. 28

 

5. Annapolis (8-0; No. 6)

Last week: defeated Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 48-7

This week: at Glen Burnie, Oct. 28

 

6. Old Mill (7-0; No. 7)

Last week: defeated then-No. 14 Broadneck, 34-10

This week: vs. Meade, Oct. 28

 

7. McDonogh School (5-3; No. 5)

Last week: lost to No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, 31-16

This week: vs. No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, Oct. 28

 

8. Franklin (6-1; No. 8)

Last week: defeated Patapsco, 43-0

This week: vs. Dulaney, Oct. 29

 

9. Calvert Hall College (5-3; No. 9)

Last week: lost to No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, 17-7

This week: Off; next game – vs. No. 7 McDonogh School, Nov. 4

 

10. Milford Mill Academy (7-1; No. 10)

Last week: defeated Perry Hall, 26-0

This week: at Lansdowne, Oct. 28

 

11. Dundalk (7-1; No. 11)

Last week: defeated No. 16 Parkville, 17-12

This week: at Perry Hall, Oct. 28

12. Hereford (8-0; No. 12)

Last week: defeated Loch Raven, 60-6

This week: at Overlea, Oct. 28

 

13. Long Reach (7-1; No. 13)

Last week: lost to No. 4 Howard, 14-7

This week: at Reservoir, Oct. 28

 

14. St. Vincent Pallotti (6-2; No. 15)

Last week: defeated then-No. 18 Boys’ Latin School, 35-14

This week: vs. Archbishop Curley at Fairland Regional Park, Oct. 28

 

15. Liberty (7-1; No. 17)

Last week: defeated Francis Scott Key, 42-7

This week: vs. North Hagerstown, Oct. 28

 

16. Parkville (5-2; No. 16)

Last week: lost to No. 11 Dundalk, 17-12

This week: vs. Towson, Oct. 29

 

17. Broadneck (5-3; No. 14)

Last week: lost to then-No. 7 Old Mill, 34-10

This week: at Severna Park, Oct. 29

 

18. Mervo (6-2; not ranked)

Last week: defeated Patterson, 37-0

This week: at Poly, Oct. 28

 

19. Boys’ Latin School (5-3; No. 18)

Last week: lost to then-No. 15 St. Vincent Pallotti, 35-14

This week: at Potomac School (Va.), Oct. 29

 

20. Bel Air (7-1; No. 20)

Last week: defeated North Harford, 29-14

This week: at Edgewood, Oct. 28

 

20. Century (7-1; not ranked)

Last week: defeated Winters Mill, 46-6

This week: at South Carroll, Oct. 28