the poll

August 30, 2006

1. Gilman

Last season: 9-0, ranked No. 1

Running back John Pagliaro and linemen Ned Lundvall, Zach Parkinson and David Jablonski help defend a 17-game winning streak as the Greyhounds seek their eighth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown in the past 10 seasons.

2. Loyola

Last season: 8-3, No. 4

The MIAA A Conference power, which returns five defensive and six offensive starters, has four receivers who are all 6 feet or taller -- Devin Gordon, Tim Donovan, Mike Horne and Omari Mobley.

3. McDonogh

Last season: 6-3, No. 3

Junior running back Jordan Davenport (6 feet 2, 260 pounds) and quarterback Jared Jorgenson are among 11 starters back for the MIAA A Conference contender.

4. Long Reach

Last season: 9-2, No. 12

Seven starters return on both offense and defense, including hard-hitting strong safety Landon Tews. Using the single-wing offense, the Lightning has gone 18-4 over the past two seasons, with two playoff berths and last year's Howard County co-championship with River Hill.

5. River Hill

Last season: 11-2, No. 6

The Class 3A state semifinalist returns top tackling junior Zach Martin, six defensive starters and a nearly intact linebacking corps, as well as beefy offensive linemen Jeff Wallin, Zach Robinson and Chris Rhodes.

6. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 3-7, unranked

The Gaels, who lost several close games against highly ranked teams last season, have speedy split end-defensive back Matt Folkermer among 12 returning starters.

7. City

Last season: 11-2, No. 10

The Class 3A state semifinalist and Baltimore City Division I tri-champion lost just three players to graduation. Offensive and defensive lineman Chris Hale, linebackers Earl Townes and Kyle Brooks and defensive ends William Makell and Zion Pyatt combined for 31 sacks. Quarterback Ellis Foster (785 passing yards, nine touchdowns) and running back Brian Dunston (782 yards, seven touchdowns) lead the offense.

8. Dunbar

Last season: 10-3, No. 5

The Baltimore City Division I tri-champion is looking for its fourth state title since 1994. Derek Session (6-2, 217), junior running back-linebacker Keon Redhead (11 sacks), running back-defensive back Tavon Austin (19 touchdowns) and defensive back-quarterback Maurice Portee are among 16 returning starters.

9. Broadneck

Last season: 4-6, unranked

The Bruins appear ready to reclaim supremacy in Anne Arundel County, led by center Bob Ciancaglini, guard Mike Gabbard and wide receiver-defensive back Bobby Jeter -- all seniors.

10. Arundel

Last season: 9-3, unranked

Led by senior wide receiver Brandon Gonzalez and junior wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell, the Wildcats should have a potent offense under coach Chuck Markiewicz.

11. Francis Scott Key

Last season: 7-4, unranked

The Monocacy Valley Athletic League power has nine offensive and eight defensive starters back, including running back Brad Martz (10 touchdowns), quarterback Chris Kolb (1,193 passing yards, 12 touchdowns) and wide receiver Nick Hanson (six touchdowns). Linebacker Nick Hyson, defensive end Brandon Finger and defensive tackle Josh Cole combined for 12 sacks.

12. Parkville

Last season: 9-2, unranked

Linebacker Nick Von Canon (seven fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown) is among 16 returning starters for the Baltimore County's 4A-3A favorite.

13. Hereford

Last season: 5-5, unranked

The three-time state champion and Baltimore County 2A-1A power did not have a winning record for only the second time in coach Steve Turnbaugh's 12 seasons. That should change with top tackler Jon Pugh (linebacker-running back), speedy running backs Lonnie Liggins and Nick Narango and offensive linemen Dan Gahagan (6-0, 265) and Les Delmont (6-4, 328).

14. North Harford

Last season: 8-3, unranked

Running back-safety Bryan Wolfson (545 yards rushing, four touchdowns), junior quarterback Dan Griffin (619 yards passing, six touchdowns) and junior offensive and defensive lineman Corey Jubb (6-4, 315) are back after helping the Hawks make the playoffs for first time in 32 years last season.

15. Winters Mill

Last season: 6-5, unranked

Steve Pixler is among seven returning players on offense, including an offensive line that returns intact. Linebacker Chris Bates is among eight defensive starters back for the MVAL contender.

Other teams considered: Cardinal Gibbons (7-4, unranked), Joppatowne (10-3, unranked), New Town (5-5, unranked), Old Mill (10-2, No. 13), Wilde Lake (5-5, unranked).

2005 champions


A Conference


B Conference

Archbishop Spalding


Anne Arundel

Severna Park

Baltimore City

Division I -- City, Dunbar, Patterson* Division II -- Carver

Baltimore County

4A-3A -- Perry Hall 2A-1A -- Milford Mill




Long Reach, River Hill **



*Tri-champions **Co-champions

Mark your calendars

Sept. 8 -- Gilman vs. DeMatha at FedEx Auxiliary Field, 7

Sept. 15 -- Glenelg at River Hill, 7

Sept. 21 -- Arundel at Broadneck, 6:30

Sept. 22 -- Poly at Patterson, 3:45

Sept. 29 -- Joppatowne at North Harford, 7

Sept. 30 -- Georgetown Prep at Gilman, 1

Sept. 30 -- City vs. Dunbar at Poly, 7

Oct. 6 -- River Hill at Long Reach, 7

Oct. 7 -- New Town at Milford Mill, 1

Oct. 27 -- Cardinal Gibbons at Boys' Latin, 3

Nov. 10 -- Francis Scott Key at Winters Mill, 7

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