Calvert Hall, St. Joe, Westminster soar in state football poll

  • Calvert Hall's Timothy Smith evades Franklin's Jordan Adams to score the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Calvert Hall's Timothy Smith evades Franklin's… (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore…)
September 09, 2014|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

Calvert Hall, Mount St. Joseph and Westminster made tremendous leaps in this week's Maryland High School Football Media State Poll after scoring big upsets over the weekend.

Tuesday, in the first state poll since the preseason edition, Calvert Hall (2-0) soared from No. 25 to No. 6 with its 35-24 win over then-No. 4 Franklin while Mount Saint Joseph and Westminster broke into the poll after being unranked.

Mount Saint Joseph debuted at No. 8 with Monday's 20-14 win over then-No. 8 Bullis in a game postponed from Saturday by thunderstorms. The previous week, the Gaels had beaten then-No. 19 Bishop McNamara, 42-7. The Gaels (2-0) already have as many wins this season as they did all of last season.

On the opening weekend of public school football, Westminster ended then-No. 9 Middletown's 36-game winning streak with a 21-19 road victory that earned the Owls the No. 18 ranking.

McDonogh (1-1) remained the highest-ranked local team, holding at No. 2 behind DeMatha despite a 31-18 loss to St. Joseph Regional from New Jersey.

Franklin dropped to No. 10 followed by No. 11 Gilman, down eight spots after opening 0-2, and No. 12 Arundel, which held steady after a 46-0 win at home vs. Severna Park. Meade moved up one spot to No. 22 after beating Glen Burnie, 47-6.

Several other local teams received votes but did not crack the Top 25: Archbishop Spalding, Broadneck, St. Frances, Perry Hall, Douglass, C. Milton Wright, River Hill and Old Mill.

To see the entire poll, click here.

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