By Andrew Conrad, firstname.lastname@example.org
4:38 PM EDT, September 8, 2011
Well, that didn’t take long. Any hopes of the power rankings holding up throughout the season have already been dashed. It wasn’t exactly a Buster-Douglas-knocking-out-Mike Tyson-type upset, though. It was then-No. 10 Mt. Hebron shutting out then-No. 9 Oakland Mills, 26-0. All of the other rankings held up, though I have a funny feeling that the No. 5-7 spots could be in for a shakeup in the coming weeks.
Because of Tropical Storm Lee, there are no games this weekend. All games are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12. Here is the schedule: (Admission is free.)
Oakland Mills at Wilde Lake, 2:30 PM, Cedar Lane Park Field #5
River Hill at Long Reach, 2:30 PM, Cedar Lane Park Field #6
Howard at Atholton, 2:30 PM, Rockburn Park Field #5
Hammond at Mt. Hebron, 2:30 PM, Rockburn Park Field #6
Marriotts Ridge at Reservoir, 2:30 PM, Western Regional Field #4
Glenelg at Centennial, 5:30 PM, Western Regional Field #4
(If you're smart, like me, you can go see one of the 2:30 games, AND the Glenelg-Centennial game)
Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @ACHoCoSports for updates.
On to the rankings:
1. River Hill (1-0, 28 points for-7 points against)
So far, so good in Clarksville.
Last week: Beat Reservoir, 28-7. This week: at Long Reach.
2. Hammond (1-0, 16-12)
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Martin looked more than adequate in his debut. In fact, the Golden Bears look pretty similar to last year’s team that went 10-2.
Last week: Beat Wilde Lake, 16-12. This week: at Mt. Hebron.
3. Atholton (0-1, 39-0)
The Raiders managed to make a pretty strong statement in their predetermined loss, and that statement was, “We intend to finish the regular season 9-1!”Last week: Lost to Glenelg by forfeit. This week: home against Howard.
4. Wilde Lake (0-1, 12-16)
The Wildecats were evenly matched with defending co-county champion Hammond, as the game came down to a pair of missed extra points (one botched kick and one failed run) and three second-quarter turnovers.
Last week: Lost to Hammond, 16-12. This week: home against Oakland Mills.
5. Reservoir (0-1, 7-28)
The Gators put up a fight, but lost by three touchdowns to River Hill. Still, nothing to panic over.
Last week: Lost to River Hill, 28-7. This week: home against Marriotts Ridge.
6. Long Reach (1-0, 55-14)
In Week 1, Long Reach showed it will be able to put up some points. Right now, the Lightning has the top scoring offense in the league.
Last week: Beat Marriotts Ridge, 55-14. This week: home against River Hill.
7. Howard (1-0, 41-0)
The Lions had arguably the most dominant Week 1 showing, and they also displayed an effective passing game, as Ryan Wade tossed two long TDs.
Last week: Beat Centennial, 41-0. This week: at Atholton.
8. Glenelg (1-0, 0-39)
Yep, the Gladiators were outscored, 39-0, and they’re 1-0. You read that right.
Last week: Beat Atholton by forfeit. This week: at Centennial.
9. (Last week: 10.) Mt. Hebron (1-0, 26-0)
Of the teams that were pegged to have a bounce-back season, the Vikings seem to be the most ready to fulfill the hype. Sophomore Zach Nicholas broke a 75-yard touchdown run in their Week 1 win.
Last week: Beat Oakland Mills, 26-0. This week: home against Hammond.
10. (9.) Oakland Mills (0-1, 0-26)
The Scorpions have enough playmakers to avoid slipping outside the bubble, but they have to be upset with last week’s result.
Last week: Lost to Mt. Hebron, 26-0. This week: at Wilde Lake.
On the bubble: Centennial (0-1, 0-41), Marriotts Ridge (0-1, 14-55).
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