It looks as though the rankings are starting to round into form after two weeks of games. I'm not saying that this is where they'll stay for the rest of the season, but I feel as if these make more sense than they did last week.
Reeling Mt. Hebron takes a tumble this week, but I would not be surprised to see the Vikings get it together and knock off a few teams ahead of them before November. Read on to see who moved up the ladder in Mt. Hebron's wake.
This edition of the power rankings also sees the addition of the points scored and points allowed charts at the bottom.
This week marks the start of the homecoming schedule, with Long Reach at Wilde Lake and Centennial at Mt. Hebron, both on Saturday at 1 p.m.
(Last week's ranking in parentheses.)
1. (1.) River Hill (2-0, 56 points scored-3 points allowed)
The Hawks' offense got going last week, scoring 49 points against Marriotts Ridge after putting only seven on the scoreboard in Week 1. The defense has allowed only three points. At 0-2, rival Atholton is hungry to take down the Hawks.
Last week: beat Marriotts Ridge (0-2), 49-0. This week: at Atholton (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.
Wins: G (7-3), MR (49-0). Losses: NA.
2. (2.) Glenelg (1-1, 17-13)
No reason to drop the Gladiators out of the spot where they started. They've played two close games, and this Friday night's contest at Reservoir should also be a battle.
Last week: beat Wilde Lake (0-2), 14-6. This week: at Reservoir (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.
W: WL (14-6). L: RH (7-3).
3. (4.) Hammond (2-0, 68-8)
Through two games, Hammond has scored more points than any team except for Centennial (87) and allowed fewer than only River Hill (3). And the scoring differential of its last four games is 136-21.
Last week: beat Long Reach (0-2), 41-8. This week: home against Oakland Mills (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.
W: MH (27-0), LR (41-8). L: NA.
4. (5.) Howard (2-0, 53-26)
The Lions had a statement win against Atholton last week, 40-16, and are on their way to a 3-0 start.
Last week: beat Atholton (0-2), 40-16. This week: home against Marriotts Ridge (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.
W: WL (13-10), A (40-16). L: NA.
5. (3.) Atholton (0-2, 51-47)
It's hard times on Freetown Road, because the Raiders found out that their Week 1 win over Marriotts Ridge would be forfeited because of a practice violation within a day of getting blown out by Howard. Things don't get any easier this week, as Atholton hosts defending state champion River Hill, which is in the midst of a 26-game winning streak. This is still a talented team capable of upsets.
Last week: lost to Howard, 40-16. This week: home against River Hill, Friday at 7 p.m.
W: NA. L: MR (FF), Ho (40-16).
6. (7.) Wilde Lake (0-2, 16-27)
The Wildecats have lost two straight close games, but should make up some ground in the scoring differential column this Saturday against homecoming opponent Long Reach.
Last week: lost to Glenelg (1-1), 14-6. This week: home against Long Reach (0-2), Saturday at 1 p.m.
W: NA. L: Ho (13-10), G (14-6).
7. (8.) Centennial (2-0, 87-27)
The Eagles are flying high, having outscored their first two opponents, 87-27. You can bet they're eager to show just how far they've come this Saturday against neighborhood rival Mt. Hebron.
Last week: beat Oakland Mills (1-1), 59-20. This week: at Mt. Hebron (0-2), Saturday at 1 p.m.
W: Re (28-7), OM (59-20). L: NA.
8. (9.) Reservoir (1-1, 43-42)
The Gators took a big tumble after losing to Centennial in Week 1, but made a case for upward mobility last week by routing Mt. Hebron. A win Friday night against Glenelg would get Reservoir back into the upper echelon.
Last week: beat Mt. Hebron (0-2), 36-14. This week: home against Glenelg (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.
W: MH (36-14). L: C (28-7).
9. (6.) Mt. Hebron (0-2, 14-63)
The Vikings have played two tough teams, but getting outscored 63-14 is no way to start the season. A rivalry game for homecoming this Saturday should get their competitive juices flowing.
Last week: lost to Reservoir (1-1), 36-14. This week: home against Centennial (2-0), Saturday at 1 p.m.
W: NA. L: Ha (27-0), Re (36-14).
10. (10.) Oakland Mills (1-1, 64-65)
Talk about a roller coaster. The Scorpions outscored Long Reach by 38 points in Week 1, then got outscored by Centennial by 39 points in Week 2. This offense is more potent than it was just one year ago, having already matched its scoring output from all of 2012.
Last week: Lost to Centennial (2-0), 59-20. This week: at Hammond (2-0), Friday at 7 p.m.
W: LR (44-6). L: C (59-20).
On the bubble: Long Reach (0-2, 14-85), Marriotts Ridge (1-1, 7-84).
Oakland Mills, 64
River Hill, 56
Wilde Lake, 16
Long Reach, 14
Mt. Hebron, 14
Marriotts Ridge, 7
River Hill, 3
Wilde Lake, 27
Mt. Hebron, 63
Oakland Mills, 65
Marriotts Ridge, 84
Long Reach, 85
River Hill, +53
Oakland Mills, -1
Wilde Lake, -11
Mt. Hebron, -49
Long Reach, -71
Marriotts Ridge, -77