Atholton at Long Reach Football

Long Reach's Brandon Barrington celebrates with the Lightning's mascot during a 15-14 homecoming win over visiting Atholton Sept. 28. (Noah Scialom, Patuxent Homestead / September 28, 2013)


We wanted an upset, and we got it. Bubble-team Long Reach pulled off an improbable, 15-14, win over reeling Atholton to shake up the rankings, and now it's time to sort things out. It was very difficult to figure out which team replaces Long Reach on the bubble, because there are five teams with one win or less and four of them could finish the season with four or five wins.

On the other end of the spectrum, River Hill, Glenelg and Howard have separated themselves from the pack.

In a treat for the fans, Howard and Glenelg will square off Friday night in the Game of the Week.

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(Last week's ranking in parentheses, all games are Friday at 7 p.m.)

1. (1.) River Hill (4-0, 126 points scored-16 points allowed)

Some (including myself) wondered if River Hill was going through growing pains after a close Week 1 victory at Glenelg, but one month later there is no questioning who the top dog in Howard County is. The Hawks have outscored their opponents by more than 100 points and they have the league's top offense and defense.

Last week: beat Centennial (3-1), 42-7. This week: at Mt. Hebron (0-4).

Wins: G (7-3), MR (49-0), A (28-6), C (42-7). Losses: NA.


2. (2.) Glenelg (3-1, 76-22)

Not only have the Gladiators shined in the first part of the season, they've done it against a very tough gauntlet of opponents. They haven't allowed more than seven points in a single game yet this season, and the seven points came against River Hill. Any high school football fan should be very excited for Friday night's match-up.

Last week: beat Hammond (3-1), 35-3. This week: home against Howard (4-0).

W: WL (14-6), Re (24-6), Ha (35-3). L: RH (7-3).


3. (4.) Howard (4-0, 123-49)

I had to give the Lions a boost once they became one of only two 4-0 teams in the league, along with No. 1 River Hill. Their plus-74 scoring differential is second best in the league. They haven't had the toughest schedule so far, but they have a chance to show something Friday night at Glenelg.

Last week: beat Mt. Hebron (0-4), 35-13. This week: at Glenelg (3-1).

W: WL (13-10), A (40-16), MR (35-10), MH (35-13). L: NA.


4. (3.) Hammond (3-1, 101-57)