St. Frances, DeMatha still tied at No. 1 in state football poll

St. Frances and DeMatha remain tied for the top spot in the Maryland High School Football Media State Poll for the second straight week.

In the poll released Tuesday, both teams received the same number of votes, although DeMatha (4-1) got six votes for the No. 1 spot while the Panthers (4-0) got five. One went to No. 3 Wise (4-0) with DeMatha third on that ballot.

Last week’s tie for No. 1 was the first in about 20 years in the state media poll. Each team received five votes for No. 1. The Stags, the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions ranked No. 15 in USA Today’s Super 25, have lost only to Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas, the No. 11 team in the Super 25. St. Frances, The Baltimore Sun’s No. 1 team and the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion, is No. 22 in the Super 25.

Five of the seven MIAA A Conference teams are ranked in the top 17 this week.

McDonogh (3-1) has lost only to DeMatha and remained steady at No. 5 — after Wise, the defending Class 4A state champion, and No. 4 Damascus (4-0), the defending 3A champion.

Mount Saint Joseph (4-1) moves up two spots to No. 11 with Calvert Hall (3-2) down four to No. 14 after falling to St. Frances. Archbishop Spalding (2-1) stayed at 17.

Howard (4-0) is the top Baltimore-area public school, holding the No. 18 spot. Broadneck (4-0) is up one to No. 19 and Franklin (3-1) is down one spot to No. 20.

Westminster (3-1) received votes but not enough to break into the Top 25.

To see the full poll, click here.

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