Idle week costs St. Frances top spot in state football poll; Mount Saint Joseph on the rise

St. Frances dropped to No. 2 in the Maryland high school football poll thanks in part to the postponement of its Friday game at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., because of Hurricane Irma. The Panthers took over the top spot for the first time in program history last week.

St. Frances’ idle week combined with DeMatha’s 36-0 win over then-No. 10 Franklin brought a switch in the top two. DeMatha moved back to No. 1, its position in the preseason, while St. Frances dropped to No. 2. Defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion DeMatha (2-1) received six votes for the top spot while defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion St. Frances (2-0) received five — the opposite of last week’s voting.

Meanwhile, Mount Saint Joseph (2-1) soared into the poll at No. 18 after defeating then-No. 7 Good Counsel, 26-14. The Gaels made the biggest jump of the week.

No. 3 Wise (2-0), No. 4 McDonogh (2-0) and No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (1-0) maintained their positions to round out the top 5.

Calvert Hall (2-1) remained No. 11 after falling to defending Class 4A state champion Wise, 15-13. Howard (2-0) stayed No. 17 while Franklin dropped to No. 19.

Broadneck (2-0) moved up one spot to No. 20. Westminster (2-0) received votes but failed to crack the Top 25.

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