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St. Frances back alone on top in state football poll

St. Frances has jumped back on top of the Maryland High School Football Media State Poll for Week 5 after sharing the top spot with DeMatha last week. Both teams have held the stop spot during the first four weeks of the season.

The Panthers (5-0) took over at No. 1 after clobbering Loyola Blakefield, 65-0. DeMatha (4-1), which has lost only to Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas, had the week off. Two weeks ago, DeMatha took the top spot from St. Frances when the Panthers were idle because they could not go to IMG Academy as Hurricane Irma approached Florida.

On Friday night at Utz Field, the Panthers host McDonogh, in a Baltimore Sun No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown. The Eagles are No. 4 in the state poll, moving up one spot after beating Archbishop Spalding, 17-6. McDonogh (4-1) has lost only to DeMatha.

Wise (5-0), the defending Class 4A state champion, remains at No. 3 while Damascus (5-0), last year’s 3A champion, flipped with McDonogh and is now No. 5.

Calvert Hall made the biggest jump of the week, improving six spots to No. 8 after a 35-0 win over then-No. 11 Mount Saint Joseph. The Cardinals (4-2) have lost only to St. Frances and Wise.

Five other Baltimore-area teams also remain ranked in the top 25. Mount Saint Joseph (4-2) dropped to No. 14 after the loss to Calvert Hall. Howard (5-0) moved up three spots to No. 15. No. 16 Broadneck (5-0) and No. 17 Franklin (4-1) also rose three spots each.

Archbishop Spalding dropped from No. 17 to No. 19 after the loss to McDonogh.

To see the entire state football poll, click here.

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