Franklin's state champion football team soared to No. 7 in the final Maryland High School Football Media State Poll after being unranked in the last poll at the end of the regular season.
The Indians (12-2) rolled through the playoffs to take their first state championship, 20-7, over Linganore in the Class 3A title game Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium. Linganore remained No. 10 in the poll.
After opening 2-2, the Indians won 10 straight, including four playoff games by an average score of 42-11. In each of their first three playoff games, they scored 49 points.
The area's highest ranked team was No. 2 McDonogh, The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 team after finishing 11-0 and winning the MIAA A Conference title. The Eagles remained No. 2 behind DeMatha, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, but only by nine points. DeMatha received 10 votes for No. 1 and McDonogh received two.
The Indians were the third highest ranked public school team in the poll released Tuesday. Middletown, which won its third straight state Class 2A championship and has won 36 straight games, remained No. 3. Northwest, the Class 4A champion, moved to No. 5 from No. 23.
Gilman moved up a spot to No. 6.
Five other local teams also were ranked: No. 18 Archbishop Spalding, No. 21 Meade, No. 22 Arundel, No. 23 Old Mill and No. 24 River Hill. St. Paul's, Perry Hall, Broadneck, Archbishop Curley, Douglass and Glenelg also received votes but not enough to crack the Top 25.
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