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Howard County Football Power Rankings: Week 5

Ah, Week 5: The season’s halfway mark, when the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders, or so that clever rhyme goes.

There isn’t a lot of movement in the Power Rankings after last week’s shake-up, but there were plenty of close calls. No. 2 Hammond defeated No. 3 River Hill, 12-9, by virtue of six turnovers, and No. 8 Reservoir held a second-half lead over No. 1 Atholton, which also was having problems hanging on to a slippery football.

Centennial had a shot at escaping the basement when it took a second-half lead over No. 9 Mt. Hebron, but the Vikings scored a tiebreaking touchdown with less than 50 seconds left to claim the Holshue...