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Howard County 2021 football power rankings | Sixth edition

Week 7 of the Howard County football season was chalk. The four teams with a chance to win the county championship all earned double-digit victories on Friday, but Week 8 is likely to shake up the county standings. Here’s how the 12 Howard County football teams stack up against each other heading into Week 8.
(Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

Howard County 2021 football power rankings | Sixth edition

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Every Sunday of each week, reporter Jacob Meyer will rank the football teams in Howard County. You can tweet at him @jcalvinmeyer or email him at jameyer@baltsun.com with comments or questions about the rankings.
(Jacob Calvin Meyer)
Howard County 2021 football power rankings | Sixth edition
Week 7 of the Howard County football season was chalk. The four teams with a chance to win the county championship all earned double-digit victories on Friday, but Week 8 is likely to shake up the county standings. Here’s how the 12 Howard County football teams stack up against each other heading into Week 8.
Week 7 of the Howard County football season was chalk. The four teams with a chance to win the county championship all earned double-digit victories on Friday, but Week 8 is likely to shake up the county standings. Here’s how the 12 Howard County football teams stack up against each other heading into Week 8. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
12. Centennial (0-7)
At No. 12 again, the Eagles played their closest game of the season so far with a 13-7 loss to Reservoir on Thursday. Up next: at Mt. Hebron, Oct. 22.
At No. 12 again, the Eagles played their closest game of the season so far with a 13-7 loss to Reservoir on Thursday. Up next: at Mt. Hebron, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Kelly)
11. Marriotts Ridge (0-6)
The Mustangs remain in the penultimate spot in the rankings after losing to Atholton 33-14 on Friday. Up next: vs. Glenelg, Oct. 22.
The Mustangs remain in the penultimate spot in the rankings after losing to Atholton 33-14 on Friday. Up next: vs. Glenelg, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Pung)
10. Hammond (1-5)
The Golden Bears stay at No. 10 after not playing in Week 7. Up next: vs. Howard, Oct. 22.
The Golden Bears stay at No. 10 after not playing in Week 7. Up next: vs. Howard, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Kelly)
9. Reservoir (2-4)
At No. 9 again, the Gators earned their second straight victory with a 13-7 win over Centennial on Thursday. Up next: vs. Wilde Lake, Oct. 22.
At No. 9 again, the Gators earned their second straight victory with a 13-7 win over Centennial on Thursday. Up next: vs. Wilde Lake, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Lamb)
8. Howard (2-5)
The Lions remain at No. 8 after their 21-0 loss to Oakland Mills on Friday. After starting 2-1, Howard has lost four straight. Up next: at Hammond, Oct. 22.
The Lions remain at No. 8 after their 21-0 loss to Oakland Mills on Friday. After starting 2-1, Howard has lost four straight. Up next: at Hammond, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Jung Pak)
7. Mt. Hebron (3-3 county, 3-4 overall)
The Vikings stay at No. 7 after their 28-7 loss to Easton on Saturday. Up next: vs. Centennial, Oct. 22.
The Vikings stay at No. 7 after their 28-7 loss to Easton on Saturday. Up next: vs. Centennial, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Madeleine Phillips)
6. River Hill (4-3)
The Hawks, the No. 1 team in the first two editions of the power rankings, fall another spot after their second straight loss on Friday. River Hill is dealing with a rash of injuries, as four of its five captains didn't play in the 21-7 loss at Glenelg. Up next: vs. Oakland Mills, Oct. 22.
The Hawks, the No. 1 team in the first two editions of the power rankings, fall another spot after their second straight loss on Friday. River Hill is dealing with a rash of injuries, as four of its five captains didn't play in the 21-7 loss at Glenelg. Up next: vs. Oakland Mills, Oct. 22. (Terrance Williams for Baltimore Sun Media/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
5. Wilde Lake (3-4)
Despite losing to Long Reach 12-0 on Friday, the Wildecats move up one spot to No. 5. Wilde Lake's four losses are against Atholton, Oakland Mills, Glenelg and Long Reach — the four best teams in the county. The Wildecats' three wins are versus Hammond, Centennial and Marriotts Ridge, but each are by at least 28 points. Up next: at Reservoir, Oct. 22.
Despite losing to Long Reach 12-0 on Friday, the Wildecats move up one spot to No. 5. Wilde Lake's four losses are against Atholton, Oakland Mills, Glenelg and Long Reach — the four best teams in the county. The Wildecats' three wins are versus Hammond, Centennial and Marriotts Ridge, but each are by at least 28 points. Up next: at Reservoir, Oct. 22. (Photo courtesy of Jim Codespote)
4. Atholton (6-1)
The Raiders stick at No. 4 after their 33-14 win over Marriotts Ridge on Friday. After losing to Oakland Mills 26-20 in Week 4, Atholton has bounced back with three straight victories. The Raiders get a big test in undefeated Long Reach this week. Up next: at Long Reach, Oct. 22.
The Raiders stick at No. 4 after their 33-14 win over Marriotts Ridge on Friday. After losing to Oakland Mills 26-20 in Week 4, Atholton has bounced back with three straight victories. The Raiders get a big test in undefeated Long Reach this week. Up next: at Long Reach, Oct. 22. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media)
3. Oakland Mills (6-1)
At No. 3 again, the Scorpions earned a convincing 21-0 win over Howard on Friday. After losing to Glenelg 20-8 in Week 5, Oakland Mills has won back to back games to stay competitive in the county championship hunt. Up next: at River Hill, Oct. 22.
At No. 3 again, the Scorpions earned a convincing 21-0 win over Howard on Friday. After losing to Glenelg 20-8 in Week 5, Oakland Mills has won back to back games to stay competitive in the county championship hunt. Up next: at River Hill, Oct. 22. (Daniel Kucin Jr./Baltimore Sun Media Group)
2. Glenelg (6-1)
The Gladiators remain at No. 2 after their 21-7 win over River Hill on Friday. After losing to Atholton 26-24 in Week 2, Glenelg has won five straight games by an average of 24.2 points per game. Remaining on Glenelg's schedule are Marriotts Ridge and Reservoir. Up next: at Marriotts Ridge, Oct. 22.
The Gladiators remain at No. 2 after their 21-7 win over River Hill on Friday. After losing to Atholton 26-24 in Week 2, Glenelg has won five straight games by an average of 24.2 points per game. Remaining on Glenelg's schedule are Marriotts Ridge and Reservoir. Up next: at Marriotts Ridge, Oct. 22. (Terrance Williams for Baltimore Sun Media/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
1. Long Reach (7-0)
The Lightning are in the top spot for the fourth straight week after their 12-0 win over Wilde Lake on Friday. The shutout was Long Reach's second straight and third overall this season, as the Lightning sport the league's top scoring defense at 6.3 points per game. Long Reach also has the second best scoring offense in the county at 26.9 points a game. Remaining on the Lightning's schedule is their toughest two-game stretch of the season with Atholton and Oakland Mills. Up next: vs. Atholton, Oct. 22.
The Lightning are in the top spot for the fourth straight week after their 12-0 win over Wilde Lake on Friday. The shutout was Long Reach's second straight and third overall this season, as the Lightning sport the league's top scoring defense at 6.3 points per game. Long Reach also has the second best scoring offense in the county at 26.9 points a game. Remaining on the Lightning's schedule is their toughest two-game stretch of the season with Atholton and Oakland Mills. Up next: vs. Atholton, Oct. 22. (Karl Merton Ferron/The Baltimore Sun)
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