TOP 15


1 City (Record: 8-0; Points: 119). Last week's ranking: 1.

Corey Simpson rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Knights to a 24-8 victory over No. 9 Patterson on Thursday. City has won 28 straight. Next game: Friday at Edmondson.

2 Poly (8-0, 112). Last week's ranking: 2. Greg Kyler scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run with 1:34 remaining to give the Engineers a 7-0 victory over No. 4 Gilman on Saturday. Next game: Saturday at Salesianum (Del.).

3 Overlea (8-0, 98). Last week's ranking: 4. Kenyon Crawford rushed for 131 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Falcons routed Pikesville, 46-7, on Friday. Next game: Saturday vs. Loch Raven.

4 Gilman (5-1, 93). Last week's ranking: 3. The Greyhounds lost to No. 2 Poly, 7-0, on Saturday. Gilman's defense had stopped Poly four times inside the Greyhounds' 30 before Kyler's touchdown. Next game: Saturday vs. Mount St. Joseph.

5 McDonogh (6-0, 90). Last week's ranking: 5. Idle. Next game: Friday vs. Calvert Hall.

6 North County (7-1, 81). Last week's ranking: 9. The Knights gained sole possession of first place in the Anne Arundel County 4A League after routing No. 11 Annapolis, 40-6, on Friday. Next game: Saturday vs. Meade.

7 Southern-AA (7-1, 66). Last week's ranking: 11. Jamar Mullen and Corey Contee combined for 219 yards rushing in the Bulldogs' 53-0 romp over Northeast on Friday. Next game: Friday at Broadneck.

8 C. Milton Wright (7-1, 61). Last week's ranking: 10. The Mustangs, coming off their first regular-season loss since 1989, shut out John Carroll, 34-0, on Thursday. Jason Tharpe rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Next game: Friday vs. Joppatowne.

9 Patterson (7-1, 59). Last week's ranking: 6. The Clippers lost to No. 1 City, 24-8, on Thursday. Next game: Friday at No. 13 Forest Park.

10 Perry Hall (7-1, 39). Last week's ranking: 13. The Gators moved within one win of clinching their fifth Baltimore County 3A-4A title in six years after defeating Eastern Tech, 20-6, on Friday. Next game: Saturday at Dundalk.

11 Annapolis (6-2, 33). Last week's ranking: 7. The Panthers were routed by No. 6 North County, 40-6, on Friday. The loss dropped Annapolis into a second-place tie with Arundel in the Anne Arundel County 4A League. Next game: Friday at Arundel.

12 St. Mary's (5-2, 22). Last week's ranking: Not ranked. The Saints are making their first appearance in the Top 15 after edging No. 15 St. Paul's, 10-7, on Friday. Mark Kiefer kicked a game-winning 27-yard field goal with 1:30 left. Next game: Friday vs. Loyola at Anne Arundel Community College.

13 Forest Park (5-3, 20). Last week's ranking: 14. Robert Arthur rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown as the Foresters edged Southern-B, 12-8, on Thursday. Next game: Friday vs. No. 9 Patterson.

14 Dunbar (6-2, 17). Last week's ranking: 15. The Poets scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters en route to an 18-0 victory over Northwestern on Thursday. Next game: Friday vs. Mervo.

15 St. Paul's (6-2, 15). Last week's ranking: 12. The Crusaders lost to No. 12 St. Mary's, 10-7, on Friday. Next game: Friday at Cardinal Gibbons.

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Arundel (5-3, 12), Calvert Hall (4-2, 9), Chesapeake-BC (7-1, 4), Howard (7-1, 2), Towson (7-1, 2), Fallston (6-1, 2), Severna Park (5-3, 2), Joppatowne (7-1, 1), Lake Clifton (6-2, 1).

Poll members: Obie Barnes (Forest Park); Andy Borland (Severna Park); John Buchheister (Randallstown); Doug DuVall (Wilde Lake); Ken Johnson (Liberty); Steve Harward (C. M. Wright); Mitch Tullai (St. Paul's); Lem Satterfield, The Baltimore Sun.

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