TOP 15


1. Patterson (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: 1. Ryan Lewis rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown, as the Clippers rolled to a 33-0 victory over Mervo on Friday. Patterson has outscored its opposition, 109-0, this season. Next game: Friday at Southwestern.

2. Dunbar (2-0) -- Last week's ranking: 5. Reggie Boyce rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on six carries to lead the Poets to a 26-6 win over then-No. 2 Poly on Friday. The win is believed to be the first in nearly 20 seasons by a city public school other than City over an Augie Waibel-coached Engineers team. Next game: Friday vs. Douglass.

3. McDonogh (2-1) -- Last week's ranking: 3. Dwayne Stukes scored four touchdowns, including a 73-yard interception return and a 77-yard punt return in the Eagles' 34-0 rout of Episcopal (Va.) on Saturday. After a season-opening loss to Potomac, McDonogh has outscored its two opponents, 69-6. Next game: Saturday vs. St. Paul's.

4. North County (2-1) -- Last week's ranking: 4. The Knights rebounded from last week's 14-9 setback to Crossland by shutting out Chesapeake-AA, 35-0, on Friday. Topper Ellis rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries to lead North County. Next game: Saturday vs. Glen Burnie.

5. Poly (2-1) -- Last week's ranking: 2. The Engineers lost to Dunbar, 26-6, on Friday. Poly suffered its worst defeat since a 20-0 loss to City in 1992. Next game: Friday vs. Carver.

6. Gilman (1-1) -- Last week's ranking: 6. The Greyhounds were idle. Next game: Saturday vs. Good Counsel

7. City (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: 7. Jermaine Peterson threw three touchdown passes to lead City to a 36-8 win over Northern on Friday. City's defense held Northern scoreless, the Vikings' lone touchdown coming on a 75-yard return of a fumble recovery. Next game: Friday at Walbrook.

8. Lake Clifton (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: 8. Greate White completed 10 of 15 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown to lead the Lakers to a 28-14 victory over Southern-B on Friday. White's main target was Teril Lowery, who caught four passes for 186 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown reception. Next game: Friday vs. Edmondson.

9. St. Mary's (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: 11. The Saints outlasted Severn, 39-30, on Friday. Jason Lilly ran for 193 yards and four touchdowns for St. Mary's, and Saints quarterback Brad Best passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Next game: Friday at Westlake.

10. Mount St. Joseph (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: 15. The Gaels turned three Annapolis fumbles and an interception into three second-half touchdowns to post a 26-6 win over the Panthers on Friday. Mount St. Joseph, under first-year coach Mike Working, already has equaled last season's victory total. Next game: Saturday vs. Cardinal Gibbons.

11. Annapolis (2-1) -- Last week's ranking: 9. The Panthers gave up 20 unanswered points in the second half to drop a 26-6 decision to Mount St. Joseph on Friday. Next game: Friday vs. Old Mill.

12. Calvert Hall (2-0) -- Last week's ranking: 12. The Cardinals were idle. Next game: Saturday vs. Broadneck.

13. Aberdeen (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: 13. The Eagles scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half en route to a 21-9 victory over Edgewood on Friday. Next game: Friday vs. Bel Air.

14. Howard (2-1) -- Last week's ranking: 10. The Lions fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 20-14 loss to Frederick on Friday. Next game: Friday vs. Glenelg.

15. Centennial (3-0) -- Last week's ranking: Unranked. The Eagles debut in the Top 15 after routing North Carroll, 55-13, on Saturday. Robbie Hauff rushed for 211 yards and scored six touchdowns for Centennial. Next game: Saturday at Mount Hebron.

Other teams receiving consideration: Bel Air (3-0), St. Paul's (3-0), Severna Park (2-1), C. Milton Wright (2-1), Severn (2-1), Randallstown (2-1), South Carroll (2-1), Southern-AA (2-1), Loyola Oakland Mills (1-2).

How the poll is conducted: The Football Top 15 is compiled by the local sports staff of The Baltimore Sun.

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