TOP 15


1 Patterson (9-0) -- Last week's ranking: 1. Ryan Lewis ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the Clippers' 48-0 rout of Forest Park on Friday. Willie McGirt rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another. Next game: Friday at Southern-B.

2 Dunbar (8-0) -- Last week's ranking: 2. The Poets scored 23 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 30-0 victory over Mervo on Friday. Reggie Boyce rushed for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Next game: Friday vs. Lake Clifton.

3 Poly (8-1) -- Last week's ranking: 3. Martin Prosper scored three touchdowns to lead the Engineers to a 26-0 win over Calvert Hall on Saturday. Jackie Wise threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 5 City.

4 Mount St. Joseph (8-1) -- Last week's ranking: 6. Led by JeVon Norris (211 yards rushing, three TDs), the Gaels defeated Loyola, 21-12, on Saturday to gain a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. Next game: Season over.

5 City (8-1) -- Last week's ranking: 7. Damian Beane scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes to break a 12-12 tie and give the Knights a 24-12 victory on Friday. Beane and Taber Small combined for 238 yards rushing. Next game: Saturday vs. No. 3 Poly.

6 Gilman (6-2) -- Last week's ranking: 8. R.C. Kauffman's 4-yard touchdown run with three minutes remaining lifted the Greyhounds to a 38-35 win over McDonogh on Saturday and gave them a share of the MIAA A Conference title along with Mount St. Joseph. Next game: Season over.

7 North County (7-2) -- Last week's ranking: 10. Earl Sewell threw two touchdown passes in the Knights' closer-than-expected 14-7 win over Meade (1-8) on Friday. Next game: Friday vs. Broadneck.

8 McDonogh (6-3) -- Last week's ranking: 4. The Eagles blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in losing to Gilman, 38-35, on Saturday. Quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus (13-for-16, 225 yards passing) set a state record for career completions (338). Next game: Season over.

9 C. Milton Wright (8-1) -- Last week's ranking: 12. The Mustangs outscored Joppatowne, 15-0, in the fourth quarter to post a 22-8 victory Friday. Richie Juergenson rushed for two touchdowns. Next game: Friday vs. Fallston.

10 Loyola (4-3) -- Last week's ranking: 9. The Dons suffered their second straight loss, 21-12, to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. Scott Brown rushed for 195 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Next game: Saturday vs. Cardinal Gibbons.

11 Severn (8-1) -- Last week's ranking: 11. The Admirals concluded their season with a 43-14 rout of Archbishop Curley on Friday. John Vereen rushed for 256 yards and scored four touchdowns. Next game: Season over.

12 Aberdeen (8-1) -- Last week's ranking: 13. Dondre Gilliam ran for 240 yards and three touchdown to lead the Eagles to a 35-12 win over North Harford on Friday. Next game: Friday at Havre de Grace.

13 Severna Park (7-2) -- Last week's ranking: 14. Mark Frye rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons defeated Old Mill, 37-15, on Friday. Severna Park led, 25-0, at halftime. Next game: Friday vs. Annapolis.

14 Oakland Mills (7-2) -- Last week's ranking: 15. Fardan Carter caught a 33-yard touchdown pass with 1:07 left in a 19-18 victory Saturday over Howard. Oakland Mills had trailed, 18-6, in the fourth quarter. Next game: Saturday at Centennial.

15 Howard (7-2) -- Last week's ranking: 5. The Lions lost to Oakland Mills, 19-18, on Saturday. Howard had not trailed until the Scorpions' last touchdown with 1:07 remaining. Next game: Saturday at Atholton.

Other teams receiving consideration: Franklin (9-0), Arundel (7-2), Randallstown (7-2), Centennial (7-2), Broadneck (6-2), Overlea (6-2).

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

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