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Gilman, Calvert Hall, Good Counsel headline Patriot Football Classic

Looking for some great high school football this week? Beginning Thursday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, you can find terrific matchups at the 9/11 Patriot Classic, which includes top teams from Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Three of our state's best teams, The Baltimore Sun's No. 1 Gilman and No. 2 Calvert Hall, as well as Good Counsel, highlight a three-day slate that includes No. 6 McDonogh, Archbishop Spalding and St. Mary's, as well as three of the top teams in New Jersey and the fifth-ranked team in Pennsylvania, according to the USA Today high school football rankings.

The Classic kicks off with the Anne Arundel County rivalry game between Archbishop Spalding and St. Mary's on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The two renew their rivalry after a year off. Spalding won in 2010 and 2009 with St. Mary's taking its last victory in 2008.

Calvert Hall faces DeMatha on Friday night at 7:30. The Cardinals, coming off a 30-6 win over Dunbar, won last year's meeting, 18-0.

Saturday kicks off with McDonogh vs. New Jersey's No. 4 St. Peter's Prep at 10:15 a.m. followed by Gonzaga vs. St. Joseph's Prep from Philadelphia at 1:15 p.m. Good Counsel, the No. 1 team in Maryland and ranked No. 19 nationally in USA Today's Super 25, takes on St. Joseph's Regional, No. 3 in New Jersey, at 4:30.

In the finale at 7:45 Saturday, Gilman, coming off a 20-19 loss at Good Counsel, faces Don Bosco Prep, from Ramsey, N.J., which finished last season No. 1 in USA Today's Super 25. The Ironmen, top-ranked in New Jersey, defeated Gilman, 33-6, two years ago.

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