Gilman and McDonogh, both coming off impressive MIAA A Conference wins, crept up one spot each and Milford Mill, the area's most prolific scoring team, cracked the Top 25 in this week's Maryland High School Football Media State Poll.
The No. 2 Greyhounds and the No. 3 Eagles owe their rise largely to Good Counsel's 21-14 upset win over last week's No. 2 DeMatha. The loss knocked the Stags to No. 7.
That and big A Conference wins opened the door for Gilman and McDonogh to move up. The Greyhounds won a slugfest with Archbishop Spalding, 69-40, while the defending A Conference champion Eagles dominated the upstart team of the fall season, Mount St. Joseph, 24-0.
Northwest, the defending state Class 4A champ which is 5-0, held onto the No. 1 ranking and received every vote for the top spot. Good Counsel, which suffered its only loss to Gilman 20-0, rose to No. 4. Undefeated Linganore rounds out the Top 5.
Milford Mill, which has scored 247 points this fall while allowing just 32, is the only team new to the Top 25 at the midpoint of the regular season. The Millers rolled over Kenwood, 59-0, to improve to 5-0 and break into the poll for the first time this fall.
Mount St. Joseph's loss to McDonogh, the Gaels' first after a 5-0 start, dropped them to No. 10 behind No. 9 Arundel, which is 5-0 after Friday's 56-10 pounding of Northeast.
Calvert Hall and Franklin held steady at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively. Calvert Hall had the week off while the Indians, whose only loss is to the Cardinals, beat Woodlawn 34-8.
Three other local 5-0 teams moved up -- River Hill from 19 to 18; Broadneck from 22 to 21 and Archbishop Curley from 24 to 22.
Howard and Liberty also received votes but did not make it into the Top 25.
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