State Class 2A champion Douglass, of Prince George's County, took over the top spot in the final Maryland High School Football Media State Poll with No. 2 Northwest, No. 3 McDonogh, No. 4 Gilman and No. 5 Franklin rounding out the top teams.
In winning its first state football championship, Douglass (14-0) dominated its classification and its schedule like no other team to move up from No. 4. The Eagles allowed just 55 points all season and shut out eight opponents. In 14 games, they forced a running clock on 13 opponents, using a 35-point lead to kick in the mercy rule.
The Eagles, The Washington Post's No. 1 team, had three shut outs in the playoffs and outscored their postseason opponents by a combined 183-19. They beat South Carroll, 43-0, in the semifinal and Dunbar, 38-0, in the title game.
In voting for the No. 1 team, Douglass got six voted while Class 4A state champ Northwest got five. McDonogh also got one. Dougalss had 286 total points while Northwest (13-1) had 272 to edge McDonogh, which had 271.
McDonogh, which moved up from No. 5 in the previous poll, earned a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship with Gilman after a 21-14 season-ending victory in overtime over the Greyhounds (8-3). The teams shared the title, but McDonogh (7-3) earned The Baltimore Sun's final No. 1 ranking with the victory.
Franklin, the Class 3A state champion, received 256 points, just four behind Gilman, and moved up from No. 11
The Indians (13-1) won their final 13 games en route to a second straight 3A championship. In the title game against Damascus, The Washington Post's No. 1 team at the time, the Indians had to rally from a 21-0 deficit late in the first half to beat the Hornets, 35-21. Franklin's only loss was to Calvert Hall in the season opener, 35-24. They averaged 39.1 points per game.
Two-time Class 1A state champion Fort Hill (14-0) rose from No. 14 to No. 11 after its 40-8 win over Baltimore's Douglass Mighty Ducks. The Sentinels have the state's longest active winning streak at 28 games.
When the last state poll came out on Nov. 11, eight teams were undefeated. Only three completed perfect seasons -- Douglass-PG, Fort Hill and Archbishop Curley (10-0), the MIAA B Conference champ.
The Friars moved up from No. 15 to No. 13 while Mount Saint Joseph (8-3) rose four spots to No. 12.
Old Mill (11-3) made the biggest move. Not ranked in the previous poll, the Patriots finished at No. 15 after avenging early-season losses to Broadneck and Arundel and reaching the Class 4A final before falling to Northwest, 34-31.
No. 16 Broadneck (10-1) dropped from No. 8 with its 26-0 loss to Old Mill in the opening round of the region playoffs.
No. 17 Howard (12-1) moved up from No. 20 after a tough battle with Old Mill in the state semifinal before falling 10-3.
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