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Gilman takes over No. 1 in the state football poll

Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley.
Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

Gilman moved up to No. 1 in this week's Maryland High School Football Media State Poll, taking all 12 votes for the top spot.

The Greyhounds, No. 2 last week, took over the top spot thanks to Quince Orchard's 52-27 upset of previous No. 1 and defending Class 4A state champion Northwest (8-1).

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Gilman defeated Calvert Hall, 35-7, Friday and has won eight straight games since falling to St. Edward (Ohio) and Paramus Catholic (N.J.).

The Greyhounds have clinched a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title and can win it outright with a win over McDonogh on Saturday. Their second win of the season came 20-0 over Good Counsel, which is now ranked second in the state poll.

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Broadneck (9-0) is the next Baltimore-area team in the poll, holding at No. 8 after a 28-25 win over Meade. Franklin (8-1) remained at No. 10 with McDonogh (6-3) moving up one to No. 12 and Mount Saint Joseph (8-2) moving up one to No. 13.

No. 19 Archbishop Curley, which is 9-0 heading to Saturday night's MIAA B Conference championship, moved up two spots as did No. 20 Arundel (8-1) and No. 21 Howard (9-0).

With their losses, St. Frances (4-5) fell from No. 11 to No. 23 and Calvert Hall (5-4) dropped from No. 18 to No. 24. Old Mill, Mervo, South Carroll and Oakland Mills also received votes but not enough to crack the Top 25.

To see the entire poll, click here.

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