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McDonogh top local team in the state football poll at No. 5

McDonogh quarterback Jansen Durham is pursued by Gilman linebacker Shamar Shanks as Eagles wide receiver Eric Burrell delivers a block during their 99th annual game.
McDonogh quarterback Jansen Durham is pursued by Gilman linebacker Shamar Shanks as Eagles wide receiver Eric Burrell delivers a block during their 99th annual game. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

McDonogh's 21-14 overtime win over Gilman Saturday boosted the Eagles to No. 5 in the Maryland High School Football Media State Poll, the highest ranking of any Baltimore-area team. Gilman, last week's No. 1, dropped to No. 6.

The poll is now dominated by teams from the Washington area -- No. 1 Linganore, No. 2 Good Counsel, No. 3 Damascus and No. 4 Douglass-PG. Good Counsel is the only team among the top four with a loss (20-0 to Gilman in September).

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Linganore, a Frederick County team that won the last of its five state titles in 2009, jumped from No. 3 to No. 1 with a 35-13 win over Urbana while Good Counsel had the weekend off.

McDonogh (7-3) jumped up from No. 11 with its season-ending win in the 99th meeting with the Greyhounds (8-3). That gave each team a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.

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Broadneck (10-0) held onto the No. 8 spot after finishing the regular season with a 35-0 win over Glen Burnie.

Defending Class 3A state champion Franklin (9-1) dropped one spot to No. 11 in the shuffle despite a 48-13 win over Catonsville that completed a nine-game winning streak that followed a season-opening loss to Calvert Hall.

No. 15 Archbishop Curley moved up two spots after beating St. Paul's, 56-14, in the MIAA B Conference championship. The Friars (10-0) completed the first undefeated season in school history.

No. 16 Mount Saint Joseph (8-3) couldn't sustain the momentum from its Nov. 1 upset of St. Frances and fell four spots after dropping its season finale to Calvert Hall, 21-7. The Gaels' eight wins quadrupled their total from last season.

No. 19 Arundel and No. 20 Howard moved up one spot each while St. Frances remained No. 23 and Calvert Hall remained No. 24.

Three local teams also received votes but not enough to break into the Top 25: Mervo (9-0), Old Mill (8-2) and Oakland Mills (9-1).

This will be the last media poll until after the state championships, which are scheduled for Dec. 4, 5, and 6 at M&T Bank Stadium. To see this week's entire poll, click here.

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