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How Gilman got the No. 2 seed and the rest of the MIAA A Conference football story

In case you’re still wondering how the tiebreaker for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference football playoffs put Gilman in the No. 2 spot behind undefeated St. Frances, here’s the story.

St. Frances, which finished 6-0 in the conference, had the No. 1 seed sewn up before this weekend. Loyola Blakefield, at 0-5, was already eliminated.

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When Gilman beat McDonogh and Mount Saint Joseph beat Spalding, that left those four and Calvert Hall in a tie for second place. Although Calvert Hall is 2-3 in games played, the coaches agreed before the season to give a win — for playoff purposes — to Calvert Hall or Loyola Blakefield, whichever is higher in the standings, because they won’t play until the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day.

The matchups are set for the Maryland public school football regionals and the MIAA playoffs the weekend of Nov. 10-12, 2017.

All five were also 2-2 against each other. With head-to-head being the first tiebreaker, they moved to the second tiebreaker — record against teams above them — but they all lost to St. Frances, the only team higher in the standings. The third tiebreaker is record against teams below them, but they all beat Loyola.

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That made the deciding factor, the fourth — and final — tiebreaker most points scored in conference losses.

Gilman, which scored 58 points in last week’s loss to Spalding, put up 83 points in its three conference losses, which was by far the most. Thus, Gilman gets the second seed.

The four remaining teams now revert to the first tiebreaker. Head-to-head among the four, Calvert Hall and McDonogh were 2-1 and Spalding and Mount Saint Joseph 1-2.

Calvert Hall and McDonogh got the final two spots in the semifinals. Because Calvert Hall beat McDonogh, the Cardinals are the third seed and McDonogh is four.

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Before Saturday’s final games of the regular season (except for the Turkey Bowl), three of the four possible outcomes involved tiebreakers. Only Gilman and Mount Saint Joseph wins, however, could have forced the five-team tie for second.

In the semifinals Sunday at CCBC-Essex, St. Frances will play McDonogh at noon followed by Gilman against Calvert Hall at 3 p.m.

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