St. Frances has yet to play a complete football game as stormy, rainy weather continues to wash out the Panthers’ season, but that hasn’t stopped the team from claiming the No. 1 spot for the fourth straight week in the Maryland High School Football State Poll.
The Panthers are 1-0 after a 41-6 win over Christ the King (N.Y.) that was called for lightning at halftime on Sept. 7. The game was agreed to be a win for St. Frances by both sides.
The Panthers started one other game, Aug. 31 against St. Joseph’s Prep from Philadelphia, but lightning stopped that game after about 30 minutes of play and 90 minutes of delays. Last Thursday’s trip to play Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fla., was canceled because the Panthers were to travel by bus and many roads in North Carolina, including parts of Interstate 95, were closed by flooding from Hurricane Florence.
Still, the Panthers received all but one vote for No. 1 in Tuesday’s state media poll. No. 2 DeMatha (3-1) got the other vote. St. Frances is also ranked No. 7 nationally in USA Today’s Super 25.
Other Baltimore-area teams in the Top 25 of the state poll: No. 6 Calvert Hall (5-0), No. 7 Archbishop Spalding (1-1), No. 14 Mount Saint Joseph (4-1), No. 15 Dunbar (2-0), No. 17 Milford Mill (4-0), No. 19 McDonogh (2-2), No. 21 Broadneck (4-0) and No. 22 Franklin (3-1).
Liberty (4-0) and Glenelg (4-0) received votes but not enough to crack the Top 25.
To see the entire poll, click here.