November 24, 2017

MSA high school football power rankings: Week 2

Photo by Kyle McFadden/MSA.

Below are our Week 2 power rankings, which exist for a different purpose than the state media poll (this is where strength of schedule and quality of play matters), along with a tidbit about each team.

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Note: All lines are generated from USA Today’s high school football score predictor.

1. St. Frances Academy Panthers (Record: 2-0) LW: 1

County: Baltimore City, MIAA A Conference

Last week: def. Bishop Sullivan Catholic, 29-8

This week: at IMG Academy (Fla.) on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 33-point underdogs)

Wins: Canada Prep by 45 (Ontario), Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.) by 21

Losses: None

After a 45-0 victory against Canada Prep, the Panthers added to their claim as the top team in Maryland with a 21-point win against the top-ranked team from Virginia by MaxPreps, Bishop Sullivan Catholic. They’ll now face their stiffest test of the season on the road against national power IMG Academy.

2. DeMatha Catholic Stags (1-1) LW: 2

County: Prince George’s, WCAC

Last week: def. Avalon, 28-0

This week: at Franklin on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 27-point favorites)

Wins: Avalon by 28

Losses: Bishop Gorman (Nev.) by 23

Coach Elijah Brooks stated at the beginning of the year that the Stags will lean heavily on its defense this fall. With 5-star running back MarShawn Lloyd out for the season (broken wrist) and quarterback Ty Lenhart out for the time being with an illness, DeMatha’s defense rose to the occasion on Friday by pitching a shutout. 

RELATED: 2017 DeMatha football preview

3. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (1-0) LW: 4

County: Prince George’s, MPSSAA Class 4A South

Last week: def. Surrattsville, 57-0

This week: vs. Calvert Hall on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 20-point favorites)

Wins: Surrattsville by 52

Losses: None

Wise smashed Surrattsville on Saturday afternoon, 57-0, to push its win-streak to 29 games. That streak, however, will be on the line on Friday as the Pumas welcome Calvert Hall, a MIAA power out of Baltimore, to The Den. 

RELATED: Wise football coach DaLawn Parrish and Florida State commit A.J. Lytton discuss the upcoming season

4. St. John’s College Cadets (1-1) LW: 3

County: District of Columbia, WCAC

Last week: LOSS to De La Salle (Calif.), 35-31

This week: vs. St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Line: 1-point favorites)

Wins: Jones (Fla.) by 19

Losses: De La Salle (Calif.) by 4

The Cadets had nationally ranked De La Salle on the ropes for a good two and a half quarters, and then slip-ups reminiscent of the 2016 WCAC title game sent a 17-point halftime lead to ruination. Despite the loss, SJC showcased its potential on ESPNU, and because of that, a sizeable penalty shouldn’t be slapped against the Cadets. They’ll have to recover quickly against SJR, the 22nd-ranked team nationally by MaxPreps.

5. Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers (1-0) LW: 5

County: Anne Arundel, MIAA A Conference

Last week: def. Annapolis, 56-14

This week: vs. Bishop Moore (Fla.) on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 21-point favorites)

Wins: Annapolis by 42

Losses: None

Senior tailback Julius Chestnut ran for 96 yards and four touchdowns in the Cavs’ 42-point rout of crosstown opponent Annapolis. 

6. McDonogh School Eagles (1-0) LW: 7

County: Baltimore County, MIAA A Conference

Last week: def. La Salle College (Pa.), 21-9

This week: at Bishop McNamara on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Line: 23-point favorites)

Wins: La Salle College (Pa.) by 12

Losses: None

Virginia Tech commit DeJuan Ellis totaled 322 all-purpose yards (101 passing, 141 rushing and 80 receiving) and scored twice to propel the Eagles past Pennsylvania power La Salle on Friday. Ellis scored on a pair of 80-yard plays — a QB sneak up the right sideline (highlight below) and on a reception out wide. 

7. Gonzaga College Eagles (D.C.) (1-1) LW: 6

County: District of Columbia, WCAC

Last week: LOSS to Viera (Fla.), 21-6

This week: at Peddie (N.J.) on Friday at 8 p.m. (Line: 20-point favorites)

Wins: No. 14 Gilman by 38

Losses: Viera (Fla.) by 15

After a pristine opener versus Gilman, the Eagles only mustered 32 yards on the ground in 22 attempts and dropped the first game under the lights on Eye Street against Florida stalwart Viera.  

8. Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets (1-0) LW: 8

County: Montgomery, MPSSAA Class 2A West

Last week: def. Blake, 41-17

This week: vs. Sherwood on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (Line: 26-point favorites)

Wins: Blake by 24

Losses: None

Damascus’ signature offensive line paved the way for 277 yards on the ground in the 24-point victory over Blake. Gage Dickens, formerly from Urbana, accounted for over half of the rushing output with 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Swarmin’ Hornets will face their toughest test of the regular season in Week 2 against ranked Sherwood.

RELATED: Damascus coach Eric Wallich, Bryan Bresee and Michael Jurgens discuss the upcoming season and more

9. Quince Orchard Cougars (1-0) LW: 9

County: Montgomery, MPSSAA Class 4A West

Last week: def. Bethesda-CC, 55-7

This week: at Blair on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (Line: 23-point favorites)

Senior quarterback Doc Bonner went 7-for-10 passing with 152 yards and a touchdown in the 55-7 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Friday night.

RELATED: Quince Orchard coach John Kelley and quarterback Doc Bonner discuss the upcoming season and more

10. Good Counsel Falcons (1-0) LW: 10

County: Montgomery, WCAC

Last week: def. No. 24 Gilman, 23-10

This week: vs. Mount St. Joseph on Friday at TBD (Line: 8-point favorites)

Wins: No. 24 Gilman by 13

Losses: None

The Andy Stefanelli era got off on the right foot with a 13-point win over ranked Gilman on Friday. Latrele Palmer paced the Falcons with 64 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

CAPSULE: Legendary coach Bob Milloy gets historic win No. 400

11. Northwest Jaguars (1-0) LW: 11

County: Montgomery, MPSSAA Class 4A West

Last week: def. Wootton, 53-36

This week: vs. Walter Johnson on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (Line: 35-point favorites)

Wins: Wootton by 17

Losses: None

Tailback Juwon Farri found the endzone four times to lead Northwest past Wootton on Friday night, 53-36.

RELATED: Northwest football coach Michael Neubeiser, DeAndre Jules and Chris Craddock discuss the upcoming season and more

12. Bullis School Bulldogs (1-0) LW: 13

County: Montgomery, IAC

Last week: def. Archbishop Carroll (D.C.), 37-0

This week: at Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Line: 27-point favorites)

Wins: Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) by 37

Losses: None

The Bulldogs got off the 2017 season off to a strong start with a 37-0 rout of Archbishop Carroll (D.C.).

13. Walkersville Lions (1-0) LW: 13

County: Frederick, MPSSAA Class 2A West

Last week: def. New Era Academy, 59-0

This week: vs. Liberty on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 28-point favorites)

Wins: New Era Academy by 59

Losses: None

Jacob Wetzel, Ty Littleton, Aaron Jahnke, Christian Policelli (five tackles), and Josh Polce (twice) all found the end zone on Friday evening in the Lions’ 59-0 rout of New Era Academy. Quarterback Billy Gant assisted on both of Polce’s scoring grabs of 35 and 42 yards. 

WATCH: Walkersville football coach Joe Polce and Jacob Wetzel discuss the upcoming season and more

14. Calvert Hall Cardinals (2-0) LW: 14

County: Baltimore City, MIAA A Conference

Last week: def. Dundalk, 42-7

This week: at No. 3 Wise on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Line: 20-point underdogs)

Wins: Silver Oak Academy by 45, Dundalk by 35

Losses: None

The Cards’ stingy defense forced multiple turnovers on Saturday night to blow past Dundalk at home, 42-7. Now they travel to the Puma Den on Friday to clash with Wise, the back-to-back MPSSAA Class 4A state champions.

15. Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas (1-0) LW: 15

County: Montgomery, IAC

Last week: def. Bishop O’Connell (Va.), 35-7

This week: at Gilman on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (Line: 1-point favorites)

Wins: Bishop O’Connell by 28

Losses: None

Sophomore running back Jalen Hampton exploded for 199 yards and a trio of scores on Saturday afternoon to lift his little Hoyas over Bishop O’Connell, 35-7.

16. Linganore Lancers (1-0) LW: 16

County: Frederick, MPSSAA Class 3A West

Last week: def. Archbishop Curley, 64-6

This week: at Edgewood on Friday at TBD (Line: 18-point favorites)

Wins: Archbishop Curley by 58

Losses: None

The Lancers throttled visiting Curley on Friday night behind six first half turnovers created by stingy defensive play. Joey Felton got things going with a 34-yard pick-six. Tailbacks Davon Butler and Zamarre Snowden rushed for over 100 yards apiece and both found the end zone.

RELATED: Linganore coach Rick Conner, Luke Freeman and Zach Willett discuss the upcoming season

17. Riverdale Baptist Crusaders (2-0) LW: 17

County: Prince George’s, Independent

Last week: def. Ballou (D.C.), 35-9

This week: at Oxon Hill on Saturday at 2 p.m. (Line: 17-point favorites)

Wins: No. 19 Bishop McNamara by 27, Ballou (D.C.) by 26

Losses: None

Running back Curtis Murray and quarterback Justus McDougal both found the end zone twice as the Crusaders earned another sizeable win on Friday night. Now they get previously ranked Oxon Hill, which will surely be fired up after an upset loss to Chopticon.

18. North Point Eagles (1-0) LW: 25

County: Charles, MPSSAA Class 4A East

Last week: def. Old Mill, 42-0

This week: at Westlake on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 17-point favorites)

Wins: Old Mill by 42

Losses: None

Navy commit Chelen Garnes crossed the pylon four times in his 166-yard performance during Friday’s rout of Old Mill. Quarterback JeMichael Jones (Howard commit) accounted for four touchdowns of his own as the Eagles rocket through the ranks.

WATCH: Highlights from No. 25 North Point vs. Old Mill

19. Fort Hill Sentinels (1-0) LW: 21

County, Allegany, MPSSAA Class 1A West

Last week: def. University Prep/Sci-Tech/Obama Academy (Pa.), 75-8

This week: vs. Keyser (W.Va.) on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 28-point favorites)

Wins: USO (Pa.) by 67

Losses: None

Life without Brayden Brown is off to a smooth start for the Sentinels as they clobbered USO on Saturday evening, 75-8. Troy Banks III rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns and Luke Hamilton (offer from Navy) recorded 17 tackles.

20. Broadneck Bruins (1-0) LW: NR

County: Anne Arundel, MPSSAA Class 4A East

Last week: def. Bowie, 56-6

This week: at North County on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (Line: 21-point favorites)

Wins: Bowie by 50

Losses: None

The Bruins created seven turnovers and Jason Carcamo, Tyrice Watson and Ethon Williams each visited the end zone twice in the 56-6 trouncing of Bowie on Saturday. 

21. Franklin Indians (1-0) LW: 22

County: Baltimore, MPSSAA Class 3A North

Last week: def. Woodlawn, 52-0

This week: vs. No. 2 DeMatha on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 27-point underdogs)

Wins: Woodlawn by 52

Losses: None

With No. 2 DeMatha looming, quarterback Emmett Avery passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Indians pummeled Woodlawn on Friday night, 52-0. 

22. St. Mary’s Ryken Knights (2-0) LW: NR

County: St. Mary’s, WCAC

Last week: def. No. 19 Pallotti, 27-6

This week: vs. Dunbar (D.C.) on Friday at 7 p.m. (Line: 42-point favorites)

Wins: No. 12 Mount St. Joseph by 2, No. 19 Pallotti by 21

Losses: None

For the second week in a row, quarterback Kristian Marks (19 of 22 passing, 165 yards and two total touchdowns) leads the Knights past a ranked opponent. Senior tailback Calvin Bell ran for 119 yards and a score on 20 carries.

23. Mount St. Joseph Gaels (1-1) LW: 20

County: Baltimore City, MIAA A Conference

Last week: Loss against St. Mary’s Ryken, 30-28

This week: at No. 10 Good Counsel on Friday at TBD (Line: 8-point underdogs)

Wins: Cardinal O’Heara (Pa.) by 32

Losses: St. Mary’s Ryken by 2

Freshman quarterback Billy Atkins threw for two more touchdowns, and this time, the Gaels came away victorious ahead of No. 10 Good Counsel.

24. Sherwood Warriors (1-0) LW: 23

County: Montgomery, MPSSAA Class 4A

Last week: def. Magruder, 44-0

This week: at No. 8 Damascus on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (Line: 26-point underdogs)

Wins: Magruder by 44

Losses: None

Senior Joey Hunt scored three times — two through the air and one on a pick-six — as the Warriors smashed Magruder on Friday, 44-0. Sherwood will now trek to No. 8 Damascus, which holds a 29-game win-streak and hasn’t lost at home since 2013.

RELATED: Q&A with Sherwood quarterback Michael Mbony

25. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (1-0) LW: NR

County: Prince George’s, MPSSAA Class 4A South

Last week: def. Bladensburg, 23-0

This week: vs. Pallotti on Friday at 7 p.m. at Fairland Regional Park (Line: 1-point favorites)

Wins: Bladensburg by 23

Losses: None

The Raiders shutout Bladensburg, 23-0, to open the 2017 season on Saturday afternoon.

Dropped out: No. 18 Oxon Hill (0-1), No. 19 Pallotti (0-1), No. 24 Gilman (0-2)

On the bubble: Allegany (1-0), Annapolis (0-1), Arundel (1-0), Blair (1-0), Bishop McNamara (0-2), Chopticon (1-0), Douglass-PG (1-0), Dunbar (0-1), Elkton (1-0), Gilman (0-2), Gwynn Park (1-0), Howard (1-0), Lackey (1-0), Liberty (1-0), Long Reach (1-0), Loyola Blakefield (0-1), Mervo (1-0), Middletown (1-0), Northern (1-0), North Caroline (1-0), Oakdale (1-0), Oxon Hill (0-1), Pallotti (0-1), Parkside (1-0), Patuxent (0-1), Perry Hall (0-1), Seneca Valley (1-0), St. James (1-0), Tuscarora (1-0)

About Kyle McFadden 350 Articles

Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School’s Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore’s student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles.

McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access.

With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels.

McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church — serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night.

Although he’s only been around journalism since January 2014, he’s a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post.

McFadden’s work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He’s also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists.

McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor’s degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.

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