November 20, 2017

MSA high school football Top 25 scoreboard and blog: Week 1

Quinten Johnson in action versus Jones (Fla.) during Week 1 of the 2017 high school football season. Photo by Cory Royster/MSA.

After countless hours of preparation, the grind meets the pavement on Friday and Saturday for every team that didn’t kickoff the 2017 regular season last weekend. This week, our number one, St. Frances, hosts the top dog in all of Virginia — Bishop Sullivan Catholic. No. 3 St. John’s (D.C.) treks out to California to challenge De La Salle, one of the top units in the country. You can watch that game on ESPNU at 11 p.m. EST. 

There are three Top 25 matchups and a host of other intriguing matchups, and fortunately for you, MSA is on the job.

Our Game of the Week pits a Class 4A East matchup between No. 17 North Point and No. 18 Old Mill (state media poll rankings). After a 9-2 season last fall, the Eagles return one of the top offensive lineman nationally in Rasheed Walker (10 Power-5 offers) and other impact players, like cornerback Chelen Garnes (offer from Navy), quarterback JeMichael Jones (Howard commit) and receiver Johnathan Riley. Old Mill, meanwhile, looks to avenge an upset loss in the first round of the playoffs last fall, which spoiled a 10-0 regular season.

We’ll also have reporters at the following contests on Friday: Kyle Parsons covers a Montgomery County clash between No. 8 Damascus and unranked Blake, Brooks Warren is stationed at No. 11 Northwest vs. Wootton and Chapin Jewell covers an intriguing 1A game in Cumberland between Alleghany and Dunbar. On Saturday, Tom Peace heads out to report on No. 14 Calvert Hall vs. Dundalk at 7 p.m., Josh Mitchell will update us on No. 21 Fort Hill at USO in Pittsburgh (2 p.m. start) and I will be covering a juicy Class 3A matchup between Milford Mill and Tuscarora (1 p.m. start).

If you haven’t already, make sure you follow us on Twitter @MDSportsAccess.

BREAKFAST LINKS

MSA high school football power rankings: Week 1

MIAA preview: Once again, everybody is chasing St. Frances

No. 7 Gonzaga (D.C.) forces six turnovers in dismantling of No. 14 Gilman, 38-0

Opener between No. 6 McDonogh and No. 21 Pallotti cancelled

No. 3 St. John’s (D.C.) tops Jones (Fla.) to open season, 49-30

No. 1 DeMatha comes up short in 35-23 loss to reigning national champion Bishop Gorman (Nev.)

Get to know Caleb Williams, Gonzaga’s freshman quarterback

FRIDAY, SATURDAY 1 (MSA rank/state media poll rank, game and time)

1 / 2 St. Frances (2-0) 29, Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.) 8

2 / 1 DeMatha (1-1) 28, Avalon (0-1) 0

3 St. John’s (D.C.) (1-0) 21,  De La Salle (Calif.) 7 — Halftime, live on ESPNU

5 / 5 Archbishop Spalding (1-0) 56, NR / 24 Annapolis 14

Viera (Fla.) 21, No. 6 Gonzaga (D.C.) (1-1) 6

7 / 4 McDonogh (1-0) 21, La Salle College (Pa.) 9

8 / 6 Damascus (1-0) 41, Blake (0-1) 17 — CLICK FOR STORY

9 / 8 Quince Orchard (1-0) 55, Bethesda-CC (0-1) 7

10 / 7 Good Counsel (1-0) 23, 24 / NR Gilman (0-2) 10

11 / 11 Northwest (1-0) 53, Wootton (0-1) 36 — CLICK FOR STORY

13 / 10 Walkersville (1-0) 59, New Era Academy (0-1) 0

16 / 21 Linganore (0-0) 64, Archbishop Curley (0-1) 6

17 / 23 Riverdale Baptist (2-0) 35, Ballou (D.C.) 9

NR / RV St. Mary’s Ryken (2-0) 23, 19 / RV Pallotti (0-1) 6

22 / 12 Franklin (1-0) 52, Woodlawn (0-1) 0

23 / 18 Sherwood (1-0) 37, Magruder (0-1) 0

25 / 17 North Point (1-0) 42, NR / 18 Old Mill (0-1) 0 — CLICK FOR STORY

NR / 22 Seneca Valley (1-0) 42, Rockville (0-1) 0

NR / NR Alleghany (1-0) 49, NR / RV Dunbar (0-1) 42 — CLICK FOR STORY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

4 / 3 Wise (1-0) 57, Surrattsville (0-1) 0

12 / 20 Bullis (1-0) 37, Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) 0

14 / 13 Calvert Hall (2-0) 42, Dundalk (0-1) 7 — CLICK FOR STORY

15 / 15 Georgetown Prep (1-0) 35, Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 7

Chopticon (1-0) 35, 18 / 9 Oxon Hill (0-1) 32

20 / RV Mount St. Joseph (1-1) 40, Cardinal O’Heara (Pa.) 8

21 / 14 Fort Hill (1-0) 75, University Prep/Sci-Tech/Obama Academy (Pa.) 6

NR / 19 Howard (1-0) 34, Glenelg (0-1) 0

NR / 25 Broadneck (1-0) 56, Bowie (0-1) 6

NR / RV Tuscarora (1-0) 38, NR / RV Milford Mill 14 (0-1) — CLICK FOR STORY

About Kyle McFadden 348 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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