2021 Md. Media State Poll (Final)
For the fourth straight season, St. Frances is the unanimous No. 1 in the Maryland Media Football Poll.
The Baltimore power collected all 10 first-place votes to easily outdistance No. 2 Quince Orchard, the state’s top-ranked public school.
St. Frances finished the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons as the state’s top-ranked team. There was no State Poll last year as teams had varied seasons — if any — during the depth of the pandemic. Again this season, St. Frances went coast-to-coast as the No. 1 team. In fact, no other team has been No. 1 since Weeks 3-4 in 2017 when St. Frances and DeMatha briefly shared the top spot. DeMatha was No. 1 in Week 2 of 2017, and St. Frances has held (or shared) the top spot every week since — a state record run of 46 straight weeks at No. 1.
All six public school state champions ended up in the final Top 25 with 4A champ Quince Orchard at No. 2, 1A champ Fort Hill at No. 11, 2A/1A champ Dunbar at No. 15, 3A champ Northern Calvert at No. 16, 4A/3A champ Mervo at No. 18, and 2A champ Douglass-PG at No. 24.
Considering there was no 2020 season on which to base the 2021 preseason rankings, the first nine teams in the preseason poll finished ranked in the top 9 in the final poll. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that 20 of the final Top 25 were either in the Top 25 or receiving votes in the preseason poll. The highest-ranking team in the final poll that was not ranked in the preseason was first-year program Rock Creek Christian, which finished No. 10.
Now on with the complete the Top 25 …
|Maryland High School Football Media State Poll|
|Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 — Regional Playoffs
|FREDERICK, Md. — The Maryland High School Football Media State Poll, in its 31st year, is based on a statewide voting by sports reporters. Schools are ranked by points received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes. LW is last week’s ranking. The rankings are compiled by Sheldon Shealer.
||St. Frances (10)
||Quince Orchard||14-0||239||2||Class 4A state champion|
||Absp. Spalding||10-1||224||3||MIAA A semifinalist|
||Good Counsel||7-5||219||4||WCAC runner-up|
||Wise||12-1||195||6||Class 4A state runner-up|
||Calvert Hall||9-3||191||7||MIAA A champion|
||Mount St. Joseph||7-4||175||8||MIAA A semifinalist|
||165||9||MIAA A runner-up|
||Rock Creek Christian||7-1||153||14||Independent school|
||Fort Hill||13-0||151||11||Class 1A champion|
||Northwest||11-2||129||15||Class 4A semifinalist|
||Flowers||11-2||125||10||Class 4A semifinalist|
||Broadneck||8-2||105||12||Class 4A quarterfinalist|
||Dunbar||13-0||103||22||Class 2A/1A champion|
||Northern Calvert||12-1||102||NR||Class 3A champion|
||Linganore||12-1||91||13||Class 3A runner-up|
||Mervo||11-1||84||NR||Class 4A/3A champion|
||Paint Branch||9-2||78||16||Class 4A quarterfinalist|
||Concordia Prep||10-2||48||24||MIAA B champion|
||Loyola||9-3||43||19||MIAA B runner-up|
||Bishop McNamara||4-5||40||17||WCAC fifth place|
||Avalon School||5-5||38||23||Independent school|
||Douglass-PG||13-1||29||NR||Class 2A champion|
||Dundalk||12-1||27||18||Class 4A/3A runner-up|
Others Receiving Votes: St. Mary’s Ryken (6-6, 18 points), Old Mill (8-3, 4), Frederick (10-3, 2), Sherwood (9-3, 2), Franklin (9-3, 1), Milford Mill (12-2, 1), South Carroll (12-1, 1).