2022 Md. Media State Poll (Week 1)

Is the Damascus dynasty back on the rise?

A 33-28 win over former state No. 12 Northwest means that either Damascus was underrated and/or Northwest was overrated. In any case, the Damascus victory has the Hornets back in the Top 25 for the first time during the regular season since 2019.

Way back in 2019, Damascus was one of the top public school teams in the state. Amazingly, the program had lost only three games from 2014-2019. The COVID-shortened spring season in 2020 and a 7-4 season last year has knocked Damascus from its familiar perch — high in the state rankings. 

Elsewhere there was little movement in the rankings as almost all of the favorites won last week, and the few losses were either to out-of-state or higher ranked opponents

Now on with the rest of the Top 25 …

Maryland High School Football Media State Poll
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 — WEEK 1
FREDERICK, Md. — The Maryland High School Football Media State Poll, in its 32nd 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.
Rk.
Name
Record
Points
LW
This Week
1.
St. Frances (10)
2-0 250 1 Idle
2.
Good Counsel 2-0 240 2 vs. Absp. Moeller (Ohio), Saturday
3.
DeMatha 1-1 230 3 vs. Benedictine (Va.), Saturday
4. Quince Orchard 1-0 218 5 vs. Paint Branch, Friday
5.
Calvert Hall 1-1 208 4 vs. Lipscomb Acad. (Tenn.), Saturday
6.
Archbishop Spalding 1-1 199 7 vs. Imhotep Charter (Pa.), Friday
7.
Mount St. Joseph 1-1 193 6 vs. Franklin, Friday
8.
Wise 1-0 182 8 vs. Northwestern-PG, Friday
9.
McDonogh 1-1 165 9 vs. Concordia Prep, Thursday
10.
Flowers 1-0 160 11 vs. High Point, Friday
11.
Dunbar 1-0 144 13 vs. Patterson, Friday
12.
Frederick 1-0 126 16 vs. Middletown, Friday
13.
Oakdale 1-0 124 15 vs. Walkersville, Friday
14.
Georgetown Prep 1-0 118 14 vs. No. 22 Loyola, Friday
15.
Rock Creek Christian 0-2 114 10 vs. No. 20 St. Mary’s Ryken, Friday
16.
Linganore 1-0 102 18 vs. Westminster, Friday
17.
Milford Mill 1-0 87 19 vs. Hereford, Friday
18.
Northern Calvert 1-0 80 17 vs. Chopticon, Friday
19.
Douglass-PG 1-0 69 20 vs. Friendly, Friday
20.
St. Mary’s Ryken 1-1 60 21 vs. Rock Creek Christian, Friday
21.
Damascus 1-0 48 NR vs. Magruder, Friday
22.
Loyola 1-0 43 22 vs. No. 14 Georgetown Prep, Friday
23.
Northwest 0-1 36 12 vs. Clarksburg, Friday
24.
St. Vincent Pallotti 0-1 26 23 vs. John Carroll, Friday
25.
Gilman 2-0 11 NR vs. Lawrenceville (N.J.), Saturday

Others Receiving Votes: Mervo (0-0, 10 points), Broadneck (0-1, 3), Dundalk (1-0, 2), Fort Hill (1-0, 2).

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