Rankings done by Josh Ilori – @jilori_22
Header Photo Courtesy of @krobb__
1 – St. John’s College High School Cadets (DC) [1 – 0] #6 – USA Today Super 25 Rankings
The Cadet’s looked dominate as ever when they opened the season with a 49 – 0 victory over Johns Creek from Georgia. Coach Casemento and his staff will look to roll the momentum over into next week’s road trip to play Alabama’s Hoover High School.
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2 – St. Frances Academy Panthers (MD) [0 – 0] #8 – USA Today Super 25 Rankings
The Panthers won’t start their season until next week when they play one of Philly’s best teams, St. Joseph’s Prep. With their dominate defense and all the talent on the other side of the ball Coach Poggi and his staff expect to come home with a win.
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3 – Good Counsel Falcon (MD) [1 – 0] #19 – USA Today Super 25 Rankings
Good Counsel took care of business when they went down to Marietta Georgia to play the Blue Devils winning 40 – 28. The Falcons will be back in action next week hosting the 14th ranked Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers.
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4 – Gonzaga College Eagles (DC) [1 – 0]
Coach Trivers Eagles were absolutely dominate in their 47 – 0 victory over the Gilman Greyhounds. Caleb Williams showed his off his athleticism with a 96-yard touchdown run and was efficient running the Gonzaga offense. The Eagles look ready for their matchup at #18 Bishop Sullivan Catholic next week.
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5 – Highland Springs Springers (VA) [1 – 0]
Virginia’s top ranked team demolished Hermitage in their season opener 67 – 0. The Springers defensive front controlled the line of scrimmage and gave their offense excellent field position all game. Their next game is August 31st vs Woodside High School
6 – Oscar Smith Tigers (VA) [1 – 0]
The Tigers started their bid for a 4th Virginia 6A title appearance with a bang defeating North Carolina’s West Forsyth High School 41 – 26. Auburn commit Cam’Ron Kelly led the way on both sides of the ball for Oscar Smith. Coach Sivels’ squad has a week off before their next contest against Great Bridge High School.
7 – Wise Pumas (MD) [0 – 0]
The 3-time Class 4A Champions will kick-off their season hosting New Jersey’s Camden High School next week when Maryland’s public-school season starts.
8 – Westfield Bulldogs (VA) [1 – 0]
Noah Kim tossed 5 touchdowns as the Bulldogs started their Virginia 6A Title defense with a 41 – 21 victory at Lake Braddock. They’ll face off against NoVa rival South County on August 31st.
9 – Salem Spartans (VA) [1 – 0]
The defending Virginia 4A Champion Spartans started their 2018 campaign with a 49 – 14 home victory over Amherst County. Coach Wilson and staff’s next challenge on their road to 4 straight Virginia 4A Titles will be a road game vs Franklin County next Friday.
10 – Manchester Lancers (VA) [1- 0]
Elite 11 Finalist Brendon Clark helped the Lancers jump out to a 28 – 14 halftime lead going 13 – 18 and throwing a touchdown. Manchester was able to hold on to get out of Varina with a 28 – 21 victory. Their next contest will be a home game against Riverbend.
11 – Mount St. Joseph Gaels (MD) [1 – 0]
Coach Holzers started their season off with a statement win defeating St. Mary’s Ryken 49 – 7. They’ll continue their march towards a MIAA A title next week when they host New Jersey’s Holy Spirit.
12 – Friendship Collegiate Academy Knights (DC) [1 – 0]
After finishing last season with a heartbreaking loss in the DCSAA Title game the Knights have come into 2018 with a mission. They took care of their business trip defeating Virginia’s John Champe High School 20 – 7. They’ll be tested next week when they take on the 15th ranked McDonogh Eagles.
13 – DeMatha Catholic Stags (MD) [0 – 1]
A trio of first half fumbles put the Stags in a hole they were unable to climb out of when they took on national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas last week. Coach Brooks and his staff will make ball security a priority this week before they head up to Pennsylvania’s Imhotep Charter.
14 – Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers (MD) [0 – 0]
Coach Schmitt’s team had a bye week 1. They’ll start their season in one of the DMVs best non-conference games when they take on the Good Counsel Falcons. With FBU Freshman All-American Austin Tutas solidified as QB1 I’m excited to see what the Cavaliers offense will do.
15 – McDonogh Eagles (MD) [1 – 0]
It’d didn’t take long for Coach Hakeem Sule to get his first win with McDonogh defeating Archbishop Wood 16 – 7. Next week they’ll take on one of DC’s best teams, Friendship Collegiate, in what should be one of the best inter-state games this season.
16 – Blacksburg Bruins (VA) [1 – 0]
Coach Well Burins started off 2018 with a bang defeating Giles High School 50 – 7. Quarterbacks Grant Johnston looked phenomenal airing the ball out. Blacksburg fans will be hoping for a similar performance from the Senior signal – caller when they play Lord Botetourt next week.
17 – Colonial Forge Eagles (VA) [1 – 0]
The Eagles started their 2018 campaign for a Virginia 6A championship beating Patriot High School in a 51 – 35 shootouts on the road. Running back Ernesto Bowen was great keeping the Colonial Forge offense on schedule and had a 67-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter. Their next game is home against Albemarle High School.
18 – Bishop Sullivan Catholic Crusaders (VA) [1- 0]
Coach Scott’s Crusaders started off the season with a dominate 45 – 13 victory against the home Norfolk Christian Ambassadors. Sophomore Quarterback Colt Minson looked confident in the pocket while throwing darts. Bishop Sullivan will need that, and some other things to go their way if they hope to upset the 3rd ranked Gonzaga College Eagles when they come to town next week.
19 – Damascus Hornets (MD) [0 – 0]
Coach Wallich’s squad was inactive last week, as were all the Maryland public schools. The most dominate public school defense in the DMV, led by 5 star Defensive Line prospect Bryan Bresee, will start their march for another Maryland Class 3A title August 31st when they host Blake High School.
20 – Dinwiddie Generals (VA) [1 – 0]
The Generals made it clear they have no intention of ending their 11-season playoff streak when they dropped an astonishing 70 points at Denbigh. Coach Mills and his staff will try and match the same efficiency on offense when Dinwiddie hosts Smithfield High School next week.
21 – Bullis Bulldogs (MD) [0 – 0]
The Bulldogs are in great position to win the ISA this season and have one of the region’s best defensive backfields led by Ohio State commit Bryson Shaw and Sophomore Jalen ‘Buck’ McCain. Bullis opens up their season on September 1st when they do to the nation’s capital to face the Lions of Archbishop Carroll.
22 – Calvert Hall Cardinals (MD) [1 – 0]
Calvert Hall pitched a near perfect game in their season opener against Silver Oak Academy. They’re executed the coaching staff’s game plan to perfection and were able to return a blocked punt for a touchdown. Cardnials fans will be looking for a similar performance when they host St. Vincent Pallotti on the 31st.
23 – Flint Hill Huskies (VA) [0 – 0]
After winning their conference last year the Huskies solidified themselves as one of Virginia’s premier private school programs. They dynamic backfield of Penn commit Miles Thompson and future Terp Jordan Houston should have them climbing these rankings this season. Flint Hill starts their Title defense September 8th against Paul VI.
24 – Landon Bears (MD) [0 – 0]
Coach Padalino and the Bears have an up hill climb as they try to repeat as ISA champions with Quarterbacks John Geppert (graduation) and Tristan Armstrong (transfer to Good Counsel) leaving the program. Fortunately, they have what is likely the region’s most underrated safety tandem in Boston College commit Jalen Williams and Harvard commit Jelani Machen patrolling the back half of their defense. Landon opens their season next week against Walt Whitman High School.
25 – HD Woodson Warriors (DC) [0 – 0]
Coach Fuller’s Warriors are a perennial power in DC football, and if it wasn’t for one incident during the playoffs they easily could have finished 2017 as DCSAA champions. Despite the graduations of contributors like Mychale Salahuddin, Noah Boykin, Vincent Flyth, Khalil Wright and others HD Woodson is ready to make another run for the best public-school team in the Nation’s capital. 2nd Team All -DMV DB Ke’von Hunter is ready to lead the defense, and full-time starter Jordon Sharp was impressive when he filled in at Quarterback last week. The Warriors will open their season up with a trip to West Virginia to face Martinsburg High School.
The Next 5
- Oakdale Bears (MD) [0 – 0] || Next Game – Aug 31st vs Digital Harbor (MD)
- Eastern View (VA) [1 – 0] ||Last Game – W, 37 – 0 at Culpeper County (VA)|| Next Game – Aug 31st vs Turner Ashby
- Quince Orchard Cougars (MD) [0 – 0] || Next Game – Aug 31st at Bethesda – Chevy Chase (MD)
- Georgetown Prep Lil’Hoyas (MD) [0 – 0] || Aug 31st vs Woodberry Forest (VA)
- Tuscarora (Leesburg) Huskies (VA) [1 – 0] || Last Game – W, 35 – 7 at King George (VA) || Next Game – Aug 31st vs Broad Run (VA)