In a week where six ranked teams lost, the net result was only one new team in this week's Maryland State Poll Top 25.
Five of the losses occured among state-ranked teams that left little shake-up among the Top 15. The only team falling from the rankings this week was Middletown, a loser to Urbana. Urbana, which pushed its record to 3-3, remains alive for a playoff spot. The Hawks' three losses are one-point setbacks to No. 15 Walkersville, No. 21 Thomas Johnson and Westlake, which is second among the "others receiving votes."
The marquee contest last weekend was Gilman's 28-21 come-from-behind win over Calvert Hall with the state's No. 2 ranking on the line. The Cardinals slipped from No. 3 to 4 following the defeat.
Entering this week is Paint Branch at No. 23. The team's lone loss this season is to current No. 3 Quince Orchard. Interestingly, given the regional alignment, Paint Branch could be on track to meet either No. 13 Poly or No. 18 Catonsville in the Class 4A North regional playoffs.
Others Receiving Votes:
Archbishop Spalding (4-2, 21), Westlake (5-1, 15), Fort Hill (6-0, 11), Churchill (5-1, 7), Hammond (5-1, 6), Urbana (3-3, 6), Middletown (5-1, 4), Perry Hall (5-1, 2), Mountain Ridge (6-0, 1), North Point (5-1, 1), Westminster (5-1, 1).