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The final regular-season votes have been logged and seven undefeated teams top this week's MDVarsity.com High School Football State Poll.
Six of the seven teams start their playoff journeys this week. At least two of the six playoff teams will have to lose as their paths will cross in the Class 4A postseason.
This week's opening round of playoffs features a pair of Top 25 clashes with No. 13 Suitland visiting No. 12 Flowers and No. 24 Gwynn Park at No. 2 River Hill. Suitland and Flowers played three weeks ago with Flowers winning in overtime. This is the first-ever meeting between Gwynn Park and River Hill.
Gilman and North County, which both suffered losses last week, dropped from the Top 25 and were replaced by Douglass-PG and Huntingtown. Douglass, a preseason Top 25 team, earned its way back into the rankings with a 26-12 victory over Gwynn Park. Huntingtown is the SMAC's lone representative in this year's final regular-season poll.
The next state ranking will be released at the conclusion of the state playoffs.
The Maryland High School Football State Poll, in its 19th year, is based on a statewide voting by sports reporters. Schools are ranked by points received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes.
|MDVarsity.com High School Football Media State Poll|
|Rank||Team||Record||Points||Previous||Last Week||This Week|
|1||Good Counsel (11)||10-0||299||1||def. Archbishop Carroll (D.C.), 44-0||vs. Bishop McNamara|
|2||River Hill (1)||10-0||281||2||def. Glenelg, 41-0||vs. Gwynn Park|
|3||Loyola||10-0||278||3||def. Georgetown Prep, 35-7||idle|
|4||Sherwood||10-0||262||4||def. Walt Whitman, 45-7||vs. Northwest|
|5||Eleanor Roosevelt||10-0||255||5||def. Laurel, 45-12||vs. Wise|
|8||Linganore||10-0||228||8||def. Urbana , 31-24||vs. Westminster|
|7||Seneca Valley||10-0||227||6||def. Albert Einstein, 49-0||vs. Damascus|
|8||Quince Orchard||9-1||224||7||def. Richard Montgomery, 54-14||vs. Thomas Wootton|
|9||DeMatha||8-2||185||9||def. Bishop McNamara, 42-7||vs. St. John's (D.C.)|
|10||Dunbar||9-1||181||11||def. Patterson, 26-2||vs. Forestville at Poly Complex|
|11||Eastern Tech||10-0||177||12||def. Patapsco, 61-8||vs. Poly at CCBC-Essex|
|12||Flowers||9-1||164||13||def. Bowie, 35-0td>||vs. Suitland|
|13||Suitland||8-2||144||14||def. Bladensburg, 18-0td>||at Flowers|
|14||Clarksburg||10-0||141||15||def. Watkins Mill, 33-0||vs. Middletown|
|15||Arundel||9-1||139||16||def. Southern-AA, 51-7||vs. North County|
|16||Century||10-0||110||17||def. Liberty, 34-17||vs. Liberty|
|17||Old Mill||9-1||94||22||def. South River, 45-14||vs. Severna Park|
|18||Fort Hill||8-1||90||25||def. No. 21 Allegany, 26-22||vs. Boonsboro|
|19||Wilde Lake||9-1||79||23||def. Reservoir, 33-14||vs. Howard|
|20||Landon||9-1||76||24||def. St. Albans (D.C.), 20-14||Season complete|
|21||Allegany||8-2||63||18||lost to Fort Hill, 26-22||at Smithsburg|
|22||Mount St. Joseph||7-2||59||19||def. Cardinal Gibbons, 47-0||Idle|
|23||Douglass-PG||8-2||44||10||def. No. 24 Gwynn Park, 26-12||at North Point|
|24||Gwynn Park||8-2||23||10||Lost to No. 23 Douglass-PG, 26-12||at No. 2 River Hill|
|25||Huntingtown||9-1||16||NR||def. Leonardtown, 28-24||vs. Lackey|
Also receiving votes: Wise (7-3, 12), Queen Anne's (10-0, 8), Joppatowne (7-3*, 7), Smithsburg (10-0, 5), Friendly (8-2, 4), Tuscarora (8-2, 4), Urbana (7-3, 4), Damascus (7-3, 3), Havre de Grace (10-0, 3), Gilman (6-4, 3), Boonsboro (9-1, 2), North County (8-2, 2), Perry Hall (8-2, 1).
*-Record reflects three forfeit losses.