Commentary

Loyola finishes atop private school rankings

Updated: December 1, 2008, 11:46 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Loyola completed its mission with a 35-0 victory over Calvert Hall on Thanksgiving Day, securing the No. 1 spot among the state's private schools.

Now, it's the public schools' turn.

This week's state finals at M&T Bank Stadium feature No. 1 vs. No. 2 meetings in all four classifications.

The only surprise going into the final week is season-long 3A No. 1 Seneca Valley loss to Westlake in overtime in the state semifinals. Westlake and Wilde Lake -- in Doug DuVall's final game as coach -- will meet in the 3A final on Thursday.

Sherwood and Linganore, a pair of undefeated squads, will square off in Friday's 4A state final.

Two-time defending champ Dunbar meets Fort Hill in the 1A final and a clash between undefeateds River Hill and Eastern Tech play in the 2A final on Saturday.

River Hill has a chance to finish No. 1 in Maryland if it repeats as state champion. The Hawks are the top-ranked team in the Baltimore Sun and the highest-ranking Maryland squad in the Washington Post Top 20. Loyola, however, can make a strong claim for No. 1 consideration with its perfect run through the MIAA, which included a win over Gilman, a team that beat DeMatha early in the season.

MDVarsity.com Private School Top 10
Rank School Record
1 Loyola 11-0*
2 DeMatha 10-2*
3 Good Counsel 11-1*
4 Mount St. Joseph 8-2*
5 Landon 9-1*
6 Georgetown Prep 7-3*
7 Archbishop Curley 7-3*
8 McDonogh 4-6*
9 Gilman 6-4*
10 St. Mary's-AA 7-4*

MDVarsity.com Class 4A Top 10
Rank School Record
1 Sherwood 13-0
2 Linganore 13-0
3 Quince Orchard 10-2*
4 Arundel 11-1*
5 Wise 9-4*
6 Eleanor Roosevelt 10-1*
7 Flowers 10-2*
8 Suitland 8-3*
9 Severna Park 9-3*
10 Old Mill 9-2*

MDVarsity.com Class 3A Top 10
Rank School Record
1 Wilde Lake 12-1
2 Westlake 10-2
3 Seneca Valley 12-1*
4 Urbana 8-4*
5 Tuscarora 8-3*
6 Lackey 8-4*
7 Hereford 10-3*
8 Damascus 7-4*
9 Huntingtown 9-2*
10 Milford Mill 9-3*

MDVarsity.com Class 2A Top 10
Rank School Record
1 River Hill 13-0
2 Eastern Tech 13-0
3 Douglass-PG 9-3*
4 Gwynn Park 8-3*
5 Century 12-1*
6 Queen Anne's 12-1*
7 Edmondson 8-4*
8 Middletown 8-4*
9 Clarksburg 10-1*
10 Patuxent 8-2*

MDVarsity.com Class 1A Top 10
Rank School Record
1 Dunbar 12-1
2 Fort Hill 11-1
3 Allegany 9-3*
4 Joppatowne 9-4*
5 Havre de Grace 11-1*
6 Smithsburg 10-1*
7 Mountain Ridge 7-3*
8 Boonsboro 9-2*
9 Cambridge-S.D. 7-4*
10 Catoctin 8-5*