Commentary

State championships settle No. 1 debate

Updated: December 8, 2008, 2:26 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

The state championships settled No. 1 on the field, and three of the four favored teams -- Sherwood, River Hill and Dunbar -- posted victories in vastly different fashions.

Sherwood shut down Lingaore's high-powered ground attack which had led to 157 points in the Lancers' three previous outings en route to a 21-3 victory.

River Hill won a 31-6 decision over Eastern Tech, a surprisingly large margin given River Hill's top offensive player did not see any action of offense due to injury. Last year, River Hill won a 14-7 contest in the state final.

Dunbar, which was considered a significant favorite and bolted out to a 12-0 lead just minutes into the game, won 20-19 on a miracle drive and a two-point conversion with two seconds left to play.

The official and final season media state poll will be released Tuesday. It figures to be a tight three-way battle for final No. 1 between 4A champ Sherwood, 2A champ River Hill and MIAA champ Loyola.

MDVarsity.com will be the post to post the final state poll approximately 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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 14-0*
2 Linganore 13-1*
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 Westlake 12-2*
2 Wilde Lake 12-2*
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 14-0*
2 Douglass-PG 9-3*
3 Gwynn Park 8-3*
4 Eastern Tech 13-1*
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 13-1*
2 Fort Hill 11-2*
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*