Commentary

No surprise: DeMatha starts No. 1

Updated: August 28, 2009, 10:00 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

TUESDAY, AUG. 25 -- Preseason Poll

Compiled by Sheldon Shealer.

The poll is based on a state-wide voting of sports reporters. The 2009 season marks the 20th year of the official media state poll in Maryland.

Schools are ranked by points received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes. LY is last year's final ranking.

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MDVarsity.com High School Football Media State Poll
Rk. School Record Points LY* Next Game
1. DeMatha (11) 0-0 299 4 vs. Riverdale Baptist, Sept. 5
2. Linganore (1) 0-0 284 6 at C.M. Wright, Sept. 4
3. Good Counsel 0-0 279 5 at Valhalla, Calif., Sept. 4
4. Gilman 0-0 260 NR at St. John's Catholic Prep, Aug. 28
5. Arundel 0-0 228 12 at No. 18 Old Mill, Sept. 4
6. Damascus 0-0 224 NR at Magruder, Sept. 4
7. Westlake 0-0 223 7 at Chopticon, Sept. 4
8. Suitland 0-0 211 24 at No. 9 Wise, Sept. 5
9. Wise 0-0 203 14 vs. Suitland, Sept. 5
10. Loyola 0-0 192 2 at St. Frances, Aug. 28
11. River Hill 0-0 181 1 vs. Hammond, Sept. 4
12. Dunbar 0-0 161 10 vs. Randallstown at Poly, Sept. 5
13. Thomas Johnson 0-0 156 NR at North Hagerstown, Sept. 4
14. Eleanor Roosevelt 0-0 145 15 at Bladensburg, Sept. 5
15. Quince Orchard 0-0 137 8 vs. Kennedy, Sept. 4
16. Gwynn Park 0-0 127 22 at Forestville, Sept. 5
17. Fort Hill 0-0 100 13 at Surrattsville, Sept. 5
18. Old Mill 0-0 94 NR vs. No. 5 Arundel, Sept. 4
19. Mount St. Joseph 0-0 84 21 vs. Archbishop Curley, Sept. 5
20. Hereford 0-0 74 NR vs. North Harford, Sept. 4
21. Northwest 0-0 63 NR at Walt Whitman, Sept. 4
22. Sherwood 0-0 48 3 vs. Thomas Wootton, Sept. 4
23. Eastern Tech 0-0 41 16 vs. Milford Mill, Sept. 4
24. North Point 0-0 25 NR vs. Northern Calvert, Sept. 4
25. Landon 0-0 15 23 at Archbishop Carroll (D.C.), Sept. 12

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

McDonough (0-0, 9), Georgetown Prep (0-0, 8), Tuscarora (0-0, 8), Wilde Lake (0-0, 7), Potomac (0-0, 4), Edmondson (0-0, 3), Paint Branch (0-0, 3), McDonogh (0-0, 2), Riverdale Baptist (0-0, 1), Seneca Valley (0-0, 1).