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Football Top 20: Good Counsel takes the top spot after WCAC title

Good Counsel has risen to the top of the rankings after its surprising WCAC championship run. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

For the first time since 2012, the Good Counsel Falcons are champions of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

After beating Gonzaga in a rout in last week’s semifinal, the Falcons took down St. John’s on Sunday night in a wild finish to what has been a dramatic year in the conference.

‘It’s destiny:’ Good Counsel wins WCAC title as kicker makes the one that matters

Good Counsel handed the Cadets their first conference loss on a late field goal, earning a 16-14 win. The Falcons jump to the top of our rankings for the first time this fall.

The Cadets were one of five ranked teams to go down this weekend. Freedom-Woodbridge was upset by Massaponax, Douglass lost to New Town in overtime, Paint Branch couldn’t keep up with Northwest, and C.H. Flowers fell to Wise.

As the postseason moves forward, there will be more ranked matchups. This coming weekend will include four games featuring two ranked teams.

No. 6 Westfield will host No. 20 Yorktown, a rankings newcomer, in a Virginia Class 6 region final. No. 10 Broad Run will get No. 16 Tuscarora in a Class 4 region final. No. 9 Damascus will face No. 15 Huntingtown in the Maryland 3A semifinals, and No. 2 Quince Orchard will have a rematch with No. 13 Northwest in the 4A semis.

That’s not to mention the Turkey Bowl, the annual District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game that is played on Thanksgiving every year. This edition will be a good one, as Dunbar and H.D. Woodson face off for a third time this season. They split their previous two meetings.

It should be another great weekend of football in the D.C. area. Here’s how the latest rankings stack up.

1. Good Counsel (9-3) Last week: 3

Vince Errigo’s 32-yard field goal in the final minute handed the Falcons a 16-14 win over St. John’s in the WCAC championship game.

Next: Season complete

2. Quince Orchard (12-0) LW: 2

The Cougars topped 60 points for the fifth time this season, beating Arundel, 69-32, in the state quarterfinals.

Next: Friday vs. No. 13 Northwest, 7 p.m.

3. St. John’s (7-5) LW: 1

The Cadets’ loss in the WCAC championship game was their first conference defeat of the season.

Next: Season complete

4. Gonzaga (8-3) LW: 4

Last year’s WCAC champions were spectators for this year’s title game after a loss to Good Counsel in the semifinals.

Next: Season complete

5. DeMatha (7-4) LW: 5

The Stags fell to St. John’s in the WCAC semifinals.

Next: Season complete

6. Westfield (12-0) LW: 6

The Bulldogs shut down South Lakes, 42-0, to earn a spot in the Virginia Class 6 Region D final.

Next: Saturday vs. No. 20 Yorktown, 1 p.m.

7. Wise (12-0) LW: 7

Jalil Farooq caught a pass for a touchdown and ran for another score as the Pumas zoomed past C.H. Flowers, 35-6, in the state quarterfinals.

Next: Friday vs. Old Mill, 7 p.m.

8. Georgetown Prep (8-2) LW: 9

The Hoyas’ season is complete after they won the Interstate Athletic Conference for a second consecutive season.

Next: Season complete

9. Damascus (10-2) LW: 11

Chris Shaw had an 82-yard touchdown run as the Hornets held off Franklin, 30-13, in the Maryland 3A quarterfinals.

Next: Friday at No. 15 Huntingtown, 7 p.m.

10. Broad Run (12-0) LW: 10

Brett Griffis had three touchdowns as the Spartans used a second-half surge to take down Loudoun Valley, 28-14, in a Virginia Class 4 Region C semifinal.

Next: Friday vs. No. 16 Tuscarora, 1 p.m.

11. Stone Bridge (10-1) LW: 12

Jared Cole had two touchdowns and the Bulldogs had no problems with Potomac Falls, earning a 27-6 win.

Next: Friday vs. Woodgrove, 1 p.m.

12. Friendship Collegiate (8-3) LW: 13

The Knights were off this week as they await the start of the District of Columbia State Athletic Association Class AA tournament.

Next: Saturday vs. Carroll, noon

13. Northwest (11-1) LW: 14

Ryan Beach’s fourth-quarter touchdown gave the Jaguars a 20-12 win over Paint Branch in the Maryland 4A quarterfinals.

Next: Friday at No. 2 Quince Orchard, 7 p.m.

14. South County (12-0) LW: 15

The Stallions have yet to give up a point in two postseason games, including a 34-0 win over T.C. Williams.

Next: Friday vs. Lake Braddock, 2 p.m.

15. Huntingtown (12-0) LW: 16

The Hurricanes cruised past Wilde Lake in the state quarterfinals with a 35-0 victory.

Next: Friday vs. No. 9 Damascus, 7 p.m.

16. Tuscarora (10-1) LW: 17

The Huskies handed Liberty its first loss of the season, 53-22, in the Class 4 Region C semifinals.

Next: Friday at No. 10 Broad Run, 1 p.m.

17. St. Mary’s Ryken (9-3) LW: NR

The Knights beat Carroll, 17-14, to win the WCAC’s Metro division championship.

Next: Season complete

18. Freedom-Woodbridge (11-1) LW: 8

Last year’s Virginia Class 6 finalist lost a shootout against Massaponax, 45-42, on a last-second field goal.

Next: Season complete

19. Dunbar (9-2) LW: NR

The Crimson Tide will face H.D. Woodson in the Turkey Bowl on Thursday, its third meeting with the Warriors this season.

Next: Thursday vs. H.D. Woodson, 11 a.m.

20. Yorktown (11-1) LW: NR

Max Patterson caught two touchdowns as the Patriots shut down Madison, 25-10, in the Virginia Class 6 Region D semifinals.

Next: Saturday at No. 6 Westfield, 1 p.m.

Dropped out: No. 18 Douglass (11-1), No. 19 Paint Branch (10-2), No. 20 C.H. Flowers (9-3)

On the bubble: Potomac (Md.), Lake Braddock, Old Mill, H.D. Woodson

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