The top six remains intact in this week’s rankings, with the top three WCAC contenders, the top two Maryland public schools, and Virginia’s most consistent winner Stone Bridge.
After upsetting South Lakes, Centreville picked up another impressive win over West Potomac to slide up to No. 10. C.H. Flowers was the other big mover this week following its impressive defensive performance in a 14-7 win over Gywnn Park. Friendship Collegiate and Spalding drop in the rankings after out-of-town losses.
After a wild win over Hylton, Freedom-Woodbridge enters the rankings as a midseason favorite to be Prince William County’s most dangerous playoff contender. Bullis also made the list for the first time.
Episcopal lost to Richmond’s Collegiate and West Potomac lost to Centreville, causing each team to drop out of the rankings.
1. DeMatha (4-1) Last Ranked: 1
The Stags did not play this weekend ahead of next weekend’s WCAC opener.
Next: Friday vs. Gonzaga, 7
2. Wise (5-0) LR: 2
The Pumas seem to be on another level than their Prince George's County competition. This week they walloped Parkdale, 47-0, for their third shutout victory.
Next: Saturday at Bowie, 2
3. Damascus (5-0) LR: 3
Junior running back TD Ayo-Durojaiye ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries as the Swarmin’ Hornets beat Poolesville 42-0.
Next: Friday at Clarksburg, 6:30
4. Gonzaga (5-1) LR: 4
The Eagles opened up WCAC play with a 38-0 home win over McNamara.
Next: Friday at DeMatha, 7
5. St. John's (2-2) LR: 5
Like DeMatha, the Cadets took a bye week before their WCAC schedule starts next weekend.
Next: Friday at Good Counsel, 7
6. Stone Bridge (5-0) LR: 6
Junior Nick Mell ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries as the Bulldogs rolled Potomac Falls 42-14.
Next: Friday at Briar Woods, 7
7. Westfield (5-0) LW: 8
Running back Eugene Asante led the Bulldogs with 24 carries for 195 yards in a 46-33 win over Patriot.
Next: Friday vs Madison, 7
8. Madison (5-1) LW: 9
The Warhawks have found their form after the loss to Stone Bridge, rolling over Washington-Lee and then South County.
Next: Friday at Westfield, 7
9. Good Counsel (4-1) LW: 10
Latrele Palmer rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons handled Northwest, 58-21.
Next: Friday vs. St. John’s, 7
10. Centreville (5-1) LW: 14
Workhorse Bassie Kanu came up big for the Wildcats once again, running for 165 yards in a win over West Potomac.
Next: Friday vs. Oakton, 7
11. North Point (5-0) LR: 12
The Eagles scored 50 points for the second straight week in a 50-14 win at Calvert.
Next: Friday at Huntingtown, 7
12. C.H. Flowers (5-0) LR: 17
In yet another display of defensive dominance, the Jaguars shut down a Gwynn Park team that entered averaging 38 points per game in a 14-7 victory.
Next: Saturday vs. Largo, 7
13. Friendship Collegiate (3-2) LR: 7
The Knights' defense gave up 323 yards on the ground in a 20-8 loss to Hun School (N.J.).
Next: Friday at Spalding, 7
14. Spalding (2-2) LW: 11
Next: Friday vs. Friendship Collegiate, 7
15. H.D. Woodson (3-2) LW: 13
Running back Mychale Salahuddin had 19 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the Warriors beat Ballou, 27- 16.
Next: Friday at Wilson, 6
16. South Lakes (4-1) LW: 18
After their loss to Centreville, the Seahawks had a bye week to prepare for a bounce-back game against Langley.
Next: Friday vs Langley, 7
17. Quince Orchard (4-1) LW: 19
Three different Cougars ran for a touchdown as Quince Orchard recovered from last week’s overtime loss to Bullis with a 53-0 win over Kennedy.
Next: Friday vs. Paint Branch, 6:30
18. Bullis (4-0) LW: NR
The Bulldogs were off this weekend to prepare for a tough October that starts at home against St. Mary’s Ryken before road tests at Landon and Episcopal.
Next: Friday, vs. St. Mary’s Ryken, 7
19. Broad Run (5-0) LW: 20
The Spartans did not play this weekend.
Next: Friday at Booker T. Washington, 7
20. Freedom-Woodbridge (5-0) LW: NR
The Eagles jumped out to a 28-7 lead before outlasting Hylton 48-42 Friday night.
On the bubble: Sherwood (4-1), Paint Branch (5-0), Lackey (5-0), Tuscarora (5-1), St. Mary’s Ryken (6-0)