Other champions in recent days include No. 12 Archbishop Carroll, which won the WCAC Metro division, and No. 13 St. Mary’s (Annapolis), which triumphed in the MIAA B conference.
The top public schools are advancing deeper into their postseasons. No. 6 C.H. Flowers and No. 8 Wise will play this week for a spot in the Maryland 4A final; No. 14 Theodore Roosevelt will face Dunbar in the D.C. Turkey Bowl. Patriot joins the rankings ahead of a test against No. 5 Freedom (Woodbridge) in the Virginia Class 6 quarterfinals.
1. St. John’s (8-4) Last ranked: 2
Wide receiver Asa Gregg caught the game-winning touchdown in the Cadets’ 7-3 win over No. 3 DeMatha for the WCAC championship.
2. Archbishop Spalding (11-1) LR: 3
The Cavaliers won their first MIAA A conference championship, 34-10, over Calvert Hall.
The Stags’ lone WCAC loss came against No. 1 St. John’s, 7-3, in the league’s finale.
4. Quince Orchard (12-0) LR: 4
With a 21-6 win over Old Mill, the Cougars qualified for their sixth consecutive Maryland 4A semifinals appearance.
Next: Friday vs. No. 18 Broadneck, 7 p.m.
5. Freedom (Woodbridge) (12-0) LR: 5
Quarterback Tristan Evans accounted for nine touchdowns in the Eagles’ 70-35 win over Champe in the Virginia Class 6 postseason’s second round.
Next: Saturday vs. No. 20 Patriot, 1 p.m.
6. C.H. Flowers (12-0) LR: 6
The Jaguars reached back-to-back Maryland 4A semifinals with their 28-6 win over Paint Branch.
Next: Friday vs. No. 8 Wise, 7 p.m.
7. Good Counsel (8-3) LR: 7
After a strong start, the Olney private school lost its final two games.
Linebacker Rico Murray led the Pumas with nine tackles in their 51-7 win over Blair in the Maryland 4A quarterfinals.
Next: Friday at No. 6 C.H. Flowers, 7 p.m.
9. Stone Bridge (11-1) LR: 9
The reigning Virginia Class 5 champion continued its strong postseason with a 50-29 win over Riverbend in the second round.
Next: Friday vs. Mountain View, 2 p.m.
10. Fairfax (12-0) LR: 10
Senior Tony Rojas rushed for 250 yards and five touchdowns and notched five sacks in the Lions’ 63-21 win over Lake Braddock in the Virginia Class 6 postseason’s second round.
Next: Saturday vs. No. 17 South County, 1 p.m.
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11. Rock Creek Christian (6-3) LR: 11
After an inconsistent start against national competition, the Upper Marlboro private school finished with four consecutive victories.
12. Archbishop Carroll (10-2) LR: 12
Junior Nasir Smith rushed for two late touchdowns in the Lions’ 46-28 win over Paul VI for the WCAC Metro division title.
Next: Saturday vs. Friendship Collegiate, 1 p.m.
13. St. Mary’s (Annapolis) (12-0) LR: 13
Quarterback Carson Petitbon rushed for 276 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 21-13 win over Concordia Prep for the MIAA B conference championship.
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14. Theodore Roosevelt (10-1) LR: 14
The Northwest Washington program is seeking back-to-back Turkey Bowl victories.
Next: Thursday vs. Dunbar, 11 a.m. at Eastern
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15. Damascus (10-1) LR: 15
One of Maryland’s most accomplished programs returned to the 3A semifinals with a 47-12 win over Long Reach.
Next: Friday at River Hill, 6:30 p.m.
16. Loudoun County (12-0) LR: 16
The Captains showcased their offensive prowess in their 49-28 win over Sherando in the Virginia Class 4 postseason’s second round.
Next: Saturday vs. Kettle Run, 1 p.m.
17. South County (11-1) LR: 17
Senior Miles Greer intercepted two passes in the Stallions’ 48-28 win over West Springfield in the Virginia Class 6 postseason’s second round.
Next: Saturday at No. 10 Fairfax, 1 p.m.
18. Broadneck (10-1) LR: 18
The Bruins showcased their strong offense to Montgomery County in their 39-7 win over Churchill.
Next: Friday vs. No. 4 Quince Orchard, 7 p.m.
19. Episcopal (7-2) LR: 19
Senior Buom Jock was named Interstate Athletic Conference player of the year.
20. Patriot (11-1) LR: Not ranked
The Prince William County team beat Colonial Forge, 49-21, in the Virginia Class 6 postseason’s second round.
Next: Saturday at No. 5 Freedom (Woodbridge), 1 p.m.
Dropped out: No. 20 Atholton
On the bubble: Arundel, Calvert, Centreville, Madison, Patuxent