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Good Counsel finishes No. 1 in Maryland

After Week 10, little did we know that the top four was virtually set.
For the first time in the 23-year history of the Maryland Media High School Football State Poll, the teams ranked 1, 2, 3 and 4 after Week 10 all ended up winning championships and holding those same positions in the final ranking of the season.
WCAC champ Good Counsel collected every first-place vote to finish out a second straight state No. 1 ranking. MIAA A champ Gilman gathered every second-place vote en route to a No. 2 finish. The swing result was Good Counsel's 20-19 overtime win over Gilman early in the season.
Class 4A champ Wise ended at No. 3, followed by Class 3A champ River Hill at No. 4. DeMatha, which gave Good Counsel a run for the WCAC crown, ended up fifth, followed by Middletown, Calvert Hall, Quince Orchard, Westminster and Huntingtown.
The main reason why the top four from past Week 10 rankings have never all gone on to win championships and hold that order is due largely to matchups. Historically, the top four has been comprised of multiple teams from either the WCAC, MIAA, Class 4A or Class 3A -- guaranteeing that some team would lose. Such was not the case in 2012 with four teams from different leagues and classes.
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Maryland Media High School
Football State Poll
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 -- FINAL
POLL

Compiled by Sheldon Shealer.
The poll is based on a state-wide voting of sports reporters.
Schools are ranked by points
received. The number in parenthesis reflects first-place votes. LW is last year's
final ranking.

Rk.
School
Record
Points
LW
Last Week's Result
2012 Accomplishment
1.
Good Counsel (12)
11-1
300
1
did not play
WCAC champion
2.
Gilman
9-2
288
2
did not play
MIAA A champion
3.
Wise
14-0
274
3
def. Quince Orchard, 12-7
Class 4A state champion
4.
River Hill
14-0
259
4
def. Huntingtown, 18-14
Class 3A state champion
5.
DeMatha
9-3
248
7
did not play
WCAC runner-up
6.
Middletown
14-0
241
11
def. Douglass-PG, 30-12
Class 2A state champion
7.
Calvert Hall
9-3
226
8
did not play
MIAA A runner-up
8.
Quince Orchard
12-2
221
10
lost to Wise, 12-7
Class 4A state runner-up
9.
Westminster
12-1
206
12
did not play
Class 4A state semifinalist
10.
Huntingtown
12-2
185
16
lost to River Hill, 18-14
Class 3A state runner-up
11.
St. Paul's
11-0
162
17
did not play
MIAA B champion
12.
Dunbar
13-1
151
15
def. New Town, 39-0
Class 1A state champion
13.
Walkersville
10-2
149
14
did not play
Class 2A region runner-up
14.
Urbana
9-4
141
20
did not play
Class 3A state semifinalist
15.
Damascus
10-1
117
5
did not play
Class 3A region semifinalist
16.
Seneca Valley
10-2
104
9
did not play
Class 3A region runner-up
17.
Douglass-PG
12-2
103
NR
lost to Middletown, 30-12
Class 2A state runner-up
18.
Milford Mill
11-2
96
NR
did not play
Class 3A state semifinalist
19.
Franklin
10-2
81
13
did not play
Class 3A region runner-up
20.
Meade
10-3
77
NR
did not play
Class 4A state semifinalist
21.
Arundel
10-1
70
6
did not play
Class 4A region semifinalist
22.
Atholton
10-2
60
NR
did not play
Class 3A region runner-up
23.
Gwynn Park
10-2
32
24
did not play
Class 2A region runner-up
24.
Old Mill
9-3
28
NR
did not play
Class 4A region runner-up
25.
Suitland
10-2
21
22
did not play
Class 4A region runner-up


OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Northwestern-PG (9-1*,
20 points), Patuxent (8-3, 11), South River (8-3, 7), Edmondson (11-2, 4), Sherwood
(8-3, 4), McDonough (9-2, 4), North Point (7-3, 3), Westlake (8-3, 2), St. Frances
Academy (10-0, 2), Frederick (7-3, 1), New Town (11-3, 1), Perryville (12-1, 1).

* - Record reflects onfield results
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