Rankings updated 1/20
1. Paul VI (17-3)–Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. We thought a new number one might be in order after O’Connell beat PVI, but the Panthers’ body of work keeps them at #1.
2. O’Connell (14-3)–We can’t overstate the importance of O’Connell’s road win over PVI from its perspective. The Knights had 27 straight losses to the Panthers before Friday. Season series over but good bet the teams meet again.
3. Madison (16-0)–Stay undefeated, drop down a spot in the poll. Warhawks could easily be our #1 but still, that’s just the way it goes sometimes. Escaped with the 42-39 victory at then-#6 Chantilly, now atop the Concorde.
4. Bishop Ireton (8-10)–Needs a little more consistency. Followed up a huge win over O’Connell with two WCAC losses. Good Counsel is a very good team, but the Cards beat ’em earlier and last week lost by nine to them on their home court. We’ll be at the Cards’ game with PVI this week.
5. Edison (10-4)–Marshall gave ’em a battle, but the Eagles showed they are still the team to beat in the National with a 47-40 win. Aurea Gingras definitely still has lots of upside and that’s scary.
6. W.T. Woodson (13-2)–Many significant games last week, but as significant as any was Woodson’s 21-point road win over #7 West Springfield. Cavs vaulted atop the ultra-competitive Patriot District with that impressive victory.
7. West Springfield (12-3)–Lost to Woodson, but also registered very good wins against West Potomac and South County.
8. South Lakes (11-4)–Lost to Oakton, but really handled the district games that mattered more in McLean and Langley. Arlington Liberty circuit this week with Yorktown and W-L.
9. Chantilly (10-4)–Lost two Concorde toughies to Oakton and Madison. Down one to the Warhawks late had a turnover and a shot rim out. Tough luck, but more chances to come, definitely.
10. Oakton (12-4)–Up nine spots after defeating Chantilly and South Lakes last week. Becoming more efficient on offense, which makes the Cougars very tough to beat.
11. Marshall (10-5)–Pretty good showing in the loss versus Edison. Injuries have provided other players some valuable experience, which might help come playoff time and will definitely help in the long-term.
12. Loudoun Valley (9-0)–Looked pretty good handling a solid Woodgrove team. Another badly-needed test this week versus Tuscarora for early control of the Dulles. Vikings’ depth is key in that one.
13. Langley (9-5)–Lost to South Lakes. At Herndon in a big one before hosting Yorktown this week.
14. West Potomac (11-5)–Lost to West Springfield but far more damaging lost to T.C. Williams to fall behind in the Gunston. No biggie though, Wolverines will get another chance at the solid Titans. Big one versus Hayfield Tuesday.
15. McLean (9-6)–Fell at South Lakes but McLean has a chance to get right back in the Liberty race with five straight home games against the entire district.
16. Osbourn Park (10-4)–Stonewall games tomorrow and a week from tomorrow will be big ones for control of the Cedar Run.
17. Stonewall Jackson (10-4)–Two 10-4 teams on a collision course. Stonewall defensive pressure will decide the game(s)–how many turnovers can the Raiders force against the precision attack of the Jackets?
18. South County (9-5)–An overlooked big win was SoCo over T.C. this week, to keep the Titans out of the rankings. Can South County get over that hump? The Stallions are 2-4 against current Nova Nineteen teams.
19. Forest Park (8-5)–Great week for the Bruins with road wins over Colgan and Woodbridge but little time to celebrate. Sharks, Vikings, and even Potomac still very much alive for the Cardinal crown.
Also Receiving Votes–Colgan (9-4), Episcopal (8-3), Herndon (5-5), T.C. Williams (9-6), Tuscarora (10-3), Hayfield (10-5)