Top high school football teams in the DMV ahead of playoffs

The DMV serves as a breeding ground for some of the top student-athletes in the nation. 

Whether public, public charter or private school, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are home to a bevy of prominent high school football programs.

The playoffs are upon us and as some teams seek to survive and advance, others will hit the field for the last time this season, before ultimately turning in their equipment.

For the top teams in the DMV, anything less than a championship will be a disappointment.

FOX 5 is tracking the premiere teams in the region. 

Top 5 high school football teams 

  1. Quince Orchard (9-0)                                     Week 10 Result: BYEThe Quince Orchard Cougars had a first-round bye in the Maryland 4A playoffs. Their time off was a result of the stellar season the Cougars put forth; not only was Quince Orchard 9-0, but of those 9 victories, 6 came against teams that were ranked in the Fox 5 Top 25, i.e. the Cougars played arguably the toughest public school schedule in the DMV.  
  2. Good Counsel (8-1)                                            Week 10 Result: Defeated Bishop McNamara, 24-0                                             The Falcons are flying high after another decisive victory, this one over a gritty Mustangs squad. In all, Good Counsel has won 8 consecutive games, including a regular season sweep of their WCAC opponents. If Good Counsel can add two more ‘W’s’ to their docket and end the season conference champions, it will be hard to not rank them number 1. 
  3. Freedom (9-0)                                                                                           Week 10 Result: Defeated St. Michael the Archangel, 65-20                                                                                                   The young men from Woodbridge scored 60 or more points for the 7th consecutive game, a feat that is nearly unheard of and make no mistake about it, I believe them to be the most talented public school in the DMV and perhaps the best. However, their strength of schedule leaves a lot to be desired. In 9 games, Freedom has only played three teams with winning records. The Eagles will have a chance to change that with potential match-ups with Mountain View and Battlefield on the horizon. 
  4. DeMatha (8-1)                                                         Week 10 Result: BYE                                                            The Stags were idle in the final week of the regular season as they prepared for their first-round match-up with St. John’s. The last time these teams met, DeMatha won in overtime.     
  5. Wise (8-1)                                                             Week 10 Result: BYE                                           Coach DaLawn Parrishs’ top-seeded Pumas had a bye in the first round of the Maryland 4A playoffs. They will return to action this Friday.

Top 25 high school football teams

6. Flowers

9-1, defeated Bladensburg, 63-0 | Next, Eleanor Roosevelt

7. North Point 

10-0, defeated Crofton, 49-0 | Next, Great Mills

8. Battlefield

10-0, defeated Patriot, 26-23 | Next, Patriot

9. Oakdale

10-0, defeated North Hagerstown, 57-12 | Next, Sherwood

10. Tuscarora

10-0, defeated Broad Run, 49-21 | Next, BYE

11. Douglass

9-1, defeated Friendly, 22-7 | Next, Patuxent

12. Friendship

8-2, defeated Riverdale Baptist, 18-7 | Next, BYE

13. South Lakes

10-0, defeated Westfield, 28-24 | Next, Yorktown

14. Blake

9-0, BYE | Next, Whitman

15. Madison

8-1, defeated Centreville, 38-0 | Next, Langley

16. South County

8-2, defeated West Potomac, 32-17 | Next, West Potomac

17. Linganore

9-1, defeated Rockville, 63-6 | Next, Manchester Valley

18. Maret

8-1, BYE | Next, BYE

19. Gaithersburg

7-1, defeated Clarksburg, 21-6 | Next, Churchill

20. Churchill

8-1, defeated Richard Montgomery, 41-12 | Next, Gaithersburg

21. Lake Braddock

8-2, defeated Robinson, 37-7 | Next, Mount Vernon

22. Gonzaga

6-4, defeated by St. John’s, 23-20 (OT) | Next, Good Counsel

23. Dunbar

7-2, defeated Roosevelt, 36-7 | Next, TBD

24. Stone Bridge

6-4, defeated Riverside, 51-7 | Next, BYE

25. Briar Woods

7-3 defeated by Independence, 9-6 | Next, BYE

Receiving Consideration

26. Saint John's

5-4, defeated Gonzaga, 23-20 (OT) | Next, DeMatha

27. Bishop McNamara

6-3, defeated by DeMatha, 33-0 | Next, Good Counsel

28. Northwest

8-2, defeated Seneca Valley, 36-0 | Next, Quince Orchard

29. Georgetown Prep

7-2, defeated St. Albans | Next, Bullis

30. Walter Johnson

8-2, defeated High Point, 61-12 | Next, Blair


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