URBANDALE, Iowa -- The Week 15 National Prep Poll includes Washington-area power Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), a team that's no stranger to the rankings but one that had been unable to get over the hump during the postseason. All that changed Saturday when the Falcons defeated nemesis DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) -- then ranked No. 14 -- 14-7 for their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.
Good Counsel is No. 18 in this week's poll. It is the second time the Falcons have been nationally ranked this season.
There is another Maryland squad in the Top 25 this week as Linganore (Ijamsville) entered the national rankings for the first time. The No. 21 Lancers moved into the Class 3A state semifinals with a 19-0 shutout at then-regionally ranked Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg).