Johnston High School stayed at number 5 in the latest Rhode Island High School Football Media Poll following a 26-6 victory on the road at Coventry on Oct. 5.
Evan Hopson caught a 20-yard TD pass from Michael Caparco, and three Panthers scored rushing touchdowns, on the way to Johnston's fifth straight win, the Providence Journal reported.
So far this year, Johnston has outscored its opposition 173-18 on the way to a one-game lead in Division II-A.
Johnston's next game is scheduled for Friday night, Oct. 19 at Chariho, followed by JHS Homecoming, Oct. 27, at 1:30 pm against Warwick Veterans High School.
The rest of the top five — La Salle, Hendricken, Cranston East, Portsmouth and Johnston — also remained unchanged this week.
Cumberland moved up one spot, to No. 6, following a convincing 41-6 win against unranked North Kingstown. Division III squad East Greenwich moved up to No. 11 with a 39-21 win against No. 19 Moses Brown.
The full poll:
|Rank||Team||Points||Last Week||Patch #|
|1||La Salle (8)||274||1||2|
|3||Cranston East (1)||254||3||4|
Dropped from the poll: South Kingstown (No. 19) and Coventry (No. 20).
Also receiving votes: Rogers 31, South Kingstown 29, Mt. Hope 26, Coventry 15, Warwick Vets 12, Hope 6, Smithfield 6, Classical 5, Central Falls 1.
There wasn’t much movement in Patch Editor Steve Greenwell's ballot either, except toward the bottom end. Chariho and Shea fell off the ballot after loses, with Rogers (No. 18) and St. Raphael (No. 19) back in the poll.
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