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Passing the torch to new passers

Several of the top high school football teams in the D.C. area head into the season with new quarterbacks taking on major responsibilities.

Top area story lines for 2014

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Coaches in new places, high-profile linemen, tougher schedules and added parity are among the story lines to watch this fall.

The Post preseason Top 20

FOOTBALL PREVIEW | Centreville starts the 2014 campaign where it ended 2013: atop The Post’s rankings.

Montgomery 4A West preview

Montgomery 4A West preview

Defending Maryland 4A state champs Northwest return as the favorite, but Quince Orchard and Clarksburg should also be in the mix.

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

Montgomery 3A/Indep. preview

After losing only three starters from last year’s 9-2 team, Damascus is the favorite, but could be pushed by Seneca Valley.

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A preview

Rivals Douglass and Gwynn Park should once again contend for the Maryland 2A South title while Surrattsville looks to build on a 2013 full of firsts.

SMAC preview

SMAC preview

Defending Md. 2A state finalist Patuxent looks for an encore behind QB Tyler Crounse while Huntingtown, Lackey and Westlake should all factor into the race.

Anne Arundel preview

Anne Arundel preview

Offense is always a strength in this league, and Arundel returns several key playmakers in its high-octane attack. Old Mill, Meade and Broadneck should push the Wildcats.

IAC preview

IAC preview

Devonte Williams and Dwayne Haskins Jr. are part of a talented backfield on a Bullis team that won its last nine games of 2013.

DCIAA Stripes preview

DCIAA Stripes preview

Inaugural Gravy Bowl champion McKinley Tech is back to defend its title and prove it can compete with larger schools in the District.

WALDORF, MD - August 20: Head coach, Avery Williams gathers his team together during a St. Charles High School football practice on August 20, 2014. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Rock Ridge, St. Charles join the fray

One school is in Ashburn, the other Waldorf, but the Phoenix and Spartans face similar tests as they start their football programs from scratch.

Virginia Conference 6 preview

Virginia Conference 6 preview

Hayfield has a new coach in Eric Henderson, giving the Hawks a strong chance in a conference race with Langley, McLean, Yorktown and others.

Virginia Conference 7 preview

Virginia Conference 7 preview

A.J. Alexander and Lake Braddock should be strong again with Kyle Edwards taking over at quarterback for graduated 2013 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Caleb Henderson.

Virginia Conference 8 preview

Virginia Conference 8 preview

After reaching the playoffs in their second year, the Pioneers have a deeper run in mind. Battlefield and Stonewall Jackson remain solid.

Virginia Conference 13 preview

Virginia Conference 13 preview

A host of contenders is led by Falls Church, which returns 10 starters from a team that gave the program its first playoff berth in 30 years.

Virginia Conference 14 preview

Virginia Conference 14 preview

WR Brandon Polk and TE Mark Birmingham are back for Briar Woods, which has a new primary quarterback for the first time in four years.

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New high schools work to build football foundations

Rock Ridge and St. Charles open this fall, but both football practice is already well underway.

First-year coach gives Avalon football a new look

Several talented transfers have followed Tyree Spinner, who was let go by Wootton last year, to the small, all-boys private school.

A kayaking community on the Potomac River

For nearly four decades, the Potomac River has provided a breeding ground for top-level competitive kayakers.

T.C. Williams wins 6A state championship game 2-0 over Washington-Lee

Eryk Williamson, Ashenafi Desta both scored goals

Battlefield wins 6A girls’ soccer final in penalty kicks

Bobcats hold off Centreville in penaltist for 0-0 (4-3) win and the team’s first state title.

Westfield takes Virginia 6A state crown

In Sunday’s rematch of the Virginia 6A North regional title game, the Bulldogs hold on to top Oakton, 13-11.

Woodgrove cruises to Virginia 5A championship

The Wolverines defeat Loudoun Valley, 15-1 in Sunday’s Virginia 5A championship game at Lake Braddock High School.

Lake Braddock falls in 6A semifinal

Cosby defeated the No. 3 Bruins, 2-1, in the semifinal of the state tournament.

Stone Bridge baseball loses in Virginia 5A semifinals

The Bulldogs are eliminated from the state tournament by Hickory, 9-1, in the semifinals.

Broad Run heads to Virginia 5A final

Sammy Sergi scored two goals as Broad Run defeated Hickory, 4-0, in Saturday’s Virginia 5A semifinal game at Lake Braddock.

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Ferrick ready to start at quarterback for Centreville

Ferrick ready to start at quarterback for Centreville

The Wildcats' Joe Ferrick has only his senior season to prove himself at the quarterback position, but he has the added pressure of starting for a team that went undefeated and won the Virginia 6A state title in 2013.
Top Plays returns for third football season

Top Plays returns for third football season

Host B.J. Koubaroulis introduces Top Plays for the 2014 football season and explains how to submit video for consideration.
Previewing Loudoun County football

Previewing Loudoun County football

Host Jessica Honesty and Tariq Lee preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Loudoun County area.
Previewing Washington, D.C., football

Previewing Washington, D.C., football

Host Jessica Honesty and Tariq Lee preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Washington, D.C., area.
Previewing CAFC and IAC football

Previewing CAFC and IAC football

Host Jessica Honesty and Chelsea Janes preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Capital Area Football Conference and Interstate Athletic Conference.
Previewing Montgomery County football

Previewing Montgomery County football

Host Jessica Honesty and Chelsea Janes preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Montgomery County area.
Previewing Prince George's County football

Previewing Prince George's County football

Host Jessica Honesty and Chelsea Janes preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Prince George's County area.
Previewing WCAC football

Previewing WCAC football

Host Jessica Honesty and Brandon Parker preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
Previewing Northern Virginia football

Previewing Northern Virginia football

Host Jessica Honesty and Brandon Parker preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Northern Virginia area.
Surrattsville takes on Eleanor Roosevelt in preseason scrimmage

Surrattsville takes on Eleanor Roosevelt in preseason scrimmage

The Hornets faced the Raiders as they both looked to establish themselves before the season starts.

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McNamara looks to break through

CAMP COUNTDOWN | With 13 transfers and a slew of offensive playmakers, the Mustangs have their sights set on their first WCAC playoff berth since 2009.

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