2014 Football preview: IAC

Host Jessica Honesty and Chelsea Janes preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Capital Area Football Conference and Interstate Athletic Conference. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Favorite: Bullis (9-1)

If it weren’t for a season-opening loss to St. John’s last year, the Bulldogs would have been perfect. With most of last year’s talent returning and a few key additions, perfection could be a goal, particularly with no WCAC teams looming on the schedule. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is one of the country’s top talents at that position and is joined in the backfield by talented runner Devonte Williams. On defense, the Bulldogs boast Penn State commit Jonathan Holland and one of last year’s top tacklers in Julian James, and they should be primed for another IAC title run.

Contenders:

Georgetown Prep (4-6), Landon (4-5), Episcopal (5-4)

Georgetown Prep rejoined the IAC for football this year after nearly a decade of independence and should come back with a strong conference season. The Little Hoyas return standout running back Dage Davis, who ran for 1,432 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games in 2013. Tackle David Forney has seen his recruiting stock rise since last season, and he should anchor a strong Little Hoyas line that will have plenty of size. . . . Landon should also compete for a spot near the top of the IAC, returning several key players from a team hurt by injury last year. Leading rusher Colton Rupp is back for the Bears, who will need to replace quarterback Kyle Hartman but return a strong core on defense that includes linebacker Keith Simms, who has been offered by Charlotte and Illinois and has interest from several power conference schools. . . . Episcopal was the IAC runner-up last year, but it lost workhorse rusher Nigel Beckford to graduation. The Maroon returns talented athlete Brian Chase, who’s a threat to score nearly every time he touches the ball, and fellow wide receiver Timmy Phillips, who should ease the loss of 1,500-yard passer Will Hollister to graduation. . . . St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes has the talent to bounce back from an 0-9 season last year and is led on defense by linebacker Isaiah Davis, who emerged as a recruiting target this summer.

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