Favorite: Wise (14-0)
Coming off a state championship and two trips to the Maryland 4A state title game in three years, the Pumas’ are once again loaded, and boast a talented roster headlined by Penn State bound DB Marcus Allen and TE Micah Till, who’s headed to N.C. State.
Around the league:
Suitland lost its leading rusher and receiver, but returns QB Wesley Wolfolk, who threw 15 touchdowns in 2012 and rushed for seven more. He’ll have a target in WR Nick Nelson, who’s fielding Football Bowl Subdivision offers. . . . DuVal has a new QB in sophomore Antoine Brooks, who the Tigers hope can facilitate a more balanced attack than they’ll see from their traditionally run-heavy local opponents. DB Jamal Woodland, who’s headed to Toledo, will anchor a solid group of returners on defense. . . . Bowie (4-6) could spoil some seasons under second-year Coach Jae Jackson, whose team lost three games in 2012 by a combined 15 points. They have experienced weapons on offense in junior QB Jordan Green, senior RB Vernon Aziah, and senior WR Mohamed Roberts, and a big presence in the middle of the defense in senior linebacker Josh Scales. . . . Flowers should contend despite losing major defensive pieces to graduation in DBs Keith Payne and Larry Smith and LB Marcus Mack. The defense will rely on LB Bentley Ukonu and CB Roderick Jones. . . . Eleanor Roosevelt (6-4) and Northwestern (7-4) could also find themselves in the mix come late October.