Football preview: SMAC

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post - Running back Marquel Dickerson and North Point are poised to make plenty of noise in the SMAC this fall.

Buy This Photo

Favorite: North Point (7-3)

The Eagles will be young on defense but return a core group on offense including tight end Marquise Watts (Temple), running back Marquel Dickerson and junior Brandon Battle at quarterback.



Host B.J. Koubaroulis and Roman Stubbs preview the high school football season in the state of Maryland.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis and Roman Stubbs preview the high school football season in the state of Maryland.

Contenders: Huntingtown (12-2); McDonough (9-2); Patuxent (8-3)

Around the league: Huntingtown lost 26 seniors and brings back only two offensive starters. Seniors DL Dalonte Holland and LB Austin Kline will lead the 3A state runner-up on defense and RB Arnez Bowens charted 1,369 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in 2012. . . . McDonough’s only conference loss last year was to Patuxent and former North Point assistant Ryan Gick is the new head coach. . . . RB Rafiq Douglas is expected to be at full strength for Patuxent after a knee injury in last year’s 2A South region final. . . . Coach Rick Sneade led Calvert (6-4) to its best record in 11 years and returns seven starters on defense and first team all-conference lineman Austin Long. . . . Nearly all of the starting skill position players at Lackey (3-7) played significant snaps last year. Senior Delondo Boyd will play multiple positions on offense and is being recruited as a safety by Fordham. . . . Chopticon (2-8) will rely on an experienced junior class after entering 2012 with one returning starter on offense and ending with the Braves’ worst record in nine years. . . . La Plata ’s new Coach Seth Pettit looks to a “whistle-to-whistle” mentality and halfback Jvon Simmons to improve on last year’s 1-9 finish. . . . Westlake (8-4) has lost to rival Huntingtown in the 3A South region final the last four years. . . . Thomas Stone (4-6) and RB Trey Lee and WR Jeff Thomas could benefit from the speed of junior Juwaun Briscoe, who sat out last season but was a state indoor track finalist in the 300 meters and a starter his freshman year. . . . Darren DeMeio takes over at Northern (4-6) where four-year varsity player Taylor Wagner will return at quarterback.

Read what others are saying