2012 high school football preview

The Post’s Top 20: Preseason football rankings

Last year’s final ranking in parentheses.

1 } Good Counsel 12-0 (1)

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Host B.J. Koubaroulis and The Post’s Paul Tenorio discuss the area’s top returning recruits and top football teams as they enter the 2012 high school football season. Video and highlights of Good Counsel stars Kendall Fuller, Dorian O’Daniel, Stone Bridge’s Ryan Burns and Jonathan Allen, Lake Braddock’s Caleb Henderson, Friendship Collegiate’s Jalen Tabor and Jonathan Haden, Hylton’s E.J. Levenberry and many more.

Host B.J. Koubaroulis and The Post’s Paul Tenorio discuss the area’s top returning recruits and top football teams as they enter the 2012 high school football season. Video and highlights of Good Counsel stars Kendall Fuller, Dorian O’Daniel, Stone Bridge’s Ryan Burns and Jonathan Allen, Lake Braddock’s Caleb Henderson, Friendship Collegiate’s Jalen Tabor and Jonathan Haden, Hylton’s E.J. Levenberry and many more.

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Three-time defending WCAC champion returns 15 starters, including All-Mets Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech) and Dorian O’Daniel and boasts eight seniors with BCS scholarship offers.

2 } Hylton 11-1 (11)

Brimming with BCS prospects, including All-Met linebacker E.J. Levenberry (Florida State), the Bulldogs are aiming not so much for a third consecutive unbeaten regular season but a Virginia AAA Division 6 title.

3 } S. Bridge 10-2 (15)

Bulldogs return two-time All-Met DL Jonathan Allen (Alabama) and Stanford-bound QB Ryan Burns off team whose string of six straight Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 5 championship appearances was snapped last season.

4 } Q. Orchard 13-1 (3)

Maryland 4A finalist Cougars have stout defense headed by linebackers Marcus Newby (Nebraska) and Tyrell Williams and might still be smarting from giving up three-touchdown lead in overtime loss in Maryland 4A final last year.

5 } Fr. Collegiate 9-1 (7)

Transfer RB Jonathan Haden and CB Jalen Tabor, two of the most coveted recruits in the area, lead a highly potent squad that has become an emerging power.

6 } Suitland 10-2 (20)

All-Met WR Taivon Jacobs (Ohio State) returns for an offense that averaged 36.4 points last regular season in advancing to the Maryland 4A South Region final.

7 } L. Braddock 7-5 (NR)

Touted junior QB Caleb Henderson transfers in from West Potomac, making the Bruins the favorite to win their third Division 6 Northern Region title in four years.

8 } Battlefield 10-3 (9)

The Bobcats, 54-9 the past five seasons, aim for a fourth straight Virginia AAA Division 6 state playoff berth behind lineman Brandon Dukeman and linebacker Nick Newman.

9 } DeMatha 6-4 (NR)

DeMatha’s streak of 14 straight WCAC final appearances ended last season in what was considered a rebuilding year, but the young Stags, led on defense by LB Spencer Kleinrichert, will be formidable.

10 } C.H. Flowers 9-4 (13)

Jaguars advanced to state semifinals for first time last season and, thanks to a solid defense and a pair of swift wideouts, are again set to contend in Maryland 4A.

11 } Old Mill 14-0 (2)

Defending Maryland 4A champion should be contenders again despite the graduation of All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Rob Chesson, who scored a state-record 49 touchdowns last season.

12 } Briar Woods 14-1 (6)

Two-time defending Virginia AA Division 4 champions return 12 starters, including LB/TE Matt Rolin (South Carolina) and TE/LB Cam Serigne (Wake Forest).

13 } Westfield 12-1 (5)

Although they graduated more than 40 seniors, the Bulldogs remain a favorite atop the Virginia AAA Concorde District, perhaps the top public school league in the area.

14 } Gonzaga 8-4 (NR)

Defending WCAC runner-up, with five league wins last year by eight points or fewer, return Notre Dame-bound DB Devin Butler.

15 } River Hill 12-2 (8)

Senior RBs Evan Griffin and Stephan Osong lead the push for a repeat Maryland 3A title for the Hawks, who closed last season with 10 straight wins.

16 } Chantilly 6-5 (NR)

Chargers return QB Sonny Romine and RB DeAndre Harris and some consider them the early-season favorite for the Concorde District title, ahead of Westfield.

17 } St. John’s 4-6 (NR)

Could be this be the breakthrough year for the Cadets, who gave up a league-low 28 points to Good Counsel last season?

18 } Patuxent 9-2 (NR)

SMAC tri-champions in 2011, the Panthers return 16 starters including dual-threat senior QB Trey Lee.

19 } Damascus 9-3 (NR)

Swarmin’ Hornets will try to earn their 15th straight Maryland state playoff appearance behind WR/LB Zach Bradshaw (Virginia).

20 } Seneca Val. 9-2 (NR)

Senior RB James Jones-Williams and junior WR Kevin Joppy give the 12-time Maryland state champion Eagles plenty of big-play potential.

Bubble teams

Wise (9-2) , Centreville (13-2), Oakton (8-3)

 
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