Favorite: Suitland (10-2).
All-Met senior wideout Taivon Jacobs, who orally committed to Ohio State this summer, and senior running back Anthony Squire return to lead the Rams’ high-octane offense.
Best rivalry: Suitland offense vs. C.H. Flowers defense. Last season, only one team held Suitland’s offense — which averaged 32.7 points per game — to fewer than 20 points. Flowers did it twice, including when the Jaguars upset Suitland in the playoffs, 14-7.
Players to watch: WR Taivon Jacobs, Suitland (5-11, 175, Sr.); RB Chase Powell, Wise (5-7, 165, Sr.); WR Larry Smith, C.H. Flowers (6-1, 180, Sr.); RB Anthony Squire, Suitland (5-8, 195, Sr.); RB Darius Victor, Northwestern (5-8, 195, Sr.).
Favorite: Douglass (11-3)
The Eagles return plenty of firepower, led by Tennessee-bound wide receiver Paul Harris, after making their first state title game appearance in more than three decades.
The Eagles make the short drive down Crain Highway this year to meet the Yellow Jackets in a matchup of perennial league contenders.
Players to watch: QB Jay Adams, Gwynn Park (5-11, 175, Jr.); RB/DB Daniel Cary, Friendly (5-10, 185, Sr.); WR/DB Andre Dalton, Forestville (5-11, 170, Sr.); WR/DB Xavier Ducksworth, Gwynn Park (6-4, 210, Sr.); WR/DB Paul Harris, Douglass (6-5, 200, Sr.); LB/QB Matthew Paul, Douglass (5-9, 190, Sr.); RB/LB Marcus Pickens, Potomac (6-0, 220, Sr.); LB/OL Dajuan Randall, Surrattsville (5-10, 185, Sr.); WR/DB Malik Scott, Largo (6-1, 180, Sr.).
Favorite: Good Counsel (12-0)
Best rivalry: Good Counsel vs. DeMatha
The teams have met in five of the past six WCAC finals and have combined to win 11 of the past 12 titles. Gonzaga (2002) is the only other team to win a WCAC championship since 2000.
Players to watch: DB Devin Butler, Gonzaga (6-1, 180, Sr.); DB Kendall Fuller, Good Counsel (6-0, 185, Sr.); LB Spencer Kleinrichert, DeMatha (6-3, 220, Jr.); RB Dorian O’Daniel, Good Counsel (6-2, 205, Sr.); Damian Prince, McNamara (6-7, 300, Jr.).