Experience will be the key this fall as Episcopal strives to defend its football title in the Interstate Athletic Conference.
Episcopal, with all-IAC wide receiver Chris Giblin, the league's leading receiver last year, and all-IAC free safety Howard Holley (10 interceptions last year), the Maroons have an excellent chance of repeating in the IAC.
Episcopal Coach Joe Robinson will utilize the talents of quarterbacks Reggie Howell and Brett Strachan. Although neither quarterbacked last year, both appear qualified to handle the position.
Howell (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) was scheduled to start for T.C. Williams this year until he transferred to Episcopal, and Strachan, although a novice in actual game experience, is said by Robinson to have "the best arm I have ever coached."
Other team support will be found in kicker Robert MacKnight, who hit field goals from beyond 45 yards last year, tackleback Charles Jones and captain Murray Williams, who according to Robinson, is "a very effective and aggressive guard on both offense and defense."
Georgetown Prep (6-3 last year) should challenge. Of last year's starting eight-man front, the Little Hoyas return seven, the biggest being 6-4, 240-pound senior tackle Mike O'Hara. Also back is senior captain David Rubino (6-1, 220), end Christian Bonat and Tim Kirlin, starting for his third year at defensive half.
Offensively, Prep returns Jeff Adams, who played back-up quarterback last fall.
Bullis (3-5-1) returns its starting quarterback. Coming off of a 1,000-yard passing season with an almost 50 percent completion rate, junior Brendon Friedman again will lead the Bulldogs'
Senior Andy Pompei will play both fullback and linebacker. Pompei rushed for over 600 yards in the first six games of last year's season before suffering an injury. Other returning seniors Tim Almany and Winnie Wheeler who both playwide receivers and defensive secondary positions.
Ground speed -- both offensive and defensive -- will be the key to success for St. Albans (5-2-2). Senior Toni Robinson, injured last season, and junior Pete Wilensky are not only fast, but "the best running backs that I have ever had," said coach Dick Allanson.
Defensively, the speed of junior Laron Batchelor will be a strong factor, Last year, he rushed last year for 520 yards in three straight games, 220 yards versus Georgetown Prep. Up front on offense, two big linemen return: junior Brad Collins (six-foot five, 245 pounds) and senior Dave Mohler (six-foot six, 250 pounds).
Landon is looking at a developing and building year. The Bears (6-2-1) have graduated 21 seniors. Senior fullback Doug Briskman (6-2, 185) returns along with tailback Herb Toler, in his fourth varsity year; junior running back Bill Yancey, ; senior guard Billy Johnston,, seniors tackle Will Smith and and center Ed Hall.
St. Stephen's (5-4) has back on offensive only junior flanker Eric Jurgensen. Leading the defense is all-IAC end, junior Orsen Williams and seniors Brian Ellis at nose guard and linebacker Kevin Kirkbride.
Sidwell Friends has an impressive defense. Senior co-captain linebacker Terri Williams was one of the leading tacklers in the IAC last year, with 113 assisted and unassisted tackles in nine games. More support should be expected from cocaptain Chris Brown, a defensive back and all-IAC tackle David Williams.
In the Tri-State league, Riverdale Baptist (3-8) will rely onsophomore Dale London (6-0, 287) at right tackle and junior Jim Dean (6-0, 230 at guard.
Model (8-1-1) has an experienced offensive line. Returning are left guard Gary Audet, right guard Todd Greene and center Paul Tompkins. Quarterback John Werner also returns.
Defensive strengths will come from. tackle Earl Morris and back John Werner.