For the Record

Coach: Dominic Zacarrelli, 11th season

Record: 83-26

Returning starters: 4 on offense, 5 on defense

Past five seasons: 39-16, three playoff appearances (1999, 2001, 2003)

The Breakdown

In addition to the strong defensive line, senior Joe Neal has solidified the linebacking crew, and there may not be a better pair of cornerbacks than junior Pha'Terrell Washington and Northwestern transfer Javon Fleming.

Senior Derrell Jones can't give all his effort to the defense. He is the lone returning starter on the offensive line, even though four other seniors will start. Senior quarterback Buck Smith, a three-year starter, should be a calming influence for the line.

Washington looked brilliant as the Wolverines' No. 2 rusher last season, totaling 1,019 yards and averaging nearly 10 per carry. He also returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns, showing that he is a game-breaking threat every time he touches the ball.

Fleming will also get some carries, but whoever is carrying the ball will have junior Aaris Reed in front of him. Reed had a growth spurt over the summer and now looks like the ideal fullback.

While other programs have played for state championships (Thomas Stone, Patuxent and Lackey), and one even won it (Calvert in 2000), no other SMAC team comes close to matching Westlake's consistency the past decade. In the 10 seasons since the program started playing a full varsity schedule, the Wolverines have never had a losing season and only twice have failed to win at least eight games.