Coach: Dominic Zaccarelli, 12th season
Region: 3A South
Past five seasons: 40-15, three playoff appearances
Starters back: Five on offense, five on defense
This might be Westlake's most talented team since 2000, when five Wolverines signed Division I scholarships. But that team finished 6-4.
There is little argument throughout the SMAC, however, that Westlake has more talent than any other team and because of that has a bull's-eye on its back. The problem for opponents is simply that there are too many targets.
Aaris Reed and Pha'Terrell Washington make up perhaps the best offensive backfield in the state. They combined to rush for more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. With their college decisions already made -- Reed plans to attend North Carolina, and Washington will go to Maryland -- neither will have that burden looming.
Handing them the ball will be either sophomore Darren Moore, a transfer from Northern, or senior Mike Pegues. Washington could possibly go under center, which would adhere to the rule of putting the ball in the hands of a team's best players. Washington running the option -- with Reed or sophomore speedster Kinard Harris -- could be unstoppable.
After playing in the shadows of a star-studded defensive line last year, Darius Powell committed to North Carolina over the summer. At 6 feet 4 and with terrific speed, he could have a breakout season.
at Leonardtown, 7
at Lackey, 7
at Calvert, 7
La Plata, 7
Great Mills, 7
at Huntingtown, 7
at Patuxent, 7
Thomas Stone, 7
won at Northern, 34-10
defeated Patuxent, 31-24
defeated Calvert, 41-0
won at Chopticon, 48-14
won at Great Mills, 47-8
defeated Huntingtown, 42-0
won at T. Stone, 47-7
defeated La Plata, 27-0
lost at McDonough, 23-3
lost to Lackey, 13-7
defeated Severna Park (Md. 3A South semis), 35-20
lost at Lackey (Md. 3A South final), 21-7