Coach: Steve Crounse, fourth season
Region: 2A South
Past five seasons: 37-17, two playoff appearances
Starters back: Three on offense, four on defense
A year after the Panthers made the playoffs for only the second time, they drop from the 4A East Region to the 2A South. They suffered a bigger drop on offense with the graduation of quarterback Delonte Janey, the All-Extra offensive player of the year.
The entire offense ran through Janey, and the Panthers do not expect to have anyone who can play a similar role this season. Senior Adam Colvin will take over under center and will need his backfield of senior Robert McClain and junior Brian Turner -- both of whom lack much ball-carrying experience -- to make the offense go.
Although it wasn't a very big team last season, Patuxent lost much of whatever size it had. Senior Tracy Goodwin, though, at 5 feet 8, 220 pounds, is surprisingly agile and pursues well at nose tackle. Lining up next to him is senior Philip Jack, a state-qualifying 215-pound wrestler.
Middle linebacker Steven Sanders also returns. McClain figures to play safety, given that that would be his likely position in college. But it remains to be seen how much Patuxent can afford to play him there while still giving him the bulk of the ball-handling on offense.
Even though enrollment is down a lot from two years ago because of Huntingtown's opening, Patuxent had 34 freshmen join the program this season. Because the sophomore class is small, the freshmen will move up and make up the majority of the Panthers' junior varsity team.
at Lackey, 7
La Plata, 7
at Great Mills, 7
at Huntingtown, 7
at McDonough, 7
at Northern, 7
won at Huntingtown, 27-16
lost at Westlake, 24-31
lost to T. Stone, 7-21
lost to McDonough, 33-34
won at La Plata, 41-13
lost to Northern, 21-24
won at Leonardtown, 26-0
won at Chopticon, 44-22
defeated Great Mills, 53-7
won at Calvert, 45-20
lost vs. Broadneck (Md. 4A East semis), 8-37