Good Counsel’s Stefon Diggs (left) (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)
Favorite: Good Counsel (10-2)

Falcons are well-stocked for a third straight league title.

Contenders: DeMatha (9-3), St. John’s (5-6)

Stags have a new coach but just seven starters back; Cadets hope to get into title mix.

Dark horse: Carroll (6-4)

Lions bring back many key players, including RB Jonathan Haden.

Around the league

There remains a dominant team atop the region’s top private school league, but it no longer is DeMatha, which had won seven consecutive league titles. Now, with 15 players already holding scholarship offers, Good Counsel is seeking its third consecutive WCAC championship. The Falcons are led by All-Met WR-DB Stefon Diggs, and their offense will be boosted by RB Wes Brown, an elite prospect who missed most of last season with an ankle injury. . . . DeMatha, meantime, has a new coach (Elijah Brooks) and many new players, with just seven returning starters. The Stags are led by imposing TE-DEs Michael Moore(Virginia) and Brent Wilkerson(Penn State). . . . St. John’s has long struggled to compete with the area’s powers, but the addition of QB Ben Onett (Temple) and LB Devin Williams(a sophomore committed to Stanford) could push the Cadets back toward the top. . . . Carroll nearly qualified for the WCAC playoffs last season and brings back many key players, including RB Jonathan Haden, QB-WR Jarid Brown, OL Derrick Nelson (Rutgers) and TE-DE E.J. Norris(Connecticut). . . . Gonzaga averaged 36 points per game last regular season but must replace All-Met QB Kevin Hogan and find four new starters on the offensive line. The Eagles have talented skill players led by RB Duane McKelvin and WRs Brady Malone and Davon Graves, who combined for 63 catches for 1,025 yards last season. . . . O’Connell interim coach Tony Green takes over after the death of Steve Trimble at age 53. The Knights bring back five starters on offense and six on defense and will play their home games this season at Wakefield High while artificial turf is installed in their stadium. . . . McNamara took its lumps last season, going 0-10. But the Mustangs have 17 starters returning, including junior QB Milan Collins and sophomore OL-DL Damian Prince (6-5, 315), who already holds scholarship offers from Maryland and Syracuse.

— Josh Barr