Favorite: Douglass (8-3)
The Eagles are loaded, experienced, and hungry after being bounced by rival Gwynn Park last season. Junior quarterback Devin Butler has been starting since his freshman season, has led the Eagles to the 2A state title game once already, and will be surrounded by size on the offensive line and speed at the skill positions. Amir Fenwick and Quinton Jordan are Division I-caliber players on the defensive line and in the secondary, respectively. They’ll serve as the anchors of a defense that can match up with anyone in the county.
It’s tough to pick against coach Danny Hayes and Gwynn Park, which knocked off Douglass twice on the way to the 2A South title game last season. The Yellow Jackets will have new faces at quarterback and at key places on defense, but have plenty of players with game experience to elevate to those roles. Kimothy Bynum and Davonte Young are big, agile outside options in the receiving game who will test opposing secondaries and create matchup problems in the red zone. . . . After an historically strong season in 2013, Surrattsville returns almost all its key pieces and may be ready to go further. Running back Amaru Major rushed for more than 2,000 yards on often slippery Prince George’s County fields, and three starters from the offensive line that cleared the way last year are back and bigger. Quarterback Robert Harris III is earning Football Championship Subdivision interest after tossing 15 touchdowns last year. He’ll once again have plenty of receiving options. . . .
Forestville pushed Surrattsville to the brink in their midseason matchup last year, and the Knights are always formidable, despite having one of the county’s smallest teams in terms of numbers. If they can stay healthy, the Knights have plenty of speed to keep up with the conference’s best and strong returning defenders in Larry Powell, Marcel Toran, and two-way lineman Antoine McCray. . . . Friendly has a new coaching staff and talent to work with, particularly in receiving threats Isaiah Ryans and Ryan Bell. . . . As usual, Potomac is loaded with talent and will push the county’s top teams each week. Maryland commit Keiron Howard, preseason All-Met pick Kesean Strong, and rising recruiting star David Rose lead a corps of speedy and experienced players hoping to turn the close results that went against them last year into wins in 2014.
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