Favorite: Wise (7-4)
Prince George’s 4A is deep and unpredictable, but Wise enters the season with the most proven parts and a formidable recent resume. The Pumas lost anchors Marcus Allen (Penn State) and Micah Till (N.C. State), but have more than enough talent to bounce back from a first-round exit last season. Defensive lineman Trevon Brown (James Madison commit) and Largo transfer Myles Wolfolk bolster a defense with big-play potential to back first-year quarterback Jabari Laws’ loaded offense.
Around the league: Eleanor Roosevelt may be built better than anyone for a deep playoff run. Led by four-star recruit Isaiah Prince, the Raiders boast a big, experienced, and talented offensive line. They also have the running back to make the most of the big holes that line should open up in Mike Mofor, who missed time with an injury last year, but is fielding Bowl Championship Subdivision offers and looks poised for a big year. . . . DuVal is big and young, but returns do-it-all quarterback Antoine Brooks, who threw for 1,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 more. Last year’s 4A South runners-up could be in the mix for a region title again. . . .
Suitland lost all but two starters from last year’s 4A state runner up squad, and the Rams are small and inexperienced — but they were in 2013 and still ended up one win short of a championship. They do have returning weapons in speedy athlete Tevin Singleton and running back Rakeem Darden, who will help whoever wins the competition to replace Wesley Wolfolk under center. . . . Oxon Hill (5-5) could be ready to shake things up at the top. The Clippers had some ups and downs with young players in big roles last season, but junior quarterback/defensive back Anthony Dougherty has speed and talent around him on both sides of the ball. . . . C.H. Flowers (7-4) is always strong, and will likely be near the top of the standings until the end.
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