Favorite: Falls Church (8-4)
Following their first playoff berth in three decades, the Jaguars return 10 starters to build on their success. After going 5-25 in the previous three years, Falls Church put together one of its best seasons in recent history, including a playoff win on its home field. The Jaguars no longer have all-state wide receiver Jordan Coneys, but the confidence built from last season, along with the skills of offensive lineman Kendall Trautz, versatile playmaker Will Mejia and linebacker Daniel Diaz, have brought high hopes to the 2014 season.
Around the league: Edison must fill the void left by quarterback Harrison Dandridge, but several options are at the Eagles’ disposal. There’s Moses Kamara, who rushed for 11 touchdowns as just a freshman, and Damien Jones Jr. , who led the team with 756 receiving yards and six scores. . . . Wakefield’s Riley Wilson enters his second season at quarterback with lots of support in rusher Leon Young and four returning starters on the offensive line. Last season’s 3-7 record marked the Warriors’ highest win total since 2008, and with linebacker Kevin Greenwell leading a defense boasting six returning starters, there’s potential for more growth. . . .
The start of the season could be an uphill battle for Mount Vernon as it learns to adjust without graduated offensive standouts Brandon Maturey and Carlton Griffith. State champion wrestler Bill Adusei-Poku will work to fill Griffith’s shoes, along with Joshua McGrigg at wide receiver and Nana Asumadu on the offensive and defensive lines. . . . Jefferson will transition to a new head coach (Mark Travis) following the retirement of Ken Kincaid and a new quarterback in Nick Lemanski, who shifts over from the wide receiver and defensive back positions. . . . Stuart quarterback Michael Bickerton and Lee wide receiver/defensive back Jonathan Walters are players to watch.
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