Favorite: Hylton (10-2)

Yet again, the Bulldogs enter the seasons as one area’s top teams and are in search of their fifth straight 10-win season. Hylton no longer has dual-threat quarterback Travon McMillian (2,675 total yards and 23 touchdowns) at its disposal, but Bulldogs Coach Tony Lilly expects his team to remain in the state title hunt, thanks to several other emerging playmakers. Leading the way is lauded recruit and All-Met senior Matt Burrell , who holds more than 40 FBS offers. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, who is often an impenetrable wall for opposing defenders, has also seen time on the defensive line during the preseason. Six-foot-4 junior Donovan Williams will take over at quarterback, bringing his athleticism and vision to the position. Williams is surrounded by experienced skill players in wide receiver Yannis Nguetta and running back Jake Ward, along with Jared Austin, who plays outside linebacker and running back.

Contenders: Colonial Forge (10-4), Forest Park (9-4), Woodbridge (6-5)

Around the league: Forest Park not only notched its first winning record in school history last year, but the Bruins made it all the way to the Virginia 6A state quarterfinals. Now, they look to continue their rise under new Coach Daniel Bruton. Back are wide receiver Eric Kumah and quarterback Nathan Perin, whose chemistry on offense should continue to evolve. On defense, two-way lineman Chance Feemster anchors Forest Park’s attack. . . . With top senior recruit Da’Shawn Hand now at Alabama, not as many eyes will focus on Woodbridge this season, but be careful not to sleep on the Vikings. Fresh off his commitment to Maryland, senior Mike Majette will lead the team at quarterback and in the secondary as the Vikings look to return to the playoffs. . . . Gar-Field , Riverbend and Stafford also compete in this conference.

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Host Jessica Honesty and Brandon Parker preview high school football for the 2014 season in the Northern Virginia area. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

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