Illinois recruit Reggie Corbin (3) is one of several top-flight returning players who give Gonzaga a legitimate shot at the school’s first WCAC football crown since 2002. (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Favorite: Gonzaga (6-5)

The talent is ripe for Gonzaga to capture its first WCAC title since 2002. The Eagles boast highly touted recruits in offensive lineman Richie Petitbon (Alabama), defensive back Marcus Lewis, running back Reggie Corbin (Illinois), wide receiver Jabari Greenwood (Kentucky), quarterback Nick Johns (Virginia) and defensive back Sammy Morrison (Arizona), granting new Coach Randy Trivers plenty of options during an always tough tough WCAC schedule that also includes a Sept. 5 matchup with top-ranked Centreville on ESPNU.

Contenders: DeMatha (11-1), Good Counsel (6-5), St. John’s (9-3)

Around the League: DeMatha graduated 30 seniors, including 20 starters, from last year’s WCAC title team, raising some question marks. But the Stags again boast a stable of impressive rushers in Lorenzo Harrison and Anthony McFarland, as well as a strong junior class led by defensive linemen Shane Simmons and Terrance Allen. . . . For the first time in four years, Good Counsel enters the season without the WCAC crown in its possession. Fueled by a stout defense that features Kentucky commit Darius Fullwood and linebackers Keandre Jones, Nick Miller and Jordan Anthony, the Falcons are poised to bounce back. . . .

Following its first WCAC title game appearance since 1991, St. John’s reloads with six starters on each side of the ball. The Cadets graduated quarterback Will Ulmer and lost tight end Devante Brooks to a season-ending knee injury but can capably fill those voids with running back/wide receiver/defensive back Ayron Monroe, defensive lineman Eric Assoua and wide receiver Scotty Washington. . . . High-profile lineman Damian Prince has moved on to Maryland, but McNamara Coach Keith Goganious enters his second season with an abundance of talent to power his spread attack. Quarterback Ramar Williams has his share of options in Camari Murray, senior transfer Alfonso Banks IV and Ashton White, a Notre Dame commit who also shines in the secondary. . . .

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

O’Connell looks to continue its ascent under third-year Coach Del Smith, returning six starters to go with bolstered depth on each side of the ball. George Hawkins is aiming to become Michael Galvan’s new favorite target following the graduation of Marquis Rowe, while linebacker Landan Word can be a strong contributor on defense. . . . Carroll ended last season on a good note by winning the DCSAA Class A title, and stands to continue this success with 15 starters back. Heavily recruited offensive linemen Jauan Williams and Richard Merritt can open rushing holes for Christian Melgar and Keon Singleton, and all-conference linebacker Ray Cooper is much improved from a year ago.

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