All-Met Sports preseason football Top 20

Centreville brings back a plethora of talent from its perfect 2013 squad, earning the top spot in the preseason rankings. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

1. Centreville (2013 record: 15-0, final 2013 ranking: No. 1)

Led by All-Met RB and South Carolina commit A.J. Turner, the Wildcats return 15 starters in their quest to defend the Virginia 6A title.

2. Gonzaga (6-5, NR)

After being decimated by injuries last year, the Eagles hope to win first WCAC title since 2002 behind a senior class featuring five Football Bowl Subdivision commits.

3. Northwest (12-2, No. 3 )

The Jaguars return the majority of their starters, including junior QB Mark Pierce, as they look to repeat as Maryland 4A champions.

4. DeMatha (11-1, No. 2)

After graduating 20 starters from a year ago, the defending WCAC champion Stags will look to younger talent such as juniors Lorenzo Harrison and Shane Simmons.

5. Westfield (11-3, No. 7)

The perennial power Bulldogs are poised for another deep playoff run behind senior stalwarts James Gibson at safety and RB Evan Gray.

6. Briar Woods (13-2, No. 4)

Penn State WR commit Brandon Polk and TE Mark Birmingham are playmaking threats for the Falcons, who are seeking a return trip to the Virginia 5A final.

7. Wise (7-4, NR)

The 2012 Maryland 4A champs have reloaded after a first-round playoff exit and should ride size and talent to the top of Prince George’s 4A.

8. St. John’s (9-3, No. 15)

Fresh off their first WCAC title game appearance since 1991, the Cadets return six starters on each side of the ball, including versatile playmaker Ayron Monroe.

9. Broad Run (9-4, No. 20)

After reaching last year’s Virginia 5A North region semifinals, the Spartans return 14 starters, including senior QB Brady Reitzel and hard-hitting safety Chuck Davis.

10. Patriot (8-3, NR)

Following their first playoff appearance, the Pioneers hope their third varsity season is the charm with experienced talent in QB Cody Agnew and WR Nick Mathews.

11. Bullis (9-1, NR)

Headlined by highly touted junior QB Dwayne Haskins Jr., the defending IAC champs return a wealth of FBS-caliber talent in hopes of defending their crown.

12. Good Counsel (6-5, NR)

For the first time since 2009, the Falcons open the season without the WCAC title in their possession — a motivating factor for a team that features a strong defense.

13. Patuxent (13-1, No. 6)

After eclipsing 3,200 combined yards passing and rushing, QB Tyler Crounse returns for his senior season to help the Panthers better last year’s finish as Maryland 2A runner-up.

14. Damascus (9-2, NR)

Led by All-Met WR-DB and South Carolina commit Jalen Christian, the Swarmin’ Hornets lost just three starters from last year’s playoff team.

15. Lake Braddock (12-1, No. 8)

QB Kyle Edwards is tasked with replacing All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Caleb Henderson, but he’ll have help in RB Dejoun Lee and All-Met WR A.J. Alexander.

16. Hylton (10-2, No. 12)

With the graduation of dual-threat QB Travon McMillian, the Bulldogs will turn to All-Met offensive lineman Matt Burrell as the anchor for their offense.

17. Eleanor Roosevelt (6-4, NR)

The Raiders should challenge for the Prince George’s 4A title, thanks to athleticism at the skill positions and top recruit Isaiah Prince, who will anchor a strong offensive line.

18. Gwynn Park (11-1, No. 9)

The Yellow Jackets return plenty of experienced talent — particularly receiving weapons Kimothy Bynum and Davonte Young — ready to replace the pieces lost to graduation.

19. River Hill (10-3 , No. 17)

Though the Hawks graduated 14 of their starters from last year’s Maryland 3A semifinalists, they will again reload in their attempt for a third state title since 2011.

20. H.D. Woodson (11-3, No. 18)

Despite the graduation of All-Met D’Andre Payne, the reigning Turkey Bowl and DCSAA Class AA champs return QB Rashad Cooper and stout CB DuWayne Johnson.

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