Coach Aazaar Abdur Rahim and the Knights will test their mettle against a tough national schedule. (Craig Hudson/For The Washington Post)

Favorite: Friendship Collegiate (8-3)

Around the league: Friendship Collegiate, fresh off an 8-3 finish and a DCSAA title in 2012, has the potential to be better in 2013 despite facing a nationally competitive schedule. The Knights will be led by blue-chip recruit Jalen Tabor at defensive back, and the secondary will be bolstered by heavily recruited prospects in senior Dae Juan Funderburk and junior corner Ashton White. Arizona-bound running back Jonathan Haden, who rushed for 1,110 yards last season, returns to lead the offense. . . . Perry Street Prep excelled offensively during last season’s 7-5 finish, averaging 28.2 points per game in those contests. The Pride return key players from that squad, including senior quarterback Jihad Khabir (830 total yards, six touchdowns in 2012), junior wide receiver Aaron Gray, running back Morris Ray Jr. and senior corner Sean Fields. . . . KIPP must replace senior running back Devante Hall (nine touchdowns in 2012), but has 20 or so players back from last year’s young team, which finished 8-3 and advanced to the DCSAA semifinals. . . . After successfully completing a junior varsity schedule last year, Richard Wright will field a varsity team for the first time in 2013 under Coach Torrain Kelly, opening with road games at Kipp, Eastern and Maret.

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