Favorite: Lake Braddock (8-3)

The defending Patriot District champs are reloaded with several strong offensive weapons.

Contenders: South County (6-6); T.C. Williams (5-5); West Potomac (6-5)

Around the league: Lake Braddock has the potential to put up a lot of points behind its trio of offensive standouts. Senior QB Caleb Henderson, a North Carolina commit, has two big targets in junior WR A.J. Alexander and TE Ryan Antonellis and is expected to be more of a dual threat after dropping a few pounds this offseason. Meantime, Dwight Lomax put on 20 pounds as he moves from linebacker to the defensive line, giving the Bruins a strong, explosive player to pressure the ball. . . . West Potomac will again depend on Nebraska recruit Demornay Pierson-El (1,658 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns) to use his shifty moves and playmaking ability to return to the playoffs. With QB Caleb Williams and strong K Chris Blewitt gone off to college, the Wolverines will need to find other impact players to help carry the offensive load. . . . South County graduated its top player (All-Met LB Oren Burks), rusher and receiver but the Stallions still have the talent to contend. Quarterback David Symmes can hurt opponents with his arm (1,469 yards, 16 TDs) and legs (969 yards, 12 TDs) while LeVaughn Davis appears ready to carry the rushing load after gaining 859 yards on the ground. . . . The strength at T.C. Williams lies in its defense, which features senior DE Jeremiah Clarke and LB Malik Carney, both of whom are UNC commits. In order to snap its 22-year playoff drought, the Titans will need to shore up their offensive output with the graduation of QB Alec Grosser. . . . Michael Jolley, who has committed to Monmouth, is a player to watch for Lee after he rushed for 889 yards as a junior.

Related: AllMetSports.com 2013 football preview

Host B.J. Koubaroulis and Brandon Parker preview the high school football season in the state of Virginia. (Nick Plum/Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC for The Washington Post)

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Nebraska-bound running back Demornay Pierson-El is back to terrorize Patriot District defenses as the focal point of West Potomac’s attack. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)