Favorite: Woodbridge (6-5)

The Vikings return 15 starters and have impact out-of-area transfers.

Contender: Hylton (10-1)

The Bulldogs split games with defending Division 6 champion Battlefield last season.

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Woodbridge, which shook off an 0-3 start last year in games against eventual playoff teams, is strong up front with OL Andrew Maddox, an Old Dominion commit. LB Darius Parson has committed to Syracuse. RB Jaylen Avent was a 900-yard rusher. The Vikings have a precocious freshman quarterback, Mike Majette, who could enable projected QB Logan Farrar to at times play wideout. . . . Hylton is young in key spots but received reinforcements when coveted LB E.J. Levenberry (DeMatha) and 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman Josh Wilcher (Colorado) transferred in, joining OL Chasz Wright and WR Jaleel Dukes (34 catches). . . . Potomac (5-5), with OL Donta Wilkins (Virginia offer), lost to Battlefield and Hylton by a combined 11 points last season. . . . QB Ryan Mason and RB Shakeem Copeland return in the backfield for Gar-Field (6-5), which lost to Battlefield by three points in the playoffs. . . . Osbourn Park QB Denathan Dukes, thrust into the starting role last summer as a sophomore when Dominique Terrell transferred to Osbourn, returns more polished for the Yellow Jackets (4-6). . . . David Coccoli, formerly of Manassas Park, takes over a Forest Park program in search of its first winning season. In games two through five, the Bruins (2-8) will face teams that went 44-5 last season. RB Mustaqeem Williams finished second in the state in the 100-meter dash last year as a freshman. . . . Like Forest Park, Freedom-Woodbridge (1-9) also is looking for its first winning season.

— Preston Williams