Centreville’s Manny Smith during a 2010 practice. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)
Favorite: Centreville (9-3)

The Wildcats bring back all but four starters from a team that won its first eight games last season.

Contenders: Westfield (6-5), Chantilly (10-3), Robinson (9-3)

Westfield and Robinson have new coaches but talent to spare; Chantilly brings back two 1,000-yard rushers.

Dark horse: Oakton (7-4)

The Cougars have a new coach but are not far behind in district race.

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Centreville returns 18 starters, including several of the district’s top players, highlighted by RB Manny Smith and All-Met DE Ken Ekanem. . . . Westfield, under new Coach Kyle Simmons, lost all four starters on its defensive line, but it brought back six other starters on defense. Also back are RB Kendell Anderson and QB Matt Pisarcik, plus a more experienced offensive line. Keep an eye on WR Quentin Basil. . . . Robinson lost longtime coach Mark Bendorf to retirement but has tons of talent for new Coach Trey Taylor. Players from last year’s explosive junior varsity team add to a roster that lost All-Met DB Jared Velasquez but returns several starters, including three of four defensive linemen and the core of its linebackers. LB Joe Meier and WR Patrick Baker are players to watch. . . . Chantilly lost three starters on its offensive line and all four defensive linemen but returns two 1,000-yard rushers in Jimmy Hicks and William Hill-Pensamiento. The Chargers took a blow when they lost LB Matt Lewis for the season because of a major knee injury, but LB Ben Cobb returns and Sonny Romine steps in for his brother, Carson, at quarterback. . . . At Oakton, Tuck Masker is in the running to step in for graduated QB Jimmy Boone. Watch for RB Mike Wandy, lineman Jake Farrar and LB C.J. Reimann. . . . Herndon (1-9) returns junior QB Ky Parrott, a James Madison baseball recruit.

— Paul Tenorio