Stone Bridge’s Ryan Burns (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Favorite: Stone Bridge (14-1)

The Bulldogs have played for a Division 5 title in three of the past four years, winning in 2007.

Contenders: Langley (6-5), McLean (8-3)

Both the Saxons and Highlanders made the playoffs last year and bring back key players.

Dark horse: Fairfax (6-5)

The Rebels showed growth last year and expect to challenge for the district title.

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Stone Bridge lost a number of starters from last year’s state runner-up, but it once again has reloaded with talent. All-Met DE Jonathan Allen could be more dominant than last year. Junior QB Ryan Burns has yet to throw a varsity pass but already has four scholarship offers, including one from Stanford. . . . Langley lost its quarterback and top wide receiver. Austin Vasiliadis will take over at quarterback, and key returners are RB Philip Mun, lineman Jack Howerton and DB Marcus Harvey, the son of former Redskin Ken Harvey, who boasts sub-4.4 speed. . . . McLean brings back a number of players, including senior Ryan McColgan (rushed for 11 touchdowns last season), and all-district performers in T Greg Young, TE-LB Scott Lafoon and LB Stephen Bush. . . . Fairfax will be led by senior lineman Matt Frank, a 6-4, 250-pound force who has drawn interest from division I-AA programs. Also returning are TE Chris Robic and LBs Marcelo Acuna and Mitch Ardinger. . . . South Lakes (8-4) might have as many as seven sophomores starting. QB Rashaan Jones, who threw for 1,401 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, is back, and Brian Brinson will step up at wide receiver. Ray Terry and Zac Parker will fill the void at running back. . . . Madison (1-9) is installing new systems on offense and defense and will look to QB Max Ehrsam and DB Sal Rahner. . . . Jefferson (1-9) returns senior QB Kevin Karn. . . . Marshall (1-9) has a senior-heavy roster featuring a number of two- and three-year starters including G Matt Crawford (6-3, 280), LB Nick Knoke and LB-FB Arthur Kapplow.

— Paul Tenorio