The Hawks return nine starters on defense and several playmakers from a team that reached a region final last season.
Perennial threat returns its starting quarterback and is among most consistent performers in the region.
The Raiders return 14 starters from a team that advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1994.
Hayfield is replacing its center and quarterback from the team that reached the Virginia AAA Division 5 final, but the Hawks return several starters — including LB Anthony Wilson, RB-LB Steven Lynch, DL Kelechi Adoma, DL-TE Justin Dill and WR-DB Hayden Knudson. A more physical line will make them even more of a challenge this season, according to Coach Roy Hill. . . . Yorktown returns QB Jordan Smith, who has recovered from back surgery in the offseason and provides a dual threat. Senior LB Austin Browne will lead the defense. . . . Stuart returns nine starters on offense, including four of five on the offensive line. G Tony Konjevoda anchors that unit, with QB Javonte Robinsonand RB Chris Kirby expected to lead the way offensively. An upgraded secondary, led by newcomer Ethan Leventhal, should boost a defense that returns five starters. . . . RB Dayshawn Meadows is back for Falls Church (2-8). . . . Wakefield (1-9) will be led by QB Drew Powell. . . . Mount Vernon RB Dennis Mensah rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season and carried the Majors (5-6) through the end of last season. . . . Washington-Lee (6-6) has seven returning starters from a team that won six games for the first time since 1993. . . . Edison (3-7) will look to QB Charles Clark, who threw for more than 600 yards in the final four games last season, and 6-1, 230-pound RB Jarrett Banks to lead the offense. The Eagles bring back 14 starters, including eight on defense.