H.D. Woodson’s Kenny Crawley (no. 2) blocks a punt in the 2010 Turkey Bowl. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

Favorite: H.D. Woodson (9-3)

Three-time defending champion is once again the team to beat in the city.

Contender: Ballou (8-2)

The Knights lost a spot in the 2010 Turkey Bowl because of an ineligible player, but they are 37-17 over the past five seasons.

Dark horse: McKinley (5-6)

Trainers bring back 15 experienced players for new Coach Antonio Price.

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H.D. Woodson returns only five starters from last season’s DCIAA championship team, but still has a smothering defense that allowed just less than eight points per game to DCIAA opponents last season. Returnees include senior CB Kenny Crawley (Tennessee recruit) and senior DB John Walker, a transfer from Carroll and also a division I-A recruit. . . . . Ballou lost key talent from last year’s DCIAA East championship team, but new Coach Ed Shields, a 1995 graduate, will turn to senior WR Dontray Crawford (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) to lead an inexperienced team. . . . McKinley is led by a trio of capable senior pass catchers: TE Terrell Reid and WRs Spencer Brown and Denacco Young. . . . Spingarn (3-6) will return one of the city’s best passers, senior John Terry (1,642 yards, 14 TDs. . . .. Anacostia (1-9) is looking for its first winning season since 1997.

— James Wagner