Cougars move back up to Maryland 4A after two seasons in 3A.
Trojans advanced to Maryland 4A semifinals last season; Coyotes could make playoff push this fall.
Colonels are seeking second playoff berth since 1989.
Quince Orchard is looking to extend its run of seven consecutive playoff appearances during Coach Dave Mencarini’s tenure (72-13 in seven seasons). The Cougars are led by RB Mark Green (1,309 yards rushing, 14 touchdowns last season), while LB Marcus Newby, a highly regarded junior, heads the defense. . . . Gaithersburg has talented skill players in WRs Billy Brown and Simba Gwashavanhu (combined 17 touchdown catches last season) and RB Solomon Vault, but it must replace All-Met QB Zack Fetters. . . . Clarksburg is the other team in the league that could make a playoff push. WR-LB Stefan Houston (6-2, 200) is the Coyotes’ leader, while C-MLB Vicente Kinney is one of three returning starters on the offensive line. . . . Look for Magruder to move QB-WR-DB Garland Owens (6-5, 205) around the field to utilize his play-making ability. . . . Northwest first-year Coach Mike Neubeiser has seven returning starters on offense, including QB Matt Callahan and WR-DBs Tyler Ambush and Josh McDonald. The Jaguars were 1-9 last season. . . . Richard Montgomery (0-10) enters the season on a 24-game losing streak but hopes an imposing and experienced offensive line will lead the way for QB Steven Burchett.