The Rams are the defending Maryland 2A champions.
The Eagles lost All-Met LB Conner Crowell, but they have an experienced quarterback. The Wolverines have tremendous speed.
The Braves’ three regular season losses last year were all by one score against the league’s tri-champions.
McDonough returns only six starters, but it remains the team to beat behind dynamic junior QB Devone Boone. . . . North Point senior QB Connor Young threw 16 touchdown passes against only three interceptions last season. . . . Westlake has several speedsters, including senior DBs Michael Westray — a Duke commit — and Ayo Ogunniyi. . . . Chopticon LBs Bam Wroble, Michael Messick and Nick Landavazo are all three-year starters in the middle of a game-tested defense. . . . Huntingtown (9-4) graduated 21 seniors from a team that advanced to two consecutive state tournaments, but expect the Hurricanes to remain in the playoff hunt behind senior RB Davonte Fletcher and senior DB Gabe Stewart. . . . Seniors Amadou M’Bodj and Zac Brown anchor an offensive line that will be Northern’s biggest strength this season. The Patriots (6-4) won five of their last six games last year and return eight starters on defense. . . . Run-first junior QB Travez Lee will run the single-wing offense for Patuxent (4-6), which returns 17 starters. . . . Senior RBs Aaron Wilkerson and Kenny Daniels lead Great Mills (5-5), which will rely on speed at its skill positions to try to reach its first postseason since 1989. . . . La Plata junior TE-LB Nick Spensieri is a player to watch on both sides of the ball for the Warriors (3-7). . . . First-year Coach John Lush takes over a 3-7 Lackey program that has 28 seniors but returns only seven starters. LB Marquis Smith should be a force in the middle of the Chargers’ defense. . . . Former Huntingtown assistant Rick Sneade takes over at Calvert (2-8), where the Cavaliers are optimistic about the future. Senior RB Ray Hayes should be a workhorse this year. . . . Junior RB Stephen Stewart headlines a deep backfield for Leonardtown (2-8), which hasn’t won more than three games in any of the past 10 seasons. . . . Seniors Sean Short and Rakeem Jones are the top playmakers for Thomas Stone (0-10), which is looking for its first win since 2008.