Favorite: Brooke Point (5-6)

With 19 of 22 starters back, the Black-Hawks are vying for a seventh straight postseason berth.

Contenders: Colonial Forge (11-1), Mountain View (8-4)

Forge’s only loss last season was to Virginia AAA Division 6 champion Battlefield, while Mountain View returns plenty off the first playoff team in school history.

Dark horse: Massaponax (8-4)

The Panthers have won eight or more games in six of the past eight seasons.

Around the league

Seven of the eight returning teams have reached the playoffs in one or both of the past two seasons. The exception is Albemarle (3-7). . . . . Orange (7-4), up from AA, makes it a nine-team league. . . . Brooke Point DE-WR Alex Figueroa is a major college prospect but likely will have to go the prep school or junior college route first. The program has three players at Virginia Tech. RB Raevaun Redd (850 yards on 85 carries) is another top Black-Hawk. . . . Mountain View QB Bubby Morgan last year threw for 17 touchdowns with five interceptions. The Wildcats have moved DB Dyquan Stewart, a Temple commit, to linebacker. He forced nine fumbles last season. . . . Colonial Forge lost stars but is still formidable with such steady standouts as OL-LB Quinton Winters. RB-DB Trey Reed finished in the top seven in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Virginia AAA outdoor meet. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry on 76 rushes and also had 19 catches. . . . Mountain View Coach Lou Sorrentino, entering his second season, has a son, Joey, who plays for Stafford (5-5). . . . North Stafford (5-5), with FB-LB AJ Slye, a four-year starter, lost three games by a touchdown or less a year ago. . . . Riverbend finished 2-8 last season.

— Preston Williams