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Players Owen Ploughman, left, and Tyler Campbell collide during a drill at the afternoon varsity football practice at North Harford High School Wednesday. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Homestead Publishing / August 24, 2012)

Aberdeen

Head coach: Johnny Brooks (second year)

2011 record: 10-3

Top returning players: Devin Kossakowski, Sr., (OL/DE); Austin Bonsall, Sr., (WB/DB); Dante Warfield, Sr., (RB/SS); Adric Turner, Sr., (OL/DL); Trashon Turner, Sr., (FB/LB); Nick Wynn, Sr., (QB/LB); Maurice Harris, Sr., (TE/LB); Eric Briggs, Sr., (TE/LB)


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Key newcomers: Traveres Payton, Sr., (WB/S); Charles Jennings, So., (FB/LB); Eric Whitti, Jr., (OL/LB); Nate McKinney, Jr., (SE/DB); Alvin Dennis, Jr., (OL/DL); Kenshea McCarney, Jr., (RB/DB); James Blackwell, Jr., (Ol/DL); Walter Jones, So., (OL/DL)

Outlook: The Eagles, who made a short run in the playoffs a year ago, return six starters from that team. Coach Brooks says this year's team is a very youthful group seeking to make a return to the playoffs. "Hoping to stay away from the injury bug, we will look to the seniors for much needed leadership," Brooks said. "Depth on the line and in the back field will be the strong points on the team."

Bel Air

Head coach: Dave Huryk (third year)

2011 record: 4-6

Top returning players: Nick Harris, Sr., (WR/DB); Matt McCann, Sr., (OL/DL); Garye Pendleton, Sr., (RB/LB); Juwan Singletary, Sr., (RB/LB); Travis Soubie, Sr., (OL/DL); Ben Webber, Jr., (TE/DL)

Key newcomers: Mitchell Muller, Jr., (RB/LB); Matt Wallace, Jr., (QB/DB)

Outlook: "We hope to rebuild this year and remain as competitive as possible," Coach Dave Huryk said. "Harford County always has good teams, and it is a weekly battle to compete. Our young men have worked very hard to prepare for the season, and we hope that the effort translates to positive results on Friday night."

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Marc Alegi (first year)

2011 record: 2-8

Top returning players: Jake Burnett, Sr., (RB/DB); Tyler Bussineus, Sr., (TE/LB); Ryan Christ, Sr., (FB/LB); Dax Conrad, Sr., (G/LB); Antwan Ferguson, Sr., (RB/DB); Steven Gray, So., (WR/DB); Tyler Hall, Sr., (TE); Will Hazelton, So., (RB/DB); Steven Gray, So., (WR/DB); Ross Kunmann, Jr., (WR); Ryan Lee, Sr., (C); Caleb Moretz, Sr., (T/OLB); Craig Moretz, Sr., (T/OLB); Osiah Walker, So., (WR/DB); Jamal Worthington, So., (QB/TE/DB);

Key newcomers: Tyler Dameron, Sr., (WR/DB); Shane Dulski, Sr., (WR/DB); Michael Poorbaugh, Fr., (OL/DL); Omar Walker, So., (QB/DB); Bruce West, Sr., (OL/DL)

Outlook: "We are continuing to improve on a daily basis, but still have a lot of work to do before our first game against Rising Sun," Coach Marc Alegi said. "We have a few injuries that we are dealing with that hopefully do not carry over into the regular season. Our kids are excited and have been working really hard through the summer months to prepare for this year. We just need to continue to improve on a daily basis and not become complacent. We have a great group of kids in our program, and a tremendous coaching staff. Hopefully everything will come together for us this season and we can be successful week in and week out.

Edgewood

Head coach: Fred Myers (19th year)