Top players (defense): Seniors Jamal Washington (LB), Hunter Carter-Rimbach (CB), Godfrey Ovia (DE), Ben Mathews (DT) and Graham Kantor (LB).
Scouting report: Atholton may have been hit harder by graduation than any other team in the league, returning only two starters on each side of the ball, but after playing to a 28-7 record over the past three seasons, the Raiders have earned the reputation as a winning program. Brian McMahon, who led the team as quarterback each of the last two seasons, is now a reserve tight end at Maryland, but his replacement — Mount St. Joseph transfer Luke Casey — is capable of big things. At 6-4, Casey has similar size and playmaking ability to McMahon, who passed and ran for a combined 2,000 yards and 20 TDs last year. Plotkin is one of the league's best returning linemen. Mullens (89 yards, 5 TD) and Carter-Rimbach are the top two returning rushers, and Anthony, perhaps the team's best all-around athlete, is the top returning receiver. Defensively, Mullens and Washington combined for more than 100 tackles last year, but almost everyone else is new. Junior Cody Stolar, a top JV call-up at linebacker, should make a significant impact on varsity.
2011 record: 1-9 county, 1-9 overall
Coach: Todd Kriner, second season
Returning offensive starters: 9; Returning defensive starters: 6.
Top players (offense): Juniors Tyler Morris (QB), Walter Fletcher (RB/DB), Chase Conley (WR/DB), Quinn Western (RB) and Damon Reeves (WR/S).
Top players (defense): Seniors Alex Eason (DE), Kyle Homens (LB) and Chris Sexton (DL); juniors Michael Price (LB/RB) and Anthony Saunders (DE).
Scouting report: Centennial was young last year, with only about a dozen seniors on the roster, and they're still young this year with juniors occupying just about every skill position on offense. The good news is that most of the youngsters got experience last year as juniors, including Morris (433 passing yards), Fletcher (team-high 362 rushing yards) and Conley (7 catches, 90 yards). With all those players returning after a year of growth, Centennial should be able to improve on the anemic 6.8 points per game (worst in the league) it scored last year, including six shut outs. The Eagles also return six players on defense, but will sorely miss bookend defensive ends Pat Zarek and Chris Peterson.
2011 record: 8-2 county, 9-3 overall, Class 2A South regional finalist
Coach: Butch Schaffer, seventh season
Returning offensive starters: 8; Returning defensive starters: 7.
Top players (offense): Seniors Ben Carta (TE/DE) and Mark Darden (QB/DB); junior David Brookhart (WR/DB).
Top players (defense): Seniors Nick Crabill (LB/RB), Sean Twigg (DL/OL) and Drew Dziwulski (LB/RB).
Scouting report: After breaking through with an eight-win regular season last year, and a trip to the 2A South regional championship game, Glenelg is in good position to build on that success. Although the Gladiators graduated several key pieces of their defense — including defensive Player of the Year candidate Glenn Lucas (136 total tackles) — they return more proven talent than arguably any other team in the league. On offense, Darden (620 passing yards, 8 TD, 1 INT), Crabill (732 rushing yards, 9 TD), Brookhart (22 catches, 248 yards, 3 TD) and Carta (10 catches, 121 yards, 2 TD) are all back to headline a potent attack. Twigg, who won a heavyweight state wrestling championship last winter, will make a strong foundation for both lines. The Gladiators also boast an effective kicking game, with Luke Brister returning after having kicked a 43-yard field goal last year.
2011 record: 6-4 county, 6-4 overall
Coach: Dan Makosy, fourth season
Returning offensive starters: 7; Returning defensive starters: 7.