Last playoff appearance: 2010 (2A South regional runner-up); Last state championship: NA; Five-year record: 24-28 (.462).

Coach: Justin Carey, first season

Returning offensive starters: 6; Returning defensive starters: 6.

Top players (offense): Seniors Tyler Martin (QB), Dre'Quan Reed (OG), Brendan Urban (TE) and Justin Wise (RB); sophomore DeAndre House (WR).

Top players (defense): Senior John Mbah (SS/LB); juniors Andrew Comeau (FS), Pierre Sylvert (LB) and Malik Wallace (LB/SS).

Key losses: RB/DB Dionte Jones, LG Derek Sicca, C Arnett Dorsey, LB Humphrey Anuh, FS/WR Garrett Kelley and DB/WR Chris Hall.

Scouting report: Carey, Atholton's defensive coordinator last season, hopes to lead Hammond down a similar path of success. The Golden Bears graduated a considerable senior class, but Martin (1,000 yards, 17 TDs in 2012) is one of the league's top returning quarterbacks. Martin also has a talented receiving corps led by Urban and House. Hammond lost three games last season by two points or less, so the 5-5 record could have easily been a playoff berth.

Key number: 8. Touchdown catches by Chris Hall last season, third most in the league.

Howard Lions

2012 record: 5-5, 5-5

Last playoff appearance: 2011 (3A East regional semifinalist); Last state championship: 1974 (1st); Five-year record: 29-23 (.558).

Coach: Bruce Strunk, sixth season

Returning offensive starters: 3; Returning defensive starters: 4.

Top players (offense): Seniors Peter Emery (C), Matt Von Neida (OT), Jon Chalfont (OG), Terrell Charles (RB) and Kyle Walker (WR/DB).

Top players (defense): Seniors Eric Martinez (DE), Mac Lee (LB) and John Travisano (DB); juniors Craig Brauer (DT), Nick Saunders (LB) and Isaiah Stokes (DB).

Key losses: QB Austin Blair, OL Jack Friedman, RB Michael Anderson, RB/WR Brady Curley, DL Zach Grasser, DL Brandon Addai, DL Dave Holland and DB Andrew Young.

Scouting report: Line play will again be a crown jewel for the Lions, headlined by DI recruit Von Neida (Maine, New Hampshire, Buffalo), and Emery. Travisano (4 INTs) and Walker, who combined to make 117 tackles last year, will again be leaders in the defensive backfield. The Lions averaged 27.7 points last year, third most in the league.

Key number: 1,394. League-leading rushing yards by Michael Anderson last year. Anderson carried the ball 193 times and scored 19 rushing touchdowns.

Long Reach Lightning

2012 record: 3-7, 3-7

Last playoff appearance: 2005 (3A East regional semifinalist); Last state championship: NA; Five-year record: 28-22 (.560).

Coach: Jamie Willis, first season

Returning offensive starters: 5; Returning defensive starters: 5.

Top players (offense): Seniors C.J. Smalley (QB), Brandan Barrington (WR), Chase Ferryman (OL), Eric Thomas (WR) and Deon Williams (OL).

Top players (defense): Seniors Rob Carter* (DB), Michael Conlan (LB), Tommy Montag (LB), A.J. Fobbs (DL) and Tommy Wilkinson (DL).

Key losses: OT Dominic Wiliams, OT Brendon Thomas, RB Daqaun Dixon, RB Darius Fisk, RB Xavier Haywood-Irani, LB Kyle Jones, DE Alex Nobleman, LB Eric Montag and LB Jack St. Hilaire.

Scouting report: Long Reach had just its second losing season in school history in 2012, and that didn't sit well. First-year coach Willis, a former protege of longtime coach Pete Hughes, has plenty of talent to put the Lightning back on track with a winning season. Carter, a first-team all-county selection last year, made 43 tackles and intercepted three passes last year. Long Reach allowed 348 points last year, second worst in the league, but a defense led by Carter, Conlan (102 tackles, 3 sacks), Montag (43 tackles) and Barrington (4 INTs) should do better.

Key number: 1,479. Combined rushing yards by the graduated tandem of Dixon and Haywood-Irani last season.

Marriotts Ridge Mustangs

2012 record: 2-8, 2-8