Outlook: The positive beat goes on for Hereford, which has displayed unmatched excellence among the state's public schools. The Bulls set a new state mark with their fifth consecutive title last season, and they're the favorite to win an unprecedented ninth crown.

9. Severn

Coach: Brian Wood

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Last season: 15-7, No. 6

Postseason: MIAA A Conference quarterfinalist

Outlook: A solid mix of talented returnees and promising newcomers makes the Admirals a formidable foe in the MIAA A Conference. Midfield is the team's strength, with senior Brett Bedard leading the unit. A young defense will look to jell quickly.

10. South River

Coach: Paul Noone

Last season: 20-0, No. 8

Postseason: Class 4A-3A state champion

Outlook: Coming off the program's first perfect season and second state crown since 2009, what can South River do for an encore? With All-Metro attackman Ben Chisolm and plenty of surrounding talent, the Seahawks are capable of nearing last season's lofty standard.

11. Archbishop Spalding

Coach: Kenneth "Bear" Davis

Last season: 6-10, No. 14

Postseason: None

Outlook: Davis, in his second season, continues to establish the team's own identity as he wants the Cavaliers to focus on themselves rather than their tough opponents. With 19 players returning — 12 that started at some point last season — expect steady strides.

12. Glenelg

Coach: Josh Hatmaker

Last season: 17-3, No. 9

Postseason: Class 3A-2A state runner-up