Last season: 8-2, unranked
Postseason: Class 3A East regional semifinalist
Outlook: Fifteen starters return from the team that dealt River Hill its first Howard County loss in 48 games last season. Now, the Raiders face an uphill battle after being forced to forfeit their season opener for a summer practice violation. Still, they have the skill players to stay in the county race.
Coach: Roger Wrenn
Last season: 7-3, unranked Postseason: None
Outlook: The Engineers missed the playoffs last season by
22 hundredths of a point, and they might have a tougher time qualifying this fall after moving up to Class 4A. Still, with
10 starters back on offense and eight on defense, they will make a run at a regional berth and a city championship.
Coach: Anthony Burgos
Last season: 11-3, No. 6 Postseason: State Class 3A finalist
Outlook: Calvert Hall transfer Jackson Thorton filled the biggest hole in an Indians lineup that lost half its starters — at quarterback. Other holes appear to be plugged as well, but using a strong corps of receivers, led by Ian Thomas, will be critical to a run at Baltimore County and state titles.
Coach: Brian Abbott
Last season: 6-5, unranked Postseason: N/A
Outlook: With 16 starters back, the Dons look to steady the ship after an up-and-down season a year ago. The line and the skill positions look strong with a battle going for the starting quarterback spot. The Dons also have a near-automatic kicker in Jamie Dubyoski.