Mike McCarthy

Howard favored entering 2018 Howard County football season

Howard favored entering 2018 Howard County football season

Reloading is a common theme for high school sports teams. Student athletes graduate and are replaced by their former backups or junior varsity players ready for the varsity level. Achieving steady, year-in and year-out success is easier said than done with the amount of turnover and inability to recruit like colleges or private schools, yet several Howard County high school football teams — namely Howard, Glenelg and River Hill — have found the recipe in recent years.

Rebuilding is also familiar rhetoric among high school sports teams. And it’s the difference between reloading and rebuilding that is what often separates teams that make deep playoff runs and those that...

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