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Mt. Hebron football coach Phil Zacharias talks about expectations for the 2015 Vikings squad. (Tim Schwartz/Howard County Times video)

2014 record: 3-7, 3-7

First game: at Long Reach, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Coach: Phil Zacharias, fourth season

Returning offensive starters: 6; Returning defensive starters: 6

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Offense: Traditional; Defense: 4-3

Top players (offense): Seniors Brennan White# (RB) and Lance Madden (TE); junior Ricky Williams (QB).

Top players (defense): Seniors John Benyi (DB), Nick Owens (LB), Matt Leone (LB), Derek Alexander (DB), Graham Davis (DB) and Andrew Smith (P).

Scouting report: Mt. Hebron had a down season last fall and lost second-team all-county wide receiver Darnell Pratt, who transferred to Good Counsel. But the Vikings got their own transfer to help make up the loss as sophomore Nick Nordhausen comes from Loyola Blakefield with size and MIAA experience.

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Mt. Hebron also returns one of the top running backs in the county in White, who ran for 793 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, and Owens and Leone on a senior-laden defense.

Expectations for the Vikings are to be much improved this fall, but coach Phil Zacharias knows the county is as deep as its ever been.

"Howard County is the most balanced in terms of competition than anywhere in the state," coach Phil Zacharias said.

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