Coach: Jim Margraff, second year
Assistant coaches: Bob Babb, Jack Kendall, Augie Miceli, Bob Benson, Ritchie Schell, Bob Bodor, Kamal Sirageldin
Last year's record: 5-4-1, 4-2-1 in the Centennial Football Conference
Top returnees: Seniors, offensive lineman BradDavis, defensive back Brian Hepting, defensive back Eric Williams; juniors, offensive lineman Jim Dietz, running back Paul Ferreri, quarterback John Guglielmo, linebacker Ed Lineen, linebacker Stu Markley; sophomore, quarterback Scott Cade
Coach's comments: "Graduation took all of our best players on defense. That's scary for a team that places so much emphasis on defense. We have five offensive linemen coming back, but that's it. Last year we learned to become winners. Thisseason one of our goals is to start a winning tradition for Hopkins football. We have the nucleus of a good team, but we won't have the advantage of being a surprise team like we were a year ago."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: The Blue Jays return 39 letter winners from last year's team, and at least one conference coach has picked theteam to win the conference. The team has two quarterbacks who saw some varsity action last year and the best running back from a year ago. On defense, the line has several holes, but the linebackers and defensive backs will be experienced. The squad also has experience on the special teams. This team has experience on both sides of the line and a potentially balanced offensive attack. Though Hopkins has a roster loaded with sophomores and juniors, many of them were starters last season, meaning Margraff may be building one of the top programs inthe conference. Look for the Blue Jays to be among the better teams in the conference, ready to challenge for the title if Dickinson falters.