Coach: Bob Campbell, sixth year
Assistant coaches: Shaun Carey, Mike Sanino, Dave Jackson, Phil Rhodes, Ron Cecil, Andre Jackson, Tom Lohr
Last year's record: 7-3, 4-2 in the Central Maryland Conference
Top returnees: Seniors, offensive tackles Mike Kelly, Greg Stup, halfback Trenton Ambush, tailback Wayne Cook, running back MonteBryant
Coach's comments: "I think we're strong in depth. It's pretty competitive. If there is a weakness, we are young time-wise. Other than (the players mentioned above), we still have a lot of questionmarks. I'm really looking at the younger kids now (in scrimmages) rather than the ones that were on the team last year. We're even looking at a freshman (at running back). We think he could be outstanding once he gets to know the plays."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Richard Snowden, a junior sensation last year at running back, is notwith the team this year, so the Cadets have one big hole right off the bat. Ambush and Cook can still be a formidable duo in the backfield, though. With Snowden, the Cadets could have been a throwback to the 1985-1987 days, when they made three straight trips to the state tournament. Without him, they're just another team battling for the CMCtitle with Linganore, Thomas Johnson and Westminster. They start theseason with a difficulty line-up of Northern (Calvert County) and LaPlata (Charles, followed by Altoona, Pa., one of the better prep teams in the country). Jefferson, W.Va., one of that state's best teams, rounds out the non-league slate. With those four plus Linganore in the first five weeks, Frederick will know exactly how good it is by midseason. Campbell says his team needs to get off to a good start this season, but the schedule will make that difficult.