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Somewhat weakened by graduation and a key transfer, Westminster still rules the roost in the county. Senior quarterback Ryan Baer has demonstrated a nice arm, and senior tight end Rafe Bridges, senior split end Dan Brewer and senior tailback Jamel Smalls will be appealing targets.

But Westminster lost more than two-thirds of its starting defense and last year's starting quarterback, one of two wide receivers, and four of five offensive lineman. The biggest hit may stem from the loss of senior tailback Brad Durden, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards last season.

Durden was declared academically ineligible before moving to Georgia to live with his father.

North Carroll graduated Player of the Year Steve Suter, but coach Bill Rumbaugh's share-the-wealth philosophy returns. Senior fullback Vinnie Iadevaia and junior halfback Erick Busick will take over the ball-carrying duties, while junior quarterback Justin Hackler offers the Panthers a nice arm with swift feet.

Experience won't be a problem at Francis Scott Key, which boasts 20 seniors. Running back Brendan MacDaniel will have the benefit of running behind an offensive line that averages 235 pounds.

If there is one area of concern for coach Mike Coons, it's the team's defensive line, which is short on stature and experience.

South Carroll lost two-way star Mike Jenkins and linebacking terrors Nick Hozik and Chris Currence to graduation, but coach Gene Brown has always had a knack of finding new talent.

Liberty should be competitive with returning all-county first-teamers in senior tight end Robbie Ruch, senior defensive back Nate Lang and junior offensive guard Chris Carley.

Fresh from a 6-1 record in its debut, Bowling Brook enters the season with a revamped lineup. Coach Gary Myers will depend on senior quarterback Urie Nunnely, senior linebacker Kayode Johnson and senior offensive guard Joe Bellamy to lead the team.

The Thoroughbreds are blessed with three tailbacks in Jerry Eagleton, Antonio Hunter and Joe Sloan.

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