When it comes to gaining ground, few running backs in Baltimore County did it better last year than Parkville's Russell Winborn, Franklin's Scott Noble, Sparrows Point's Mike McCoy and Kenwood's Donnell Flemming.
Big, strong and athletic, the four players all will open their seasons Friday night.
Winborn, 5 feet 10 and 190 pounds, rushed for 1,249 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. The senior will lead the 12th-ranked Knights at Loch Raven.
Noble, 6-0, 200 pounds, finished with 1,854 yards and 22 scores as a junior. He'll be looking to pick up where he left off when the Indians visit Pikesville.
McCoy, 6-0, 237, is the largest of the four. He and the Pointers play their opener at Patapsco.
At 5-11, 215, Flemming was solid on both sides of the ball during last year's 5-5 season when he rushed for 1,131 yards and made 61 tackles. Flemming's Bluebirds open at Lansdowne.
Locals make U-19
The roster for the U.S. under-19 women's lacrosse team that will compete for next summer's world championship has been cut to 24 players, including nine Marylanders.
Miller Hughes from Roland Park and Katie Janian and Jordyn Kirr from Bryn Mawr were named to the roster, which will be whittled to 16 before competition begins Aug. 4 in Ontario for the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations World Cup.
Other Marylanders on the roster are: Allyson Carey, John Carroll; Bria Eulitt, Mount Hebron; Lauren Fenlon, Good Counsel; Megan Fitzgerald, Archbishop Spalding; Karri Ellen Johnson, Broadneck; and Josie Owen, Severn.
Bryn Mawr coach Wendy Kridel will head the U.S. team for the third time, as it tries to win its third straight world title.
Boys' Latin senior quarterback-defensive back Grady Gamble missed the entire second half of Saturday's 45-21 win over Avalon of Bethesda, but unlike the end of last season, his absence wasn't due to injury.
After helping the Lakers gain a 28-6 halftime lead, Gamble was given the rest of the afternoon off. He was 2-for-2 passing for 24 yards and a touchdown and also made three solo tackles.
Gamble will face a much stiffer test this Saturday when his Lakers of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's B Conference host third-ranked McDonogh, an A Conference power.
His season ended prematurely last year when he suffered a wrist injury and was sidelined for the Lakers' 35-10 loss to Archbishop Spalding in the MIAA B Conference championship game.