Our Lady of Good Counsel's loss Friday night in steamy Las Vegas notwithstanding, the Falcons still are heavy favorites to capture their fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title behind a solid veteran senior class.
In the Interstate Athletic Conference, defending champion Bullis lost prolific tailback Kevin Jones to graduation but the return and/or transfer in of a solid core of running backs to run behind a mammoth offensive line has the Bulldogs primed for another title run.
“It will be tailback by committee [but] this is the biggest team I've ever had,” said Bullis coach Pat Cilento.
Landon hopes to retool after coming up a win short of capturing the IAC crown the last two years.
“We have a great group of seniors and a number of really good underclassmen who are athletic as well,” Bears coach Paul Padalino said.
Georgetown Prep is embarking on a rugged independent schedule with a slew of talent at the skill positions but ...
“We have a young offensive line,” Little Hoyas coach Dan Paro said. “We only have one returning starter.”
Avalon seeks another league crown behind the running of Rashid Ibrahim and Maryland recruit Jacquille Veii, who also is a speedy defensive back.
Players to watch: Good Counsel's push for another WCAC crown will be largely fueled by Division I college recruits Brendan Marshall (Virginia), Dorian O'Daniel (Clemson) and Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech).
Tre Johnson gives run-heavy Georgetown Prep an athletic two-way threat at quarterback.
Landon's Myles Allen and Avalon's Rashid Ibrahim each ran for more than 1,000 yards a year ago and both should do so again.
Justin Herron (6-5, 290) anchors a beefy Bullis offensive line, and Peter Angeh (6-4, 245) will lead the Bullis defensive line.
Circle these dates: Bullis will take on Landon Oct. 27 in a key IAC contest and then will face Georgetown Prep in a non-league game Nov. 9. Landon vs. Georgetown Prep is Nov. 2 in one of those throw-out-the-record rivalry games.
Good Counsel resumes its schedule with a contest against Gilman at home on Friday night and will play host to arch-rival DeMatha Oct. 5 at home.