* Aberdeen (8-2) -- Coach Macon Tucker will be rebuilding; 17 players graduated, and just 7 return to the varsity. The Eagles, who move up to Class 3A, have a lot of speed on offense and should have a solid line. Returning are OT/DT Kevin Simons, OT/DT Ron Frank, HB/LB Mike Taylor, HB/DB Demont Blackman, HB/CB LeAndre Hinton, QB/S Tito Coley and FB/LB Adrian Wright.
* Bel Air (3-7) -- New coach Gene Blizzard is trying to turn the program around. The Bobcats should have solid defense, and that could translate into a better short-yardage offense. They could better last season's mark, but a winning record is still probably a year or 2 away.
* C. Milton Wright (12-1) -- Last year, the Mustangs went to the state Class 3A championship game, where they lost to McDonough (Charles County), 33-20. Coach Steve Harward's team is favored with Aberdeen and Edgewood to win the county league title. RB Chris Gill and SE Mike Weichert are the top offensive weapons. The offensive line should be strong with returnees Ryan Arist, Jason Joines, Corey Lambroff and Chad Bosley.
* Edgewood (8-2) -- Rams coach Kevin Reilly has a solid corps of returning players who give them a slight edge over the competition, especially on offense. The line isn't big, but it's experienced and there are some explosive runners in the backfield. Top returnees include OT/DT John Lamancusa, RB/LB Lawrence Worthington, QB/DB Keith Kimmel, RB/LB Corey Anderson and OG/NG John Mack.
* Fallston (3-7) -- Even though they haven't had a winning record in 5 years, Dave Cesky's Cougars could be the dark horse in the county league. Recently, injuries have spoiled their chances. The Cougars have dropped down to Class 1A this year. Among the top players is 6-5, 275 DT Brian Yeager, a Division I prospect.
* Havre de Grace (1-9) -- Every year, coach Tom Marron fights the numbers. This year he has 17 players, and only QB Jeff Graybeal and OT/DT Curtis Carter are back from last season. Unless Marron gets a lot of help from the couple of transfer students he expects to pick up this week, the Warriors are in for another long season.
* John Carroll (3-7) -- After a 13-year break, coach Jerry Gray returns to the Patriots. Gray, who coached the school's first varsity team in 1966, won't make too many changes, but he will put the ball in the air more. Key to the offense are OT/DL Marty Kuser, OT/DL Mark Lee, OT/DL Scott Bocek and OT/DL Dave Booth.
* Joppatowne (7-4) -- The Mariners reached the state Class 1A quarterfinals last year with some great individual play. This year, coach Karlis Larson's squad will have to be more team-oriented. With veteran QB/S Damon Davies at the helm and OT/DT Dan Reith, C/DT Bill Hadrys, OG/FB Mike Harris, OT Pat Watson and OG/DT Chris Carr returning, the Mariners could go back to the Class 1A playoffs.
* North Harford (3-7) -- First-year coach Lauren Lydic said his team has the talent to play with anyone in the county. What the Hawks don't have is depth and experience. It will also take the Hawks awhile to get comfortable with Lydic's system.