Preseason Top 15

September 05, 2000

Gilman

1. Last season: 10-0, ranked

No. 1

Skinny: The Greyhounds have out-scored the opposition, 744-124, with 10 shutouts during their 21-game winning streak.

2. Randallstown

Last season: 9-3, No. 3

Skinny: The Rams rival Gilman in amount of veteran talent they return to a program that has reached the state semis two straight years and the playoffs a Baltimore County-leading 12 times.

3. Wilde Lake

Last season: 9-2, No. 10

Skinny: Maryland-bound second-team All-Metro Mario Merrills ranks among the nation's top recruits and leads perhaps the area's fastest backfield.

4. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 7-3, No. 14

Skinny: Receiver J. J. Outlaw's father played in the NFL; Keion Lattimer is half brother to the Ravens' Ray Lewis; and Pascal Abiamiri's brother plays at Maryland.

5. Oakland Mills

Last season: 2-8, NR

Skinny: Forced to forfeit five games last season after winning the 1A state title in 1998, the Scorps return plenty of talent, including all-county QB J. T. Rembert.

6. Edmondson

Last season: 12-1, No. 2

Skinny: Redskins return a 1,000-yard rusher, three of top six tacklers, and veteran linemen from 2A finalist.

7. Annapolis

Last season: 9-2, No. 11

Skinny: Two first-team all-county linemen and two other second-teamers return.

8. Patterson

Last season: 9-2, No. 8

Skinny: A huge line, a quality backfield and receivers have Clippers going for third straight City East title.

9. Old Mill

Last season: 7-4, NR

Skinny: Kelvin Collins ranks fifth among Maryland's top returning rushers, and FB-DL Kerry Blake (6-3, 250) leads way.

10. Hereford

Last season: 11-1, No. 5

Skinny: Bulls are 50-9 under sixth-year coach Steve Turnbaugh, with more speed than ever.

11. McDonogh

Last season: 8-1, No. 7

Skinny: Team's increased speed and size could mean a fourth straight MIAA B crown.

12. Catonsville

Last season: 8-2, NR

Skinny: The Comets return 13 starters, including Division I PK-P prospect Jeff Graves.

13. Milford Mill

Last season: 10-1, No. 3

Skinny: Baltimore County's defending 3A-4A champs start the post-Richard Johnson era (two-time All-Metro) behind FB Jason Price in quest of fifth playoff berth since 1993.

14. Dunbar

Last season: 7-4, No. 15

Skinny: Poets go after their seventh playoff berth in the past eight seasons with Division I OL prospect, Antoine Colvin, key veterans and those from unbeaten JV team.

15. Western Tech

Last season: 8-2, NR

Skinny: Sixth-year program is coming off its best season, and has 12 starters back after school-best, 75-player turnout.

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