Preseason Top 15

High School Sports

Fall Preview

September 04, 2001

1. Gilman

Last season: 8-2 (2000 rank: No. 2)

The three-time MIAA A champion Greyhounds return most skill-position players, but face a tough schedule, which included a season-opening loss to DeMatha.

2. McDonogh

Last season: 10-0 (No. 1)

After winning four straight MIAA B Conference crowns, coach Dom Damico tackles a move up to the MIAA A Conference.

3. Broadneck

Last season: 10-2 (No. 8)

The Bruins look beastly on defense, where three all-county performers return to a team that reached the Class 4A state semifinals.

4. Annapolis

Last season: 11-2 (No. 3)

Annapolis lost a lot to graduation, but also returned county Offensive Player of the Year Eric Venerable.

5. Hereford

Last season: 10-1 (No. 6)

A defense that led the Bulls to their fifth straight state semifinal berth returns nearly intact.

6. Randallstown

Last season: 10-1 (No. 5)

The Class 3A Rams look ready to make their Baltimore County-leading 15th straight playoff berth.

7. Eastern Tech

Last season: 9-2 (No. 12)

Last year's Class 3A quarterfinalists return 15 starters as they drop to 2A.

8. Wilde Lake

Last season: 7-3 (unranked)

All-County lineman Pat Burns provides the anchor for perennial Howard County power.

9. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 6-4 (unranked)

The return of three quality receivers to an explosive offense makes Gaels, who opened 1-1, a threat.

10. Mervo

Last season: 8-3 (No. 14)

The defending City East co-champions return nine starters and an offensive line averaging 6-3, 275.

11. Glenelg

Last season: 8-4 (No. 9)

The 1A state semifinalists beat Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake last season, and look strong again.

12. Liberty

Last season: 8-2 (unranked)

The Carroll County champs are loaded again, and looking to reach the Class 3A playoffs that narrowly eluded them last fall.

13. Fallston

Last season: 8-2 (unranked)

The two-time Harford County champion Cougars return all three linebackers, a group of big linemen and a good field-goal kicker and hope to reach Class 3A playoffs.

14. Woodlawn

Last season: 6-4 (unranked)

The Warriors have 18 returning starters, including the entire defense, as they look to win the battle against county rival Randallstown.

15. Forest Park

Last season: 6-5 (unranked)

The Foresters have eight starters back on an offense that averaged 31 points.

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