Preseason Top 15

September 03, 2002

1. Gilman

Last season: 6-4, ranked No. 3

With quarterback Ambrose Wooden and Co., the Greyhounds look to win a fifth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown.

2. Hereford

Last season: 13-0, No. 1

Nine starters return to the defending state champion Bulls' high-scoring offense.

3. McDonogh

Last season: 9-1, No. 4.

QB Trevor Williams leads a team that is 35-1 against MIAA A and B Conference foes over the past five seasons.

4. Old Mill

Last season: 8-3, No. 11

Several veterans hope to lead the Patriots to their fourth straight playoff appearance.

5. Calvert Hall

Last season: 7-3, No. 10

The team has a familiar look to it. The Cardinals return seven starters on offense and six on defense.

6. Meade

Last season: 10-2, No. 2

Transfer Hassan Muhammad II bolsters an already talented corps that last year reached the Class 4A state semifinals.

7. Joppatowne

Last season: 12-1, No. 5

Second-team All-Metro players D'Angelo Goffigan and Chris Robinson are among seven defensive returnees for the 2A state runner-up.

8. Eastern Tech

Last season: 9-2, No. 8

Junior QB Dietrich Wright brings quickness and athleticism to his position. The defense returns eight starters.

9. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: 7-4, No. 13

Behind two-way player Keon Lattimore and QB Nick Tanis, the Gaels will be their usual high-scoring selves.

10. Annapolis

Last season: 8-3, No. 12

With the trio of Darius Johnson, Demario Harris and Davon Watkins returning, the Panthers will again push for a 3A playoff berth.

11. Randallstown

Last season: 9-2, No. 14

The Breaux twins, Tommy and Terrence, make the Baltimore County 4A-3A champion a difficult obstacle to overcome.

12. Patterson

Last season: 9-2, unranked

The Clippers return 17 starters from their 4A quarterfinalist team.

13. Long Reach

Last season: 6-4, unranked

Justin Pruitt (6 feet 6, 325 pounds) and Ryan Pope (6-4, 290) are two reasons the Lightning could finally earn coach Pete Hughes a Howard County title.

14. Edmondson

Last season: 5-5, unranked

Now known as the Red Storm, the team just might trample city rivals with nine starters back on each side of the ball.

15. Woodlawn

Last season: 7-3, unranked

Three linemen who weigh more than 300 pounds each and four out-of-state transfers boost the Warriors' chances.

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