DMV 2017 Top 50 Teams 30 to 21
30 – Colonial Forge Eagles (2016 Record: 11 – 3) Head Coach: Bill Brown, Conference: Virginia 6A
Coach Brown’s squad made it to the Final Four of the State playoffs after an 8-game win streak in the regular season. Senior QB Ethan Garwood will look to light up the score board again with Junior WR Joshua Sarratt and Senior RB Liam Kauthen after scoring 35.1 points a game last year. On the defense Seniors DE Mitchell Shinskie and CB D.J. Dennis plan to make passing a nightmare for offenses in Virginia 6A.
29 – Benedictine College Prep Cadets (2016 Record: 7 – 3) Head Coach: Greg Lily, Conference: VISAA I
The Cadets are coming off a second – place finish in the in the VISAA I powered by a dominate defense. The unit will be led by Pittsburgh commit OLB Wendell Davis Jr. and North Carolina commit DE Chris Collins held opposing offenses under 10 points in 6 contests a year ago. On offense Coach Lily will turn to future Midshipman RB Caleb Grimes and Junior QB Andrew Puccinelli to keep pace with best offenses in the state.
28 – South Lakes Seahawks (2016 Record: 12 – 2) Head Coach: Trey Taylor, Conference: Virginia 6A
2016 was one of the best seasons in South Lakes history finishing with a trip to the semifinals of the 6A playoffs. The Seahwaks offense ran over Virginia and will look the dynamic Senior trio of RBs Spencer Alston, Albert Mensah and QB Devin Miles to lead the way again. On the other side of the ball Sophomore FS Joseph Dagbe and Senior LB Kojo Kumi to lock down their opponents.
27 – Woodrow Wilson Tigers (2016 Record: 10 – 3) Head Coach: Mark Martin, Conference: DCIAA
The Tigers proved once again that they’re one of the top teams in the District of Columbia with a trip to the DCSAA Class AA semifinals. With QB Steven Williams Jr. at Old Dominion and WR Sean Savoy at Virginia Tech Coach Martin has a lot of offensive production to replace from 2016. It will be up to a pair of RBs Junior Amir Gerald and Senior Anton Reed along with Senior WRs Emon Fleming and Isaiah Hall to keep Wilson with the best the DCIAA has to offer.
26 – Walkersville Lions (2016 Record: 14 – 0) Head Coach: Joe Polce, Conference: Maryland Class 2A
In 2016 Coach Polce’s Lions ran the table and captured their first state title since the 1987 season thanks to a stifling defense. Returning to the unit which allowed 3.6 points per contest are Seniors LB Christian Policelli and FS Josh Polce. Senior RBs Ty Littleton and Tyler Gleason along with QB Billy Gant and SB Jacob Wetzel will look to match their production of 35.3 points a Friday night on offense.
25 – Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas (2016 Record: 7 – 3) Head Coach: Dan Paro, Conference: Interstate Athletic Conference
The Little Hoyas established themselves as a program to keep an eye on after pushing the Gonzaga to the limit during early last year. A defense which allowed 8.1 points per game in 2016 brings back Seniors FS Matthew Kane and LB Jonathan Haynes. On offense Senior QB John Ridgway will have his final chance to capture the Interstate Athletic Conference title.
24 – St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers (2016 Record: 10 – 2) Head Coach: Ian Thomas, Conference: MIAA B
The Panthers are a program on the rise loaded with young talent. After winning the MIAA B Conference last year they are in prime position to win again despite the graduation of Cameron Sullivan-Brown (Penn State), Jarret and James Patterson (Buffalo). The offense will be led by Junior WR Jelani Foster along with Sophomore RB Blake Corum and Freshman T Landon Tengwall. On defense, DEs Junior Korey McLeod and Sophomore Coziah Izzard will look to terrorize Quarterbacks throughout Maryland.
23 – L.C. Bird Skyhawks (2016 Record: 11 – 2) Head Coach: David Bedwell, Conference: Virginia 5A
2016 saw the Skyhawks made a run to the state quarterfinals thanks to a dominate defense. Coach Bedwel has Seniors CB Javon LaPierre LB Damontre Blowe , FS Lamar Davis and Junior CB Xavier Addison returning to the unit which held opponents under 10 points 10 times. On offense, a squad that scored at least 35 in 9 games brings back Seniors QB Marcus Banks, FB Emanuel Conway and Junior G C.J. Lynch. With all the returning pieces, the Skyhawks look set to make another deep playoff run.
22 – Mount St. Jospeh’s Gales (2016 Record: 7 – 4) Head Coach: Richard Holzer, Conference MIAA A
The Gaels are coming off a 7-win season which the make some noise in the MIAA A. With the graduation of QB Christian Carter (Jireh Preparatory Academy) the offensive load is going to be on Seniors RB Sam James, SB Juan Mendoza and WRs Matthew McDonald and Keyshawn Hailey. On defense Seniors LB Ryan Gorman, CB Joseph Jones and LB Sophomore Nate Slutzky will look to contain offenses in the Baltimore area.
21 – Appomattox County Raiders (2016 Record: 15 – 0) Head Coach: Doug Smith, Conference: Virginia 2A
Appomattox County has set the standard for Virginia public school football with their 30 – 0 record over the past two seasons. As Coach Smith’s Raiders go for their 3rd consecutive state title defense will play a significant role. After allowing 8.8 points a contest in 2016 the Raiders defense brings back Seniors CB De’Von Graves and SS Javon Scruggs. Coming back to an offense which averaged 45.3 points per game are Senior TE Drew Mann, Junior QB Jake Scott and Sophomore RB Cristian Fersuson.