Head Coach: Paul Friel
Last Year’s Record: 2-8
First Game: (9/1) vs. Patuxent @ 7
Huntingtown is on the rebound from an extremely disappointing 2016 season in the inaugural season of Head Coach Paul Friel’s tenure with the Canes. The team only won one legitimate game against St. Charles and added another with the Northern forfeit. Fans were very discouraged and community that is accustomed to winning 7 to 9 games a year and making it deep in the playoffs was again let down for the second year in a row. Luckily for the Canes, Head Coach Paul Friel is a Houdini-esque coach who is known for taking terrible teams from the ground up and turning them into powerhouses or in Huntingtown’s case, turning them back into one. The Canes are young with a mostly junior team and only a handful of seniors, but do not count them out. The Canes also had some big transfers come back from private schools. With an already strong head start last weekend in a scrimmage win over annual 4A powerhouse Broadneck, Huntingtown is looking refined and ready to restore this team back to its former glory. Patuxent at home first game will be their first real test.
Head Coach: Steve Crounse
Last Year’s Record: 1-9 (Forced Forfeit)
First Game: (9/1) vs. Calvert @ 7
After a very scandalous 2016 season for the Patriots – with a forced forfeit of almost all of their games and firing of their head coach – Northern is on the rebound for sure. With the new additions of Head Coach Steve Crounse and his son, Reese, a phenomenal quarterback who led Patuxent to the 2015 2A State Title, Northern is geared up for greatness. Along with the running back combo of Xavier Harris and RJ Dennis and very strong secondary and wide receiver corps to go along with that, the Patriots are looking like a real SMAC and playoff threat. Crounse and his son look to bring big changes to the Patriots program to form them into a real title contender every year just like they accomplished at Patuxent. Even after losing big 4 star offensive lineman Jalyn Duncan to Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, the line still looks solid. A strong performance last weekend against a very athletic Westlake proved they are definitely capable of big things this season. They will just have to prove why they have been hyped so much this offseason with more strong performances and many wins this season. A home opener against 2A semifinalist Calvert will prove whether or not they can hold their own.
Head Coach: Rick Sneade
Last Year’s Record: 11-2
First Game: (9/1) @Northern @ 7
A 2016 2A semifinalist who came way out of the woodwork proved many people wrong last year, no one expected Calvert to be that good last year. They came out very strong just purely dominating teams last year and only losing one game in SMAC play, going through the playoffs winning 2 games before being beaten by eventual state finalist Elkton. 2016 was undoubtedly exciting and surprising for the Cavaliers. Sadly, most of their talent has left for play at the next level and the Cavaliers are focused on some rebuilding, but are not slowing down to wait. They want another breakout year with more wins and to eventually go farther in the playoffs and to win that state championship. Coach Sneade and his staff are excited about many of the younger talent coming up in the ranks and the future they have with the program. The senior leadership and talent on the team is also very fortunate for the Cavaliers as they are aware of where the team needs to be to reach their goals. The lines, secondary, and wide receiver corps should again be very dominant but big replacements at quarterback, linebacker, and running back leave big gaps in Calvert that will be hard to fill. Week one against an up-and-coming Northern will prove how good at rebuilding Calvert really was this offseason.
Head Coach: Nick Allen
Last Year’s Record: 10-2
First Game: (9/1) @Huntingtown @ 7
With the departures of Coach Steve Crounse and stud quarterback Reese Crounse to Northern, Patuxent Football has a lot of rebuilding to do. Remember they were a leading force in the 2015 2A State Title being brought back to Lusby. With the hiring of Head Coach Nick Allen, a Patuxent alum, the Panthers are in good hands. Although the Panthers lost many vital players to the next level, there is still a lot of talent available at Allen’s disposal. The line looks to continue its domination on both sides of the ball. Running back/defensive back Tazman Davis looks to lead the team with many carries and lockdown defense against the pass. Tazman was invited to The Opening competition series by Nike and has already racked up a lot of attention from many division 1 coaches and programs with an impressive camp circuit this summer. He is definitely a high caliber athlete who looks to do big things at the next level. But, with the loss of Reese Crounse and many seniors, the Panthers will be hurting at wide receiver and quarterback as well as big losses at linebacker and cornerback. But, through all of this adversity being thrown on them, Patuxent looks to overcome it to get back to a title march. A young Huntingtown will look to upset Patuxent in their first game, so they have to be ready to respond and prove they’re still the best in SMAC.