Friday, Aug. 31
AACS at Severn, 4 p.m.
Going through plenty of personnel changes, including the loss of quarterback Chris Chick, running back Josh MacPhearson and lineman Galen Evans, the Eagles are coming off their third consecutive conference championship and don't intend to change course. AACS has not lost a season-opening game since 2008. The Admirals, who reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference final, has Ben Priddy back at quarterback and several quick weapons.
Broadneck at Old Mill, 6:30 p.m.
The Bruins struggled through a youth movement in 2011 after an appearance in the Class 4A state semifinals, but rebounded from a 1-4 start to finish 5-5. Broadneck, which lost to 10-0 to Old Mill to start the season, outscored its opposition, 155-89, after September. With two state titles in three years, the Patriots have the longest active win streak in Maryland following a 14-0 season. But Player of the Year Rob Chesson and 10 defensive players graduated, so it'll be up to a roster full of new faces to carry on the tradition.
Arundel at Annapolis, 6:30 p.m.
Having made nine consecutive trips to the postseason under Anne Arundel County's all-time wins leader, Chuck Markiewicz, the Wildcats are looking for double digits. Quarterbacks Jack Gordon and Cooper Hibbs - both healthy - give Arundel an enviable dillema. Nick Good-Malloy will make his debut as the Panthers' coach, and he's eager to rebound from the program's worst season - 1-9 - in history.
South River at Chesapeake, 6:30 p.m.
With running back Lavon Chaney, quarterback Connor Cox and receiver
returning, the Seahawks could have one of Anne Arundel County's most potent offenses. Last season, South River averaged 36.2 points a game on its way to the playoffs. The Cougars welcomed new coach Rob Elliott with a 5-5 record last season, and led by Aaron Terry, they'll look to better that. Terry averaged 14 yards a catch last year and is Chesapeake's shutdown corner. The Seahawks doled out a 36-7 victory against the Cougars to begin 2011.
Severna Park at Glen Burnie, 6:30 p.m.
The Falcons missed the playoffs last season by a few points, but return quarterback Austin Stine, running backs Sal Misuraca and Calvin Green and No. 1 receiver Danny Fulton. There shouldn't be any problems putting points on the board this season. The Gophers have another new coach, Brian Henderson, but are coming off a 3-7 season in which they beat Broadneck and South River. Zeke Turner, who had a huge game against the Bruins, will try to fill the void left by Brandon Walker.
Meade at Southern, 6:30 p.m.
The surprise of Anne Arundel County last season, the Mustangs expect to take another step under Rich Holzer. They'll have to do it without Calvinaugh Jones - a dual threat on the run and returns - but Derrick Souder will be ready to make his presence known. The Bulldogs will run the ball once again this season, and DeJuan Neal, Travon Thomas and DeAndre Gross should get a bulk of the action. Southern is coming off its first losing season since 2008.
Kent Island at Parkside, 6:30 p.m.
The Buccaneers will miss Brady Dove, the main force behind its smothering defense that allowed 10.5 points during their best season in school history, which ended in the Class 2A state semifinals. Kent Island, which finished 11-2, squashed Parkside, 42-0, to start last year. The Rams, who finished 2-8, lost eight of their first nine games last season.
Frederick Douglass (PG) at Archbishop Spalding, 7 p.m.
The Eagles got off to a slow start last season, thanks, in part, to Archbishop Spalding's 21-8 victory in Week 1. They got a 94-yard kickoff return by Paul Harris in the fourth quarter to get to the Cavaliers. Frederick Douglass won 11 of its next 12 games and ended its season with a loss to Middletown in the Class 2A final. Archbishop Spalding is playing its first game without coach Mike Whittles, who died of pancreatic cancer in June. Longtime assistant Brian Propst and the rest of Whittles' staff returns, and the players want to prove their 7-4 record was not a fluke.
St. Mary's at St. Albans (Va.), 7 p.m.
The Saints have to replace Nate Lewnes, who rushed for nearly 1,800 yards, but Spencer Coyle returns at quarterback. St. Mary's, which missed the B Conference playoffs by a game, started last season with three straight wins - including a 26-14 mark on St. Albans. The Bulldogs won four consecutive games following the season-opening loss and ended with a 56-21 win over St. Stephen's/St. Agnes.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Northeast at North County, 6:30 p.m.
Eric Grantland is in his third year as the Eagles starting quarterback, and he'll be without Nick Marshall and Blake Russell for the first time. Northeast, which is hoping for a resurgence with a new stadium on the way, will rely on Andrew Rehmert and Matt Bougourd to lead the defense. The Knights need to start the season on a positive note after going 2-8 in 2011. North County, which was shut out three times last year, has quarterback Robert Jordan and running back Tavon Spears back. The defense, which allowed 33 points a game, should be in good hands with new coach Vinnie Elliott.