Elk­ton de­buts at No. 2

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By WHIG STAFF RE­PORT

The high school foot­ball sea­son opens tonight and that means the re­turn of the UCBAC Foot­ball Power Poll. An­tic­i­pate plenty of changes from week to week, with mar­gin of vic­tory and mo­men­tum fac­tor­ing into re­sults (2015 record in paren­the­ses).

1. Aberdeen (7-4) – The top of the power poll be­longs to the Ea­gles, who aim for a re­turn to the play­offs be­hind a se­nior quar­ter­back, a vet­eran of­fen­sive line and a ros­ter of tal­ented young play­mak­ers.

2. Elk­ton (10-2) – Bol­stered by the re­turn of 13 starters from last sea­son, in­clud­ing All-County Of­fen­sive Player of the Year Raiquon Estep, the foun­da­tion is in place for the Golden Elks to ex­pe­ri­ence an­other spe­cial sea­son af­ter they ad­vanced to the 2A East Re­gion Fi­nal a year ago.

3. Bel Air (9-2) – One year af­ter win­ning the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion, Bob­cats head coach David Huryk stated that re­build­ing may be in or­der as his team at­tempts to over­come the grad­u­a­tion of 20 se­niors.

4. Fall­ston (5-5) – The Cougars will be search­ing for a re­turn to the play­offs af­ter miss­ing out a year ago.

5. C.M. Wright (6-5) – The Mus­tangs re­bounded from a three-win cam­paign in 2014 to win six games and earn a post­sea­son berth last year. Can they build off that suc­cess?

6. Havre de Grace (11-4) – The War­riors have a tough act to fol­low af­ter ad­vanc­ing to the 1A State Cham­pi­onship a year ago. The grad­u­a­tion of sev­eral key se­niors from last sea­son’s team won’t make it any eas­ier.

7. North Har­ford (4-6) – This could be a re­bound year for the Hawks, who are com­ing off their worst sea­son since 2008.

8. Ris­ing Sun (6-4) – The Tigers shocked last sea­son by win­ning six games af­ter go­ing win­less the year be­fore. Now it’s time to see what they have in store as an en­core.

9. Edge­wood (5-5) – Af­ter open­ing the sea­son 3-0 last year, the Rams went onto win just two games over the fi­nal seven con­tests.

10. Har­ford Tech (55) – The Co­bras en­joyed their first non-los­ing sea­son since 2008 last sea­son.

11. Per­ryville (4-6) – Last year’s grow­ing pains should re­sult in a few more vic­to­ries for the Pan­thers this sea­son.

12. Bo Manor (5-6) – For­mer of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Graf has taken over the Ea­gles af­ter long time head coach Todd Shives stepped down fol­low­ing 19 sea­sons on the side­line.

13. Pat­ter­son Mill (1-

8) – A vet­eran core should help the Huskies re­bound from a one-win sea­son a year ago.

14. Jop­pa­towne (2-8) – Fol­low­ing a 2-8 cam­paign— the team’s fifth con­sec­u­tive non-win­ning sea­son—it’s hard to be­lieve the Mariners made the play­offs eight times be­tween 20012009.

15. North East (0-10) – First-year head coach Chris Sch­le­ich has in­sti­tuted a cul­ture change within an In­di­ans pro­gram that suf­fered through a win­less cam­paign a sea­son ago.

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