Elkton debuts at No. 2
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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