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2010 Expectations

by MoCoFootball Staff on 09/01/10

Matthew Miller for MoCoFootball.com

The usual suspects on the Montgomery County high school football scene seem to be back to their typical selves.

In the 4A, Sherwood appears to still be the top dog with WhitmanPaint Branch and Springbrook right on their heels. Sherwood brings back an experienced squad with legendary Al Thomas back to patrol the sidelines as an assistant to his son Marc Thomas who embarks on his 1st year as a head coach. The Warriors will miss the services of running back Cyrus Britt but are deep enough that they should be able to overcome it. Regardless, Sherwood should vie for a number 1 seed in the 4A West region and has the team as well as the coaching staff to be able to make it back to the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium.

Whitman also has talent returning. Coach Jim Kuhn will rely on his son QB Henry Kuhn to lead the team once again. The Vikings should contend for a first round home game in the playoffs.

The Paint Branch Panthers did lose most of their best players from last years regional finalist team. Can the Panthers overcome the loss of QB Tracy Martin and WR Ivan Tagoe? Coach Mike Nesmith has running back Bene't Willis returning to carry the load. QB David Smith is the question mark. The Panthers will only go as far as he can take them. Paint Branch should battle for a playoff spot. Springbrook is back to prove that last year was not a fluke and they are here to stay. Running back Devon Pestano is as solid as they come, but the rest of the Blue Devils offense is in question. Expect Springbrook to have a good defense that will win a few games for them on their own. Springbrook should contend for the fourth playoff spot. Also contending for a playoff position could be Gaithersburg and Churchill. Gaithersburg brings back three-year starter at QB Zach Fetters to run the team. If the Trojans have a good year, he'll be the reason why. Churchill lost plenty of players but their triple option offense is always tough to defend. Will this year be more like their 7-0 start last year or will it end up like their 0-3 finish?

In the 3A, anything can happen. This is perhaps the most loaded region in the entire state of Maryland. Damascus, Quince Orchard and Seneca Valley are the projected top three teams. Damascus and Seneca Valley return a plethora of talent and both teams have huge preseason aspirations. Damascus has the best QB to WR combination in Connor Frazier to University of Virginia recruit Brandon Phelps. Will Damascus be able to make up the loss of running back Brian Lucas?

Seneca Valley returns QB Max Nicholson to lead the team. The defense will be the strength led by perhaps the best player in the County, defensive lineman Bernard Wolley. Can Fred Kim finally lead Seneca Valley back to the glory days?

Quince Orchard lost a lot of talent but has one of the best coaching staffs around led by Dave Mencarini. QB Drew Murphy might not be the best in the County, but he always makes the right decision. Quince Orchard will need him to have a big year to be a serious contender. Will the Cougars reload or do they need a year to rebuild? Anything short of a playoff berth and possible regional championship for each team will be a disappointment. Whichever team comes out of this region will be battle tested and will have earned it. Other contenders include: Clarksburg and Einstein.

Can Clarksburg overcome the loss of Andrew Veith? Where will their offense come from? As for Einstein, their program has been on the rise every year since Mike Bonavia took over. They will be improved, unfortunately it is in the region of doom!

Rockville RB Crusoe GongbayIn the 2A, Rockville is the team to beat. Running back Crusoe Gongbay is the best in Montgomery County. He should be able to lead the Rams to a home playoff game. Can the Rams take it one step further and win the region? Wheaton should be much improved behind the leadership of Joe Ortega who is in his second season as Head Coach. Wheaton is good enough to earn a playoff spot this season.


Playoff Predictions:
4A - 1. Sherwood, 2. Whitman, 3. Springbrook, 4. Paint Branch
3A - 1. Damascus, 2. Seneca Valley, 3. Quince Orchard, 4. Linganore
2A - 1. Rockville, 2. TBD, 3. TBD, 4. Wheaton

Awards Predictions:
MoCo Coach of the Year: Jim Kuhn, Whitman
MoCo Offensive Player of the Year: RB Crusoe Gongbay, Rockville
MoCo Defensive Player of the Year: DT Bernard Wolley, Seneca Valley

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