2018 Elite Six Rankings, Preseasonby MoCoFootball Staff on 08/20/18
2018 MOCOFB ELITE-SIX - PRESEASON
DAMASCUS (16 1st place votes)
0-0. LY: #1
Damon: The Hornets are the 3x defending state champs, tied for the 2nd longest active winning streak in the nation at 42, have the MoCo preseason #1 player in the county (who also happens to be #1 recruit in the COUNTRY for the class of 2020), DE Bryan Bresee and the MoCo preseason #1 RB TD Ayo-Durajaiye. What more needs to be said?
QUINCE ORCHARD (1 1st place vote)
0-0. LY: #2
Damon: The Cougars are coming of of back to back 4A State Final appearances. The Doc Bonner era has ended. But if history tells us anything, QO doesn't rebuild they reload. QO returns Delawarecommit DB Aaron Green on defense. MoCo top returning rusher, Marquez Cooper, and MoCo top returning receiver, Brendan McGonagle, on offense.
0-0. LY: #3
Damon: After winning back to back state titles in 2013 & 2014 the Jaguars have failed to reach the semifinals for the last 3 years. That may very well change this year. NW returns 3 of the top skill players in the state in MoCo preseason #1 LB Isaiah Bishop and Pitt commits DE DeAndre Jules and 4.41 burner AJ Woods.
0-0. LY: #4
Damon: The Panthers are looking to build on a successful 2017 campaign where they made it to the 4A North regional finals. This year they return with MoCo preseason #1 QB, Norman Douglas Jrand a stout offensive line anchored by OL Jean Germain.
JAMES H. BLAKE
0-0. LY: NR
Damon: After a 1st round exit to eventual 3A champs, Linganore, the Bengals are not only trying to cement their status as one of the Elite teams in MoCo, but 3A statewide. Blake returns All-MoCo mainstay DE Max Tempchin along with, class of 2020 top recruit, OL Brian Hannibal.
0-0. LY: #6
JHB: The Rockets have been a formidable force in MoCo in recent years and I don't see why this year will be any different. They've definitely got some real challenges coming up this season starting week 2, so certainly they can't afford to lose the opener against Churchill.
Damon Anderson on Blair: The Blazers fell just short of making the playoffs in 2017. Boasting a strong defense led by Kent State commit DT Oly Okombi and MoCo preseason top 5 RB Christopher Watkins. Look for Blair to take another step forward this season. Key Games: Week 2 vs Quince Orchard, Week 4 vs Paint Branch
Jason Hamilton-Brown on Sherwood: This year is going to be an interesting one for the Warriors. They have a new head coach, but Olney has a pretty good talent pool over there. Will they be able to return to being a state power? Only time will tell, but they better not overlook the rivalry vs. Magruder in Week 1.
Matt Cohen on Wootton: Noelly Miller at quarterback for the Patriots is a position worth keeping a keen eye on. Miller is the county's best wide receiver, but he'll be replacing Grant Saylor at quarterback. Offensive coordinator Chris Papadopoulos has been a passing guru, running potent Wootton offensive units. Miller played QB on JV, and should find success this year.
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