Breakdown of Eagles’ 2017 schedule



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Dejuan Ellis is back at quarterback for McDonogh School football. The senior is verbally committed to Virginia Tech.

With practice for 2017 high school football season underway, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

McDonogh School Eagles

2016 record: 8-3

2016 review: The Eagles placed third in the area’s toughest league, the MIAA A Conference. The Owings Mills school (No. 3 in final VSN Top 20 poll) have 29 letter-winners back, led by quarterback Dejuan Ellis, a Virginia Tech University commit, and Penn State commit PJ Mustipher (offensive/defensive line).

2017 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2016): 81-44 (.648)

Toughest 2017 opponent: DeMatha Catholic. The Prince George’s County private school is the No. 1 program in the state, and has won four straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. The Stags, ranked No. 6 in USA Today’s Super 25 preseason rankings, have a mega-loaded roster with University of Maryland commits Austin Fontaine and Evan Gregory, John Morgan and Judson Tallandier (Pittsburgh) and junior wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams, a Top 100 prospect in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com.

Most intriguing 2017 opponent: St. Frances Academy. The Panthers had an amazing turnaround last fall, going from last place in 2015 to the MIAA A crown and area’s top-ranking. The east Baltimore school, led by four-star defensive end Eyabi Anoma, will be the team to beat in the MIAA A in 2017.

By a number: 19. Victories in MIAA A play the last four seasons, tops among MIAA A programs.

2017 schedule

Aug. 26 vs. St. Vincent Pallotti (10-2)

Sept. 1 vs. LaSalle College (7-5)

Sept. 9 at Bishop McNamara (4-6)

Sept. 15 vs. DeMatha Catholic (12-0) at Prince George’s Sports Complex

Sept. 23 at Malvern Prep (8-3)

Sept. 29 at Archbishop Spalding (9-2)

Oct. 6 vs. St. Frances Academy (10-2) at Patterson Park

Oct. 13 vs. Loyola Blakefield (5-6)

Oct. 21 at Mount St. Joseph (7-4)

Oct. 27 vs. Calvert Hall College (7-5)

Nov. 4 vs. Gilman School (2-9)