With a few weeks before the start of practice for the 2012 high school football season, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.
Boys’ Latin School Lakers
2011 record: 5-7 (MIAA B Conference finalist)
2011 rewind: The Lakers made a late run last season qualifying for the league playoffs with victory in week 10 and upsetting top-seeded Archbishop Curley to reach the title game. The Lake Avenue school graduated all-MIAA B performers Greg Pyke (University of Georgia), Brandon Cherry and Dequan Siggers, but have 29 letterwinners slated back in 2012.
2012 opponents’ win/loss record: 56-38 (.596)
Toughest 2012 opponent: Annapolis Area Christian School. The Eagles have ascended from a fledging MIAA C start-up six seasons ago into B champions last season, capped with a 46-13 romp over the Lakers in the finals. The Odenton school has 34 letterwinners scheduled including All-MIAA B selection Demetrius Johnson.
Most intriguing 2012 opponent: Catonsville. The Comets were arguably the surprise team in 2011, reaching the state Class 4A semifinals. The Baltimore County school won’t be sneaking up on opponents this year, especially with University of Maryland-bound running back DeAndre Lane.
By a number: 17. Total margin in three losses last season.
Aug. 31 vs. Catonsville (12-1 in 2011)…Comets won, 27-6, in last year’s season opener.
Sept. 8 at Maryland Christian (10-3)…Bel Air program defeated Lakers, 16-15, for second win over MIAA B program (beat Archbishop Curley in 2010) in as many seasons.
Sept. 14 at Severn School (8-3)…Lakers have won last two meetings by combined 92-20.
Sept. 21 at St. Vincent Pallotti Prep (2-8)…Boys’ Latin has won last four decisions.
Sept. 29 vs. Annapolis Area Christian School (10-2)…Eagles outscored Lakers, 74-42, in two wins last year.
Oct. 6 vs. The Kiski School (2-6)…First meeting with Pennsylvania program.
Oct. 12 at St. Mary’s (6-4)…Boys’ Latin has won last two of three meetings.
Oct. 19 at John Carroll School (6-4)…Patriots suffered lone shutout in 2011 to Lakers (7-0) last year.
Oct. 26 vs. Archbishop Curley (7-4)…Friars won last year for first regular season win over Boys’ Latin since 2008.
Nov. 2 vs. St. Paul’s School (5-4)….Lakers held Crusaders to no touchdowns for first time since 2007 with 6-0 decision last fall.