Breakdown of Eagles’ 2017 schedule
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.
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)