Breakdown of Panthers’ 2017 schedule


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Wide receiver Tyree Henry is one of several key returning players for St. Frances football. The Panthers won the MIAA A Conference championship last fall.

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

St. Frances Academy Panthers

2016 record: 10-2 (MIAA A Conference champion)

2016 review: The Panthers went from winless in MIAA A play in 2015 to their first MIAA A crown and No. 1 area ranking. The east Baltimore school, which will have former longtime Gilman School coach Biff Poggi sharing coaching duties with Henry Russell, have a talented roster featuring Maryland commit Jaelyn Duncan, receiver Randy Fields (West Virginia) and senior defensive end Eyabi Anoma, the area’s top senior prospect.

2017 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2016): 63-49 (.563)

Toughest 2017 opponent: IMG Academy. The Florida private school, once known as a tennis training destination, has become a national prep football power (ranked No. 2 in USA Today’s Super 25). Senior defensive tackle Taron Vincent (committed to Ohio State), who played at Gilman as a freshman and sophomore, is one of eight Rivals.com Top 100 prospects on the Ascenders’ roster.

Most intriguing 2017 opponent: Archbishop Spalding. The Cavaliers finished second in the MIAA A last year, only losing to St. Frances in a thrilling contest at Patterson Park. The Anne Arundel County school graduated a talented senior class, led by quarterback and VSN Offensive Player of the Year Evan Fochtman, but will be explosive offensively again with all-league receiver Jamari Jones leading the charge.

By a number: 8. Win improvement from 2015 to 2016.

2017 schedule

Aug. 26 vs. West Toronto (Canada) Prep at Sugar Cain Field

Sept. 1 vs. Bishop Sullivan (7-3) at University of Maryland

Sept. 8 at IMG Academy (11-0)

Sept. 15 at Don Bosco Prep (6-5)

Sept. 22 at Calvert Hall College (7-5)

Sept. 29 at Loyola Blakefield (5-6)

Oct. 6 vs. McDonogh School (8-3) at Patterson Park

Oct. 13 vs. Gilman School (2-9) at Patterson Park

Oct. 20 at Archbishop Spalding (9-2)

Oct. 27 vs. Mount St. Jospeh (7-4) at Patterson Park

Nov. 3 at Silver Oak Academy (1-12)