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. John’s Catholic Prep Vikings
2016 record: 6-4 (MIAA C Conference champion)
2016 review: The Vikings claimed their first MIAA C title since 2013. Joey Keys (linebacker), Dennis Pittinger (center/defensive tackle) and Andrew Shanley (running back/safety) were all-league performers last season.
2017 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2016): 30-30 (.500)
Toughest 2017 opponent: Annapolis Area Christian School. The Eagles were denied of a title repeat by St. John’s in last year’s title game. The Anne Arundel County school should be in the championship hunt this season with all-league performers Sam Akinmukomi, Robert Johnson, Thaddeus “TJ” Stanfield (wide receiver/defensive back), Cameron Williams (wide receiver/defensive back) and quarterback Isiah Williams back.
Most intriguing 2017 opponent: John Carroll School. The Patriots will look to rebound and get back to the MIAA B postseason after winning the top prize in 2015. All-league linemen Cody Copinger and senior quarterback Qadir Ismail will lead the Bel Air school.
By a number: 4. MIAA C championships for St. John’s Catholic since 2007.
Sept. 1 at John Carroll School (1-9)
Sept. 8 vs. Friends School (2-7) at McCurdy Field
Sept. 15 vs. St. James (7-3) at McCurdy Field
Sept. 22 at Concordia Prep (0-0; didn’t field a varsity team in 2016)
Sept. 29 at Friends School
Oct. 6 at Annapolis Area Christian School (7-3)
Oct. 13 vs. Mount Carmel (6-3) at McCurdy Field
Oct. 21 at Maryland Christian School (7-5)
Oct. 27 vs. Annapolis Area Christian School at McCurdy Field
Nov. 3 vs. Mount Carmel at Eastern Regional Park