Breakdown of Cavaliers’ schedule

Jayden Umbarger will direct Archbishop Spalding football’s offense in 2018. He’s committed to the Naval Academy.

by Derek Toney

With practice for the 2018 high school football season underway, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers

2017 record: 5-4

2017 review: The Cavaliers finished tied for second in the MIAA A Conference, but didn’t qualify for the four-team playoff. The Severn school returns 15 starters for 2018 including all-MIAA A performer Logic Hudgens, Navy commit Jayden Umbarger (quarterback) and junior two-way linemen Jahmeer Carter, who’s committed to Virginia.

2018 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2017): 70-39 (.642)

Toughest 2018 opponent: Good Counsel. The Montgomery County school is expected to contend for the title in arguably the nation’s toughest private league, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Falcons, ranked 22nd in USA Today’s Super 25, is led by Notre Dame recruit Cam Hart (wide receiver) and one of the nation’s best offensive lines with Mason Lunsford, Lucas Portes and sophomore Landon Tengwall, who has a verbal offer from Notre Dame.

Most intriguing 2018 opponent: St. Anthony’s (NY). The Long Island school reached the New York Catholic League final 3A last season, and is the Empire State’s top-ranked team by MaxPreps. Makhai Murphy (slot receiver/defensive back), Nick Espada (defensive back), Anthony DePaul (defensive line) and quarterback Greg Campisi highlight the Friar returnees.

By a number: 4. Teams from different states (Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York) Spalding will play in 2018.

2018 schedule

Aug. 31 at Good Counsel (8-3)

Sept. 7 vs. Benedictine College Prep (6-4)

Sept. 14 vs. Bishop Moore (8-3)

Sept. 22 vs. Archbishop Wood (13-2) at William Tennett (PA)

Sept. 29 at McDonogh School (6-5)

Oct. 5 vs. St. Anthony’s (9-2)

Oct. 12 vs. Calvert Hall College (7-5)

Oct. 20 at Friendship Collegiate Academy (8-4) at Anacostia (DC)

Oct. 26 vs. Gilman School (5-7)

Nov. 2 vs. Mount St. Joseph (6-4)`