Breakdown of Vikings’ schedule

St. John’s Catholic Prep football hopes junior quarterback Wylan Harich can lead it back to the MIAA C championship game. The Vikings last won the title in 2016.

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.

St. John’s Catholic Prep Vikings

2017 record: 5-6 (MIAA C Conference finalist)

2017 review: The Vikings reached the MIAA C final for the third straight season and four of the past five. The Frederick school return 20 letterwinners, including all-league linemen Michael Haley and quarterback/defensive back Wylan Harich.

2018 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2017): 29-37 (.439)

Toughest 2018 opponent: Annapolis Area Christian School. The Eagles won their second MIAA C title in three seasons last fall. The Severn school has 22 letterwinners scheduled back in 2018, led by all-league performers Sam Akinmukomi (running back), junior quarterback Ryan Idleman, senior wide receiver Thaddeus Stanfield and senior Joey Dixon (wide receiver).

Most intriguing 2018 opponent: Concordia Prep. The Saints return to MIAA C play and should challenge for the championship. Senior wide receiver/defensive back James Mickens and defensive linemen Michael Smith are expected to be impact performers for the Towson school.

By a number: 16. Point differential in St. John’s Catholic’s two losses to Annapolis Area Christian in 2017.

2018 schedule

Aug. 31 vs. Hampton (VA) Road Generals (8-2) at McCurdy Field

Sept. 7 vs. Concordia Prep (4-6) at McCurdy Field

Sept. 14 vs. Mount Carmel (3-6) at Eastern Regional Park

Sept. 21 at Hancock (3-6)

Sept. 28 vs. Annapolis Area Christian School (8-2) at McCurdy Field

Oct. 6 at George School (2-6)

Oct. 13 at Concordia Prep (4-6)

Oct. 19 vs. Mount Carmel (3-6) at McCurdy Field

Oct. 27 vs. Valley Forge (PA) Military Academy (1-9)

Nov. 3 at Annapolis Area Christian School (8-2)