Breakdown of Saints’ schedule

Marcus Marshall (8) is among the returnees for St. Mary’s football. The Saints won the MIAA B Conference championship last year.

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. Mary’s Saints

2017 record: 7-4 (MIAA B Conference champion)

2017 review: The Saints won their first MIAA B championship since 2008. The Annapolis school return 30 letter winners for 2018, including Will Berzins (offensive/defensive line), Grant Hines (linebacker), Cam Brown (running back/defensive end), Charlie Smoloski (line), Tommie McKoy (wide receiver/defensive back) and Cal Hadley (defensive back).

2018 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2017): 55-47 (.539)

Toughest 2018 opponent: Landon School. The Montgomery County school claimed a share of the Interstate Athletic Conference title and finished No. 7 in the final state media poll. The Bears feature two of the state’s top recruits in Boston College commit Jalen Williams (defensive back) and all-purpose performer Jelani Machen (Harvard).

Most intriguing 2018 opponent: Boys’ Latin School. The Lakers handed St. Mary’s its worst loss (20-0) last season, and should contend for the MIAA B title. The Baltimore City private school has arguably the league’s best player in defensive back/athlete Gio Biggers, who’s committed to North Carolina.

By a number: 5. Games St. Mary’s scored 35 or more points in 2017.

2018 schedule

Aug. 31 vs. Episcopal Academy (6-4)

Sept. 7 at Landon School (9-1)

Sept. 14 at Delmar (12-1)

Sept. 22 at Loyola Blakefield (1-8)

Sept. 28 vs. John Carroll School (6-4)

Oct. 5 at Archbishop Curley (2-8)

Oct. 12 at St. Paul’s School (4-5)

Oct. 19 vs. Boys’ Latin School (5-5)

Oct. 26 vs. St. Vincent Pallotti (2-8) at Laurel Regional Park

Nov. 2 vs Severn School (8-3)