Eagles look to soar again 

With Penn State commit Curtis Jacobs leading the way, McDonogh hopes to rebound in 2019. The Eagles went 3-6 last season.

With practice for the 2019 high school football season underway, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

McDonogh School Eagles

2018 record: 3-6

Overview: The Eagles won just one game in the MIAA A Conference last season. The Owings Mills school hope to rebound in 2019 with Penn State commit Curtis Jacobs (linebacker/wide receiver), senior quarterback Kris Jenner (Columbia), senior Giovanni Procaccini  (defensive back/wide receiver), senior Jackson Bonitz (running back/linebacker) and senior linemen Chase Kirol and Beau Bedard.

Toughest 2019 opponent: Malvern Prep. The Friars became first team in more than a century to post an 11-0 mark in Philadelphia’s Inter-Ac league. Quarterback Lonnie White, who’s committed to Clemson for baseball, will lead Malvern Prep along with seniors William Redden (offensive/defensive line), Brendan Flynn (offensive/defensive line, Issac White (wide receiver/defensive back) and junior Steven Rose (running back/defensive back).

Most intriguing 2019 opponent: Franklin. The defending Class 3A state champ Indians are arguably the area’s premier public program, with former McDonogh coach Dom Damico as their new defensive coordinator. The Reisterstown school returns quarterback Vernon Brown, Fordham University commit Mekai Felton (wide receiver/defensive back) and wide receiver/defensive back Xavier Cokley, a Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 performer who’s committed to James Madison.

By a number: 3. McDonogh’s losses last season by 6 points or less.

2019 schedule

Aug. 30 at Malvern (PA) Prep (11-0 in 2018)

Sept. 6 vs. Pennsylvania’s Berks Catholic (11-3)

Sept. 13 vs. Franklin (12-2)

Sept. 20 at Bullis School (7-3)

Sept. 27 vs. Green Street Academy (8-1)

Oct. 4 vs. Calvert Hall College (12-1)

Oct. 11 vs. Virginia’s Bishop Sullivan (5-3)

Oct. 19 at Mount St. Joseph (10-2)

Oct. 25 at Archbishop Spalding (7-3)

Nov. 2 vs. Gilman School (1-9)