Panthers eyeing championship redemption

Julian Ganthier (3 with ball) and Osei Dixon are back for St. Vincent Pallotti. The Panthers reached the MIAA B Conference title game last year.

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.

St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers

2018 record: 6-5 (MIAA B Conference finalist)

Overview: The Panthers reached the MIAA B final last season, losing to St. Mary’s. The Laurel school should contend in 2019 with a pair of UMASS commits in senior cornerback/wide receiver Julian Ganthier (all-MIAA B pick in 2018) and senior Osei Dixon (defensive back/wide receiver) along with 2019 Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 selection and returning all-league pick Emani Alford (senior running back/defensive back), senior running back Mekhi McDaniels and senior defensive end DeVahn Newton (both all-MIAA B selections last season).

Toughest 2019 opponent: Calvert Hall College. The Cardinals will be a contender for the MIAA A Conference championship. Running back Sean Tucker, a Syracuse commit, senior wide receiver Cole Herbert (both 2018 all-MIAA A selections and 2019 Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 picks) and junior quarterback Amir Jenkins return for Calvert Hall’s offense and senior linebacker and Delaware State University commit Khalil Glover (Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 pick) will lead the defense.

Most intriguing 2019 opponent: St. Mary’s. The Saints defeated Pallotti in the MIAA B title game after losing to the Panthers in the regular season. The two-time defending  champ will led by center Will Berzins, a 2019 Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 pick after earning all-league honors last fall along with returning all-league performers Alex Wicks (running back) and Dhane Blair (defensive back) and BTC Super 22 linemen Keith Day.

By a number: 4. Win improvement from 2017 (2-8) to 2018 by Pallotti.

2019 schedule

Aug. 23 at West Toronto (Canada) Prep (0-9 in 2018)

Aug. 30 vs. Calvert Hall College (12-1) at Fairland Regional Park

Sept. 6 at John Carroll School (5-5)

Sept. 13 vs. St. Paul’s School (6-3) at Fairland Regional Park

Sept. 20 at Annapolis Area Christian School (8-2)

Sept. 27 vs. Severn School (2-7) at Fairland Regional Park

Oct. 5 at Archbishop Curley (2-8)

Oct. 11 vs. St. Mary’s (7-4) at Fairland Regional Park

Oct. 25 vs. Boys’ Latin School (4-6)

Nov. 1 at Concordia Prep (9-3)