6. DeMatha Catholic
Location: Hyattsville, Md.
2016 record: 12-0
2016 Super 25 Final ranking: No. 4
The Stags have won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title for four consecutive seasons and play a national schedule that includes games at Bishop Gorman and St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) and a game at home against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A champion McDonogh (Owings Mills).
Two Maryland commits lead the way for DeMatha: senior DT-OL Austin Fontaine (68 tackles, eight sacks) and OL-DL Evan Gregory. Other key returnees include: Pitt commits DB Judson Tallandier II (45 tackles, three INT) and DL John Morgan; senior LB-TE Anthony Toro (73 tackles, four sacks); junior WR-DB DeMarcco Hellams (35 catches for 476 yards and six TDs); and sophomore RB Marshawn Lloyd (318 yards, five TDs).
The Stags gained two quality transfers in senior LB Mahlon Slaughter, an all-city player from Lincoln (Tacoma, Wash) and junior OL Khaydon Brooks from Rockbridge (Lexington, Va.). Look out for two sophomores in OL-DL Dwayne Allick Jr., who transferred from Xavier (Middletown, Conn.) and OL-DL Elijah Lastrap.
Former starting QB Beau English is now at Air Force, so the question will be whether junior Tyler Lenhart or junior Eric Najarian will get the starting nod.
8/25 at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
9/1 vs. Avalon (Gaithersburg)
9/8 at Franklin (Reistertown, Md.)
9/15 vs. McDonogh (Owings Mills)
9/22 vs. Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.).
10/6 vs. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
10/13 vs. Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)