With less than two weeks before the start of practice for the 2014 high school football season, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.
Edmondson Red Storm
2013 record: 7-5 (Class 1A South Region finalists)
2013 review: The Red Storm lost a heartbreaking double overtime decision to eventual state finalist Douglass in the South finals. Edmondson is scheduled to have back 19 letterwinners, led by slotback/defensive back Daequan Hill, who could be the Baltimore City League’s best player.
2014 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2013): 52-54 (.491)
Toughest 2014 opponent: Dunbar. Despite a tumultuous offseason, the road to the city Division I title will again go through Orleans Street. The Poets, who’ve won seven of the last eight Division I crowns, will be looking to retrieve the Ben Eaton Memorial Trophy from the Red Storm on Halloween evening.
Most intriguing 2014 opponent: Patterson. The Clippers reached the 2A state semifinals last season, handing Dunbar its first region playoff loss. The Kane Street school is scheduled to have back 17 letterwinners this coming season.
6 – Number of shutouts Edmondson recorded last year.
Sept. 5 at Poly (6-4)…No team has won two straight in at least a decade.
Sept. 12 vs. Bluford Drew Jemison (1-9)…Red Storm won 38-6 last season.
Sept. 19 vs. Digital Harbor (8-2)…Rams have won last two meetings.
Sept. 26 vs. Reginald Lewis (4-6)…Edmondson won 34-0 last year.
Oct. 3 at Forest Park (2-8)…Foresters were shutout six times last season, including 14-0 decision to Red Storm.
Oct. 10 vs. Southwestern (1-9)…Edmondson shutout Sabers in 2013 (28-0) and 2012 (42-0).
Oct. 16 at Patterson (9-4)…No team has won two straight since Edmondson won 2006 and 2007.
Oct. 24 vs. City College (8-3)…Red Storm handed City its worst regular season loss since 2007 with 40-0 decision last fall.
Oct. 31 at Dunbar (9-3)…Edmondson handed Poets first shutout loss since 2006.
Nov. 7 at Mervo (4-6)…Red Storm have won eight in a row.