Breakdown of Bulls’ 2017 schedule

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Ric Evans has won 25 games in his first three seasons as Hereford football coach. The Bulls won the Baltimore County 2A/1A crown last year.

With practice for 2017 high school football season underway, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

Hereford Bulls

2016 record: 10-1 (Class 2A North finalist/Baltimore County 2A/1A champion)

2016 review: The Bulls (No. 16 in final VSN Top 20) enjoyed their best season since 2007 (went 13-1 and reached 3A state final). All-County punter/kicker Sam Wanamaker and wide receiver/linebacker Troy Tuvenson highlight more than 20 returning letter-winners for the Parkton school.

2017 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2016): 51-48 (.515)

Toughest 2017 opponent: Overlea. The Falcons gave Hereford its toughest game last fall en route to the 2A North playoffs. Fourteen letterwinners are scheduled back, led by All-County offensive linemen Shaquin Meredith.

Most intriguing 2017 opponent: Eastern Tech. The Mavericks start a new era with Bill Brinegar replacing Marc Mesaros, who stepped down after 14 seasons last January. Jaylin Scott (wide receiver) and Darius Adams (defensive back) will key the Mace Avenue school this coming season.

By a number: 9. Games Hereford allowed seven or fewer last season.

2017 schedule

Sept. 2 vs. North Harford (7-4 in 2016)

Sept. 8 at Sparrows Point (2-8)

Sept. 15 at Kenwood (3-6)

Sept. 22 vs. Randallstown (8-3)

Sept. 28 vs. New Town (6-3)

Oct. 6 vs. Eastern Tech (4-6)

Oct. 13 at Overlea (7-3)

Oct. 20 vs. Western Tech (5-4)

Oct. 27 at Owings Mills (4-6)

Nov. 4 at Chesapeake-Baltimore County (5-5)