Breakdown of Panthers’ 2017 schedule


Caleb Robinson returns at running back for Perryville football. The Panthers reached the Class 1A playoffs last season.

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.

Perryville Panthers

2016 record: 5-6 (Class 1A East Region semifinalist)

2016 review: The Panthers rebounded from an 0-3 start to reach the 1A state playoffs. The Cecil County school has 17 letter-winners scheduled back in 2017 including all-Cecil wide receiver Billy Boyer and junior lineman Liam Johnson.

2017 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2016): 39-66 (.371)

Toughest 2017 opponent: Havre de Grace. The Warriors have reached the past two Class 1A final and last season, was tri-champ in the UCBAC Chesapeake. The Harford County school returns 16 letterwinners including all-league performers Jordan Day (wide receiver/defensive back), linemen Reggie Marks, linebacker Sean Greeley and kicker Clay Harris.

Most intriguing 2017 opponent: Largo. The Lions play in the Prince George’s County league, arguably the toughest public league in Maryland. Versatile quarterback Jermaine Flowers will lead the Upper Marlboro school.

By a number: 28. Average margin in Perryville’s three-game winning streak to end regular season.

2017 schedule

Sept. 2 at Pikesville (1-9)

Sept. 8 vs. Largo (6-4)

Sept. 15 vs. Havre de Grace (10-3)

Sept. 22 vs. Morrisville (2-9)

Sept. 29 at Rising Sun (2-8)

Oct. 6 vs. Joppatowne (3-7)

Oct. 13 at Patterson Mill (3-7)

Oct. 19 vs. Harford Tech (5-5)

Oct. 27 at North East (0-10)

Nov. 3 vs. Bohemia Manor (7-4)