Breakdown of Rams’ 2017 schedule


Christian Benford was an all-Baltimore County football selection last fall for Randallstown. The senior wide receiver/defensive back is verbally committed to Villanova.

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.

Randallstown Rams

2016 record: 8-3 (Class 2A North Region semifinalist)

2016 review: The Rams finished second in the Baltimore County 2A/1A league and qualified for postseason play for the first time since 2013. The Offutt Road school returns Villanova University commit Christian Benford, who was consensus all-league wide receiver last fall.

2017 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2016): 59-43 (.578)

Toughest 2017 opponent: Milford Mill Academy. The Millers finished second in the Baltimore County 4A/3A league and reached the 3A state playoffs for a fourth time in five seasons. Thirty letterwinners return for the Washington Avenue school, led by University of Virginia commit Ugo Obasi, the state’s top senior wide receiver.

Most intriguing 2017 opponent: Hereford. The Bulls enjoyed their best season since 2007, winning the Baltimore County 2A/1A crown and reached the 2A North finals. All-County punter/kicker Sam Wanamaker and wide receiver/linebacker Troy Tuvenson highlight more than 20 returning letterwinners for the Parkton school.

By a number: 5. Victories by shutout last season.

2017 schedule

Sept. 2 at Douglass-Prince George’s (7-3)

Sept. 9 vs. Loch Raven (0-10)

Sept. 16 at Milford Mill Academy (10-2)

Sept. 22 at Hereford (11-1)

Sept. 28 vs. Western Tech at Lansdowne (5-4)

Oct. 7 vs. Overlea (7-3)

Oct. 14 vs. Owings Mills (4-6)

Oct. 21 at Chesapeake-Baltimore County (5-5)

Oct. 28 vs. Eastern Tech (4-6)

Nov. 4 vs. New Town (6-3)