Breakdown of Rams’ schedule

Deonte Banks (3) hopes to lead Edgewood football back to the Class 3A state playoffs in 2018. The senior wide receiver/defensive back is committed to the University of Maryland.

With practice for the 2018 high school football season a few weeks away, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

Edgewood Rams

2017 record: 8-4 (Class 3A North Region finalist)

2017 review: The Rams gained their first state postseason victory (defeated perennial 3A power Franklin in North semifinals) before losing to eventual state 3A finalist Milford Mill Academy. The Harford County school returns 21 letter winners in 2018 including two of the area’s best players in University of Maryland commit Deonte Banks (wide receiver/defensive back), and senior quarterback Antwan Banks.

2018 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2017): 59-50 (.541)

Toughest 2018 opponent: Linganore. The Lancers won the 3A state championship last season, and handled Edgewood during the regular season. The Frederick County school (No. 14 in final state media Top 25 poll last year) 27 letter winners scheduled back including senior quarterback Ryan Leyh and running back Davon Butler.

Most intriguing 2018 opponent: Havre de Grace. The Warriors won the UCBAC Chesapeake title and reached the Class 1A state semifinals last fall. The Harford County school will have back all-Chesapeake first-team quarterback Alex Gresock, and wide receiver/defensive backs Jordan White and Christian Penrow.

By a number: 11. Seasons between postseason appearances for Edgewood.

2018 schedule

Aug. 31 vs. Parkville (6-4 in 2017)

Sept. 7 at Linganore (12-2)

Sept. 14 vs. Joppatowne (0-10)

Sept. 21 at C. Milton Wright (7-4)

Sept. 28 at Elkton (8-3)

Oct. 5 vs. North Harford (4-6)

Oct. 12 at Aberdeen (3-7)

Oct. 18 vs. Bel Air (5-5)

Oct. 26 at Havre de Grace (11-2)

Nov. 2 vs. Fallston (3-7)