Breakdown of Bulls’ schedule

Joe Arigbamu is among the returnees for Hereford football. The Bulls reached the Class 2A North Region final last season.

by Derek Toney

With practice for the 2018 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 

2017 record: 8-4 (Class 2A North Region finalist)

2017 review: The Bulls reached the 2A North final and finishing second in the Baltimore County 2A/1A league. Seniors Joe Arigbamu (running back/defensive back) and linemen James Crane, Sean Roeper, Zach Barnard and Jack Marshall are among the returnees in 2018.

2018 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2017): 46-55 (.455)

Toughest 2018 opponent: Overlea. The Falcons accounted for one of Hereford’s two league losses last fall (Overlea won in OT), and the last two meetings have been decided by a total of 14 points. Overlea will have back one of the league’s top players in senior cornerback/athlete Jairus Cannon.

Most intriguing 2018 opponent: Chesapeake-Baltimore County. The Bayhawks won the 2A/1A league championship and reached postseason play for the first time sine 2011. Damein Coleman, a consensus all-league defensive back, senior quarterback Daniel Meredith and senior linemen Lance Askins, are among the key returning letter winners in 2018.

By a number: 19. Point differential in Hereford’s three regular season losses in 2017.

2018 schedule

Aug. 31 at North Harford (4-6)

Sept. 7 vs. Sparrows Point (6-3)

Sept. 14 vs. Kenwood (4-6)

Sept. 21 at Randallstown (4-6)

Sept. 29 at New Town (5-5)

Oct. 5 vs. Eastern Tech (5-5) at CCBC-Essex

Oct. 12 vs. Overlea (7-4)

Oct. 19 vs. Western Tech (3-7) at CCBC-Catonsville

Oct. 26 vs. Owings Mills (0-10)

Nov. 2 vs. Chesapeake-Baltimore County (8-3)