Cougars hoping to make history again

Alonzo Wilkes, a senior wide receiver/defensive back, should have a big season for Chesapeake-Anne Arundel in 2019. The Cougars reached the Class 3A state semifinals last year.

With practice for the 2019 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.

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel Cougars

2018 record: 9-4 (Class 3A state semifinalist)

Overview: The Cougars made their first state semifinal last year, losing to Frederick County’s Linganore. The Anne Arundel County school graduated a huge senior class, but rising seniors Alonzo Wilkes (wide receiver) and Marcus Neal (defensive back) will try to keep the momentum intact.

Toughest 2019 opponent: Broadneck. The Bruins won the Anne Arundel County championship for the second straight season last fall.  The Cape St. Claire school graduated a talented class including record-breaking wideout Ethon Williams (Boston College) and linemen Caelan Shepard (Buffalo), but returns all-Anne Arundel wide receiver Andre Woods (Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 pick) and sophomore quarterback Josh Ehrlich.

Most intriguing 2019 opponent: Arundel. The Wildcats victory) and finished second in the Anne Arundel standings last season. The Gambrills school will return arguably the league’s best player in senior quarterback Austin Slye.

By a number: 4. Winning seasons for Chesapeake-AA under coach Rob Elliott, who was a player on the first winning season in Chesapeake history in 1985.

2019 schedule

Sept. 6 vs. Largo (3-7 in 2018)

Sept. 13 at Randallstown (5-5)

Sept. 20 vs. Severna Park (5-5)

Sept. 28 at St. Paul’s School (6-3)

Oct. 4 vs. Arundel (9-2)

Oct. 11 at Broadneck (10-1)

Oct. 18 vs. Southern (0-10)

Oct. 25 vs. Meade (4-6)

Nov. 1 at Northeast (7-4)