Welcome to the 2013 Enoch Office/Varsity Sports Network preseason Top 20 football poll. VSN ranks the top teams in the Baltimore region which covers public and private schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County and Howard County.

As we progress towards the regular season, we will countdown our 2013 Enoch Office/VSN Football Preseason Rankings from No. 20 all the way to No. 1.

4. Old Mill Patriots (click link for video / photos)

2012 record: 9-3 (Class 4A East Region finalists)

Coach: Chad McCormick (3rd season, 23-3)

Returning starters – 11

Key returning starters – Evan Connor, Sr., defensive line, 5-9, 205; Donovan Franklin, Jr., running back/linebacker, 5-10, 177; Marvin Hayes, Sr., tight end/defensive line, 6-1, 205; Marcus Hicks, Sr., 5-11, 175; Brady Ludwig, Jr., quarterback, 6-0, 170; Aqeel Mooring, Sr., running back/strong safety, 5-9, 160; Rakeem Owens, Sr., cornerback, 5-7, 145; Anthony Parks, Sr., offensive line, 6-0, 285; Josh Piper, Sr., cornerback, 5-8, 165; Matt Powell, Sr., offensive line, 5-9, 280; Devin Salisbury, Sr., wide receiver/running back, 5-7, 160

Key returning players – Adam Albrecht, Sr., offensive line, 6-1, 298; Evan Dunn, So., offensive line, 5-11, 205; Noah Fitzgerald, Jr., linebacker/tight end, 6-1, 180; Brady Hannon, Sr., kicker, 6-2, 210; Malik Hicks, Jr., linebacker, 5-10, 200; John Kim, Sr., fullback/inside linebacker, 5-7, 190; Daniel Lee, Sr., offensive line, 6-0, 240; David Salmon, Sr., linebacker, 5-10, 150; Anthony Scott, Jr., defensive line, 6-1, 355; Robert Sparks, Sr., offensive line, 6-1, 268;
Ian Tapscott, Sr., offensive line, 6-0, 220; Tyquan Taylor, Sr., defensive line, 6-0, 180; James Venerable, Jr., linebacker/defensive end/defensive back, 5-10, 180

Key newcomers – Pete Boone, So., running back, 5-7, 160; Floyd Clark, Jr., defensive line, 5-7, 260; Evan Dunn, So., offensive line, 5-11, 255

Outlook – Despite graduating 26 seniors off last fall’s roster, Old Mill returns an experienced nucleus, looking for a third state Class 4A championship in five seasons. The Patriots were denied a chance at a repeat by Meade in the East Region finals.

The Millersville school have Ludwig back to lead the offense with Marcus Hicks, Franklin and Salisbury in the backfield. Malik Hicks and Kim will share fullback duties. Salisbury will also serve as the main receiving threat.

McCormick said the line, which graduated David Dunn and Mike Fulton is still developing with Sparks, Evan Dunn, Connor, Lee and Powell. Albrecht started the first four games last year before a broken leg ended his season.

The Patriots placed second at the Ravens’ 7-on-7 Passing Tournament earlier in the summer. McCormick said inopportune turnovers hurt Old Mill last year.

“We had a ton of ball security issues, we just didn’t take care of the ball,” said McCormick. “We’ll do a better job because the kids are more experienced and focused.”

McCormick will look to Connor to guide the defensive front with Clark, Scott and Taylor, who moves from linebacker. Malik Hicks, Mooring and Franklin, who won the Anne Arundel County indoor track title in the 55-meter dash.

Old Mill will have Marcus Hicks, one of the area’s best defenders, anchoring  the secondary. Hicks, who being recruited by Fordham, Miami (Ohio) and Pittsburgh, had 76 tackles, six interceptions and five forced fumbles in 2012.

The Patriots’ defense will need to be in midseason form with explosive offenses in Arundel and Meade in the first four weeks along with South River, which reached the Class 4A East Region playoffs last season and Broadneck, which barely missed the state postseason.

“We were a game short with a pretty young roster,” said McCormick, who leads an Old Mill program that has made 14 consecutive postseason appearances. “Our expectations are always the same – make a deep run in the state playoffs.

2013 schedule

chad mccormickSept. 6 at Broadneck (7-3)…Patriots have won last three decisions.

Sept. 12 vs. Arundel (10-1)…Wildcats tattooed Old Mill with 66 points in victory last year.

Sept. 20 at Meade (10-3)…Rematch of last year’s Class 4A East Region finals.

Sept. 28 vs. South River (8-3)…Patriots avenged 36-35 loss to Seahawks with week 10 with 21-7 decision in Class 4A East Region semifinals last season.

Oct. 4 at Annapolis (1-9)…Old Mill has won last seven meetings.

Oct. 11 at Northeast (1-9)…Patriots have won last three matches by 135-0 margin.

Oct. 17 vs. Glen Burnie (3-7)…Old Mill has outscored Gophers, 192-12, over last four meetings.

Oct. 25 at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (6-4)…Patriots won, 56-6, in last meeting in 2008.

Nov. 1 vs. North County (1-9)…Old Mill has won last four decisions, three by shutout.

Nov. 8 vs. Severna Park (4-6)…Patriots last lost to Falcons in 2008.