River Hill gets early nod; team previews, storylines


2021 HOWARD COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Defending champion (2019): River Hill
Longest tenured coach: Brian Van Deusen (22nd season)
Longest winning streak entering 2021 season: 5 – River Hill
Top player: Bisi Owens, Glenelg, Sr., quarterback
Team to beat: River Hill – The Hawks posted a 5-0 mark in the spring. Despite graduating two-way standout Zach Igwebe (Wake Forest), Van Deusen said the this fall’s roster possesses more speed and depth. 


ATHOLTON RAIDERS
2021 Spring record: 3-2 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: Eric Woodson
 


CENTENNIAL EAGLES
2021 Spring record: 2-3 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: Billy Martin
 


GLENELG GLADIATORS
2021 Spring record: 3-0
Coach: Tim Cullen
Players to watch: Dominic Magnolia, Sr., Offensive/Defensive line, 6-2, 230; John Masterman, Sr., Tight end, 6-0, 190; Bisi Owens, Sr., Quarterback/Free safety, 6-5, 210; Michael Robbins, Sr., Tight end/Defensive line, 6-3, 215; Ethan Sotka, Jr., Running back, 5-9, 175
Storyline: With one of area’s most dynamic players in Owens, Glenelg should be in hunt for Howard County title.


HAMMOND BEARS
2021 Spring record: 1-5
Coach: Will Bell
Players to watch: Kai Conaway, Sr., Offensive/Defensive line, 6-2, 255; Jordan Campbell, Jr., Quarterback, 6-2, 195; Kyle Jeffers, Sr., Offensive/Defensive line, 5-10, 250; John James, Sr., Wide receiver/Defensive back, 5-10, 145; Zach Johnson, Sr., Wide receiver/Defensive back, 6-1, 145;  Nathaniel Lamb, Sr., Running back/Linebacker, 5-11, 200; Daniel Ordonio, Sr., Running back/Linebacker, 5-10, 195; Austin Stewart, Sr., Offensive/Defensive line, 6-0, 285; Nick Thomas, Sr., Wide receiver/Defensive back, 6-2, 185
Storyline: Bears look to continue progression with 10 starters back.


HOWARD LIONS
2021 Spring record: 4-1 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: Ross Hannon
 


LONG REACH LIGHTNING
2021 Spring record: 1-4
Coach: Jamie Willis
Players to watch: Alexander Coffey, Sr., Quarterback, 6-1, 175; Conner Perrigan, Sr., Defensive end, 6-1, 180; Michael Reid, Jr., Linebacker, 6-1, 170; Daniel Ribalta, Jr., Athlete, 5-10, 195; Divine Rice, Sr., Wide receiver, 5-7, 140; Julius Saunders, Sr., Running back, 5-9, 195; Alexander Willis, Jr., Offensive line, 6-6, 335
Storyline: Led by Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 performer Saunders, Lightning have the ingredients for run at Howard County championship.


MARRIOTTS RIDGE MUSTANGS
2021 Spring record: 3-2 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: TJ Welsh
 


MOUNT HEBRON VIKINGS
2021 Spring record: 1-5 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: Shawn Frederick
 


OAKLAND MILLS SCORPIONS
2021 Spring record: 3-2 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: Tom Browne
 


RESERVOIR GATORS
2021 Spring record: 0-4 (click here for 2021 fall schedule)
Coach: Brian Cole
 


RIVER HILL HAWKS
2021 Spring record: 5-0
Coach: Brian Van Deusen
Players to watch: Karl Birzak, Sr., Offensive/Defensive line, 6-2, 210; Daniel Fahmy, Sr., Running back/Linebacker, 5-10, 190; Devron Johnson, Sr., Running back/Defensive back, 6-0, 170
Storyline: The Hawks may have the intangibles to remain on top in Howard County.


WILDE LAKE WILDECATS
2021 Spring record: 4-2
Coach: Brian Henderson
Players to watch: Sean Barnes, Sr., Running back, 5-9, 165; Kofi Boampong, Sr., Quarterback, 6-1, 175; Keondre Dorsey, Sr., Linebacker, 6-1, 205; Jordan Garnett, Sr., Linebacker, 6-0, 200; Enosh Minney, Sr., Defensive back/Linebacker, 6-0, 195; Conlan Pierre, Sr., Wide receiver, 6-4, 180; Eli Queen, Sr., Defensive line, 6-3, 230; Max Richardson, Sr., Defensive back, 5-7, 160
Storyline: Wildecats seek relevance in Howard County with Dorsey, a Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 pick, leading way.