With a few weeks before the start of practice for the 2011 high school football season, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney and Brandon Hopp takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

Douglass Ducks

2010 record: 8-3 (Class 2A North Region semifinalists)

2010 rewind: An afterthought for several years, Douglass was one of the biggest surprises last fall, reaching the state playoffs for the first time and was runner-up in the Baltimore City Division II standings. A repeat could be tough in 2011 with dual threat quarterback Carlos Croslin graduated and the Ducks in Division I with the likes of Dunbar, Poly and Patterson.

2011 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2010): 60-50 (.545)

Toughest 2011 opponent: Dunbar. The defending Class 1A state champ Poets will be again the team to beat in Division I. The east Baltimore school is 34-2 against Baltimore City regular season competition over the past four seasons.

Most intriguing 2011 opponent: Patterson. The Clippers were co-champs in Division I and reached the Class 4A North Region finals. Patterson graduated all-everything QB Aaron Overton but Aquille Carr, the area’s best basketball player, is primed to take to the gridiron.

By a number: 7. Three-year win total by Douglass before last season’s 8-win campaign.

2011 schedule

Sept. 3 at Milford Mill (4-6)…First non-Baltimore County contest for Millers since 2004

Sept. 9 at City College (8-4)…Rematch of region playoff match won by City, 46-20

Sept. 16 at Edmondson (6-4)…First meeting since 2007

Sept. 23 vs. Patterson (10-2)…Clippers won previous meeting, 16-14, in 2007

Sept.  30 at Poly (7-3)…Ducks lost prior meeting in 2007

Oct. 7 vs. Southwestern (3-7)…Sabers were one of four teams shutout by Douglass last season

Oct. 14 vs. Dunbar (13-1) at Poly Complex…Poets won 50-0 in 2008 and 47-0 in 2007

Oct. 20 vs. Carver Vo-Tech (4-6)…Ducks scored season-high 50 points in win last year

Oct. 28 vs. Digital Harbor (1-9)…First meeting since 2005

Nov. 4 at Mervo (2-8)…Mustangs won 20-6 in last meeting in 2007