That was my initial reaction to his St. Marys ranking. I believed that even though they were a very talented team this year, the team was overall very senior heavy. Almost their entire starting offense and defense were seniors. I believe that they return one starter on the line, a sophomore. They did have a very talented sophomore who returned kicks for them this year, it'll be interesting to see them next year.
St. Vincent Pallotti was very good this year, as they proved by beating the league champion St Marys and the runner up Severn. However, incompetent coaching lead them to lose against worse teams they should have beat. I've also heard that Bake Corum (number 1/24) will be transferring out to St Johns Catholic, Dematha or Saint Frances. If these rumors are true, it will be a huge hit for Pallotti as quite literally, he is their entire team. I've also heard that the Coach may be on his way out, as him and the administration don't exactly see eye to eye. If this move happens, I expect Palotti to not be as successful, even drop down to the C conference.
The rest of the B conference is confusing, as there is still a huge mess with transfers, new coaches and quite simply not knowing what team is going to step up.John Carolls head coach is departing the program, leaving an assistant coach with the head coaching position. John Caroll is graduating their starting QB Qadir Ismail (son of Quadry Ismail, he's committing to Villianova) as well as a good number of starting linemen (I suspect about 2-3). John Caroll does return 6'8" right tackle Ben Blessing, who is very talented. They will be interesting to see next year.
Curley was very senior heavy. They graduate almost every starter on offense and defense. I believe they will be at the bottem of the totem pole this year. They graduate a lot of playmakers such as their QB, their star linemen Stevon Brown (committed to Delaware) and another huge athelete on the team, Daekwon Hall. With not a lot of talent (but a lot of numbers), I do not see them being succesful at all next year.
BL is also one of those teams where they graduate a lot of seniors who are playmakers. The starting QB Branden Crouse (air force commit for lacrosse), one of their very talented running backs Devon Brewer (cornell commit) as well as 4 starters on the line, their are a lot of holes to be filled next year. However, the coaching staff is very good at Boys Latin, and I personally have no doubt that they will be relatively successful next year.
St. Pauls is one of those teams in who I personally have a lot of optimism for going into next year. They return their starting QB Leo Kelly (very talented pocket passer) as well as one of their running back Princeton Douglas (absolute dog) and another four year starter in Quizzon Tarver (very talented corner/slotback). They do lose some of their starting line, but I believe they will be very talented for next year, just based off of the people they return.
Severn is going to be a team in which I cannot really figure out how good they are going to be. Although they lose their pair of 6'5" wide recievers (Joel Mandish navy commit for lacrosse, may possibly play football and Jake Lilly, Johns Hopkins commit for lacrosse), and three starting linemen, a good part of their offense returns such as their starting QB Craig Stevens and Henry Rentz(navy commit for lacrosse). Because of the schools size (and the teams size: 200 males go to Severn, fields about a 30 man varsity team every year-team;school is smaller then every B and C conference football team), most of the starters on offense start on defense, and this is what killed them in the championship game vs St. Marys. I am very exited for Severn this year, and based off of my knowledge right now, I believe that this team can make some noise, even win the championship game.
Based off of what I know so far, here are my rankings:
1. St Pauls/Severn
2. St Pauls/Severn
3. Boys Latin
4. St. Marys
6. John Carroll
7. Archbishop Curley