You are right on. GC has to pound the ball. They will have an elite OL and a power north-south RB. But I would just stacked the line against them, not sure their QB is ready for the big time.
You are also right about CHC. We will see though. They aren't known for getting the big boys upfront. They have skill players for days but means nothing without a line. And the also lost their line coach, so that's not going to help.
CHC needs to worry about the fact that MSJ and McDonogh will be looking to catch up to them next year. I think it's going to be a great conference next year, with Gilman again top dawg. But don't be surprised if MSJ stuns some people. They also need line recruits.
Sources are saying CHC backed out of the Patriot Classic in New Jersey to play Franklin. SPP is playing Gonzaga now.
2013 McDonogh School Football Schedule:
Week Sub-0 (8/24)- Bishop O'Connell (VA)
Week 0- Benedictine (VA)
Week 1- Haverford (PA)
Week 2- Penn Charter (PA)
Week 3- Georgetown Prep
Week 4- Mount Saint Joseph
Week 5- Calvert Hall
Week 6- Saint Frances
Week 7- BYE
Week 8- Loyola-Blakefield
Week 9- Archbishop Spalding
Week 10 (11/9)- Gilman School (98th Annual McDonogh-Gilman Game)
I think this is a great schedule of like-sized schools with similar academics that are all highly competitive on the football field. This is the earliest time I've ever know a McDonogh team to start competition. I've heard that McDonogh has a great recruiting class coming in this fall and I'm excited to see the team this year, I think Dom will have them playing great.
I was simply stating CHC is not content on relying on legacies or multiple sport athletes playing football in the off season of their prime sport to play OL anymore. The young men I referenced are a prime example of this.
Last edited by 92 Card; 02-21-2013 at 05:08 PM.
The MIAA A is so highly regarded that if McDonogh goes undefeated non-conference and wins the MIAA A, they'll finish no worse than 4th in the state. The only teams that I think would ever be voted above an MIAA A champion are 1. WCAC Champ without a loss to an MIAA team 2. undefeated 4A state champ 3. undefeated River Hill.
Bishop O'Connell (VA) (5-5 in 2012) is really ramping up their football program. They hired 2nd year HC Del Smith away from Bridgewater College (VA), where he was the LBs coach at a sucessful D-III program. They've been rapidly improving their schedule and are scrimmaging Gilman @ O'Connell 8/10 this year.
Benedictine (VA) (7-4 in 2012) is a highly regarded academic school with a competitive football program, losing in the first round of the VISFA playoffs. McD has played in their Winter basketball tournament the last few years. Football seems to be very important to them as MaxPreps has them with a varsity roster size of 133, with only 251 kids in the school.
Haverford (PA) (7-4 in 2012) is another highly regarded academic school from the Inter-AC league in Philly. McDonogh last played them in a home-and-home in 2009-10, winning both games. They are always a top-3 team in the Inter-AC.
Penn Charter (PA) (6-4 in 2012) is another Inter-AC school. McDonogh has played Matt Ryan's alma-mater 7 times since 2004, losing 4 from 2004-07, winning 2 in 2009-10, and losing in 2012. Penn Charter is a quality opponent that is becoming an out of state rival.
Georgetown Prep (5-5 in 2012) has been a good game for McDonogh. They've played every year since 2004 (McDonogh leads the series 6-3) and they've always been close games, including 3 straight years of 1 point games (2009-11).
Haverford, Penn Charter and Prep are all traditional games. O'Connell is still a WCAC team. Benedictine is a good game as well. There's something to be said about scheduling like-minded schools with similar sized student bodies that will also offer good competition on the football field. There's no need to be playing the Bishop Gormans of the world unless you're shooting for that Mythical National Championship
Last edited by GREYHOUND ALUM; 02-21-2013 at 06:27 PM.
I just glanced over the fact that 92 Card is ALIVE! Welcome back sir, It only took you almost 4 months to get over that Epic beat down Gilman put on your boys! Glad to see that you're well. Your boys are trying to take a book out of Gilman's play book and bring in some skilled OL players. Now the issue is whose going to coach them up?
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