@ Mt. St. Joseph (August 25, 1:00 PM)
@ Landon (August 31, 4:00 PM)
vs. Georgetown Prep (September 8, 2:00 PM)
vs. St. John’s (September 22, 2:00 PM)
vs. Gonzaga (September 29, 2:00 PM)
@ Bullis (October 6, 7:00 PM)
@ Good Counsel (October 12, 7:00 PM)
@ Bishop O’Connell (October 20, 2:00 PM)
vs. Archbishop Carroll (October 27, 3:00 PM)
@ DeMatha (November 3, 2:30 PM)
LAST YEAR’S RECORD
3-7, 1-5 in WCAC
QB: Milan Collins (Sr.) – Collins will be looking to end his high school football career out strong, as it has been a long road from his winless sophomore season to this season, where the team has all the makings of a WCAC sleeper.
“Three-year starter, he’s been in the system,” Bishop McNamara head coach Bryce Bevill said. “You get to this point in your career, the game gets a little bit slower, and you have a real good fundamental grasp of what we’re doing. I expect him to have a solid senior season for us at quarterback.”
Collins has already committed to Maryland, and with a 4.53 40-time, the Terrapins are reportedly expecting him to play defensive back for them at some point in the future.
DB: Jordan Martin (Sr.) – Martin will be Collins’ primary target offensively, and play cornerback on defense. He’s already fielded offers from Hawaii, Massachusetts, Ohio and Old Dominion and is drawing interest from a few larger schools such as North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.
LT: Damian Prince (Jr.) – Prince anchors an offense in which nine of last season’s starters are coming back. The offensive line will be tasked with opening up holes for running back Adam Gillis. Although most recruiting services wait until senior year to rank recruits, it is highly likely that Prince will be one of the most sought after recruits in all the land, regardless of position.
Entering into this, his junior year, he’s already fielded offers from schools such as Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State, Iowa and Virginia Tech.
October 6th @ Bullis
The Mustangs visit the Bulldogs, who went undefeated in their league last year and went 9-1 on the season. If McNamara can pull out a win, they will have established themselves as a team that could potentially make noise in the final two-thirds of their WCAC slate with games against Good Counsel, Bishop O’Connell, Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha.
With 18 returning starters throughout the roster and a three-year starter at quarterback, it would certainly seem like the situation is ripe for the Mustangs to turn heads this year. It’s a dynamic that Bevill certainly understands
“We have a lot of guys who have been in the system for three years,” Bevill said. “They’ve come a long way to improve on what we did two years ago, when we went 0-10.”
September 8th vs. Georgetown Prep
Even though the Little Hoyas struggled in the MIAA before departing after the 2011 season, they’ve still proven to be a tough opponent to their non-conference schedule. Even moreso than the early games against Landon and Mt. St. Joseph’s, the Mustangs have a chance to make a statement early in the season.
October 27th vs. Archbishop Carroll
For the Mustangs to achieve their goal of reaching at least .500 this season, they’ll need to win more than one game within the WCAC. This game against Carroll marks their tilt against the team that finished one spot ahead of them last season.
GOALS FOR THE SEASON
“The first goal is to accomplish a winning season. I think that’s something that’s feasible this year, and I think that has to be a goal of our team and our fans.”
-Bryce Bevill, Bishop McNamara Head Coach
BISHOP MCNAMARA ON THE NEXT LEVEL
Everyone who read the Jordan Martin section and thought that it was odd to see Hawaii offering anyone on the eastern seaboard needs to get over their surprise.
The Warriors, who currently have as many players from Australia as they do from the Eastern United States (three apiece), are making a more concerted effort in the D.C. area.
That is because they hired Daronte’ Jones. Jones is a Bishop McNamara alumnus himself, and spent time coaching in both the college ranks and the CFL.
Jones has been very aggressive in Maryland, as Hawaii has offered eight members of the Class of 2013 from the D.C. and Maryland area, according to Scout.com.
“I’m going to take it a step further. I’m going to say this: Bishop McNamara’s entire football program is on the spot. Having the number of starters that we have, the returning experience at quarterback, the solid offensive line and solid defensive line coming back, the entire football program is on the spot. From myself to the coaching staff, all the way down to the trainer. All the way to the equipment managers. I think we’re all on the spot.”