High-SchoolWashington-DC: Rankings

The Wise guys are looking up in this week's Greater D.C. Stock watch

October, 12, 2011
It's All-Area Stock Watch time again when we put the area's top teams and players under a microscope to see who is Doin' Work by meeting or exceeding expectations and who is Falling Back by failing to live up to their individual hype or team ranking.

Doin' Work — Wise
Losing a player the caliber of senior RB Uriah Bethea might cripple some offenses, but the Pumas were able to tread water without him to keep pace with No. 8 Eleanor Roosevelt in Prince George's County play. With Bethea sidelined by a high ankle injury, junior Chase Powell stepped up with a pair of 100-yard efforts as Wise beat Bowie and Northwestern by a combined score of 51-22. Wise has a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch and with Bethea rounding back into his preseason All-Area form, look for this team to make a deep run in the postseason.

Falling Back — Urbana
It's hard to get a read on just how good the 2011 Urbana Hawks are. The team appeared to have things in order after a surprising opening-season loss to Westlake by outscoring Westminster and Century 85-14 to move to 2-1 on the fall. The roller coaster year continued, though, as they dropped the next two games to fall under .500. Last week's win at Thomas Johnson pulled Urbana's record to an even 3-3 with four games to play (three on the road). The road to a repeat in Class 4A will be tough, but having ESPN All-Area senior DL Colton Kmetz and senior QB Michael Spahr around should help elevate the play of the team down the stretch.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

Juniors take center stage in this week's stock watch

September, 22, 2011
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game.

UP — Zach Bradshaw, Damascus, WR
This junior has made his presence felt all over the field to help fuel Damascus' 3-0 start this fall. Against Wootton last week, the junior opened the scoring with an electric 89-yard punt return. Bradshaw went on to haul in four passes for 46 yards and a pair of scores, including a one-handed 8-yard grab, to lead the Hornets to a 49-12 win.

DOWN — Aaron Wells, River Hill, RB
The Hawks lost their first game of the young season with their talented senior back watching from the sidelines. Wells suffered a knee injury in Week 1 against Reservoir that held him out of the big contest. It's unsure how much time Wells will miss, but early reports indicate he could be out for up to a month. Without Wells, the Hawks struggled to move the chains in a 14-0 defeat at Atholton last weekend. The loss knocked River Hill down to a bubble team in the latest POWERADE Greater D.C. football rankings.

UP — E.J. Levenberry, Hylton, LB
Hylton's opponents' scores through the first three weeks of the season read like this: 14, 14, 6. We'll do the math for you; in three contests the Bulldog's are yielding a paltry 11.3 points a game. Levennberry has been central to that effort, racking up tackles at an alarming rate. The junior has posted double-digit tackle efforts twice this season and tacked on five in limited action during a 60-6 Week 3 victory.

Chantilly-Stone Bridge highlights top football contests

September, 9, 2011
Game of the Week: Chantilly (1-0) vs. Stone Bridge (1-0)
Will anyone be able to stop Jonathan Allen. The Stone Bridge junior and ESPNHS All-Area pick had four sacks last week as the Bulldogs stymied Robinson’s attack, 3-0. Chantilly should pose more of a threat after the Chargers rolled up more than 200 rushing yards in a 44-0 win over W.T. Woodson.

David’s Prediction (1-0): Chantilly will have trouble moving the ball against Stone Bridge's front seven, and Bridge’s offense will find its groove behind junior QB Ryan Burns to take a 13-7 victory.

Good Counsel vs. Gilman — The Patriot Classic (Saturday)
You don’t like football if you’re not amped up for this matchup of POWERADE FAB 50 squads. The teams are playing for the No. 1 spot in Maryland, and the Falcons will also be seeking retribution after a 28-7 loss to Gilman last fall. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be packed as fans are sure to get their money's worth with two of the nation’s most dynamic athletes, Gilman’s Cyrus Jones and last week’s hero Stefon Diggs of Good Counsel, ready to provide some new footage for the highlight reels.

Potomac (0-1) at Spalding (1-0) — Patriot Classic
Notre Dame recruit Ronald Darby should be back for Potomac after missing the opener with a groin injury. The Wolverines struggled on offense in his absence, mustering a single touchdown in a 14-12 loss to Gwynn Park last week. Spalding was victorious last week, dropping Douglass 21-8 on the road. Ryan Cochran made the Douglass defense pay with a pair of touchdown runs.

Fairmont Heights (1-0) at H.D. Woodson (0-1)
Woodson looks to bounce back from a Week 1 loss to Martinsburg when it plays its first contest at its recently renovated home field. Kenneth Crawley looks to ignite the offense against a Fairmont defense that allowed 40 points in its loss to Surratsville.

Good Counsel tops preseason rankings

August, 22, 2011
Good Counsel is sitting on top of the Greater D.C. football world. The reigning WCAC champs are loaded with Division I recruits with talented wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 9 in the ESPNU 150) leading the charge. Bob Milloy’s troops hold down the top spot in Greater D.C. and also received some national love with a No. 23 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Who will challenge the Falcons for local supremacy? No. 2 Stone Bridge is the Class of the Northern Virginia squads and features junior QB Ryan Burns, who appears poised for a breakout year. DeMatha returns plenty of star power on defense as the Stags usher in new coach Elijah Brooks. Friendship Collegiate has the area’s top recruit in Eddie Goldman and a game-changing running back in Albert Reid.

Potomac (Md.), Woodberry Forest and Friendly are good candidates to make the jump from a bubble team to the top ten. Each squad features an ESPNHS All-Area selection capable of taking over a contest at any time.

Here’s how the rankings look as we head into the season. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section.

1. Good Counsel

2. Stone Bridge

3. DeMatha

4. Friendship Collegiate

5. Urbana

6. Battlefield

7. Broad Run

8. Wise

9. Briar Woods

10. Lake Braddock

Bubble Teams: Broadneck, Centreville, Colonial Forge, Damascus, Friendly, Gaithersburg, Georgetown Prep, H.D. Woodson, Hylton, Linganore, Potomac (Md.), Robinson, South County,
St. John’s (D.C.), Wilde Lake, Woodberry Forest