MaxPreps Preseason High School Football Top 25: No. 19 St. John's

Zack Poff | MaxPreps.com Monday, June 15, 2020 1:00pm

Pat Ward takes over as Cadets' head coach and looks to have program poised to win one of nation's toughest conferences.

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Head coach: Pat Ward

Last season: 7-5, not ranked



Key Players
Defensive lineman Taizse Johnson
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Defensive lineman Taizse Johnson
Taizse Johnson
DL | 6-1 | 290 | Sr.
The 2021 Maryland commit is the second-rated player overall from Washington, D.C.

ATH | 6-1 | 270 | Sr.
"Baby Bus" is an impact player on both sides of the ball and accounted for 13 touchdowns in 2019.

RB | 5-10 | 200 | Sr.
The speedster recently committed to Maryland give the Cadets one of the best backfields in the nation along with Littleton.

WR | 5-10 | 175 | Sr.
The 3-star wideout has received 10 FBS offers led by Alabama, Tennessee and Maryland.

OL | 6-3 | 300 | Sr.
Will be the leader of a very talented offensive line.
Athlete Antwain Littleton
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Athlete Antwain Littleton
Notable Games

Sept. 4 — vs. St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)



Sept. 18 — vs. No. 7 St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Sept. 25 — at No. 1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Oct. 30 — vs. No. 18 Good Counsel (Md.)
Offensive lineman Colin Henrich
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Offensive lineman Colin Henrich
Summary

Pat Ward takes over as the head coach after being with the program for the past 19 years. The Cadets face one of the toughest schedules in the country and have the talent to win its first WCAC championship since 2017. They haven't announced the full schedule, but the docket inlcudes Caleb Williams and Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) along with No. 20 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) outside of those four notable games.