1. Wells: The Warriors return 16 starters from a team that went to the Western Class B final last year, including dynamic quarterback Paul McDonough, inside linebacker Louis DiTomasso and the offensive line. The Warriors have the ability to wear down teams with a power running game or strike quickly. Defensively, they are just as dangerous, ballhawking and trying to force fumbles on every play.

2. Falmouth: The Yachtsmen return 16 starters (eight each on offense and defense) and appear ready to move into the upper echelon of Western Class B teams. They have a powerful offense, led by all-state receiver Jack Cooleen, and a stingy defense, led by safety Matt Kingry, who intercepted nine passes last year. Their line is big and so are the expectations.

3. Yarmouth: The defending Class C state champion has 14 starters back, and the young program looks stronger than ever. The Clippers have two of the best players in Class C in running back Anders Overhaug and tight end/linebacker Carter Dorsett, and are strong in just about every area, including special teams, where kicker Bryce Snyder routinely boots the ball into the end zone on kickoffs, providing great field position for the defense.

4. Marshwood: In moving down from Class A, the Hawks figure to be among the best teams in Western Class B. They have 14 starters returning, many of whom have been starting for three years. They will be stout defensively, and offensively they have the ability to score from anywhere on the field.

5. Traip Academy: The Rangers could be a fun team to watch in Western Class C. They have a huge line, some talented backs and a quarterback who makes good decisions. After making the playoffs for the first time in two decades last fall, Traip looks to repeat and take it a step further.