The balance of the Mid-Atlantic Conference has caught the attention of the new coaching staff of the league’s perennial power, Flint Hill, which along with the Potomac School have owned the majority of conference championships the last decade.
With only four teams in the league, winning a conference title is typically predicated upon which team can go unbeaten in the league, a proposition that has become more interesting in 2012 with the caliber of talent that has arrived at Sidwell Friends (4-0) and Maret (3-1).
The pressure to beat the league is on for Flint Hill Coach Tom Verbanic, who in his first year with the Huskies has not only been charged with implementing a new system, one that includes a complex zone-read offense, but also to return the school a MAC title, which was lost last season to the Potomac School on the final day of the season.
“Our goal is to be playing our best during the end of the year,” said Verbanic. “I think [the MAC] is really balanced. Those other teams are stepping up. . . . I think it’s going to be close all the way.”