Benedictine: The Cadets have won a pair of state titles since 2014 and have collected region championships in five of the last seven seasons. Last year's 8-4 finish, however, was the fewest wins by Benedictine since 2012, which is also the last time that the program failed to reach the quarterfinals. Benedictine has gone 2-0 against Islands the last two seasons and has split its last two games against Jenkins. The Cadets and New Hampstead have never faced in their respective histories.
Islands: The Sharks have been around for just six seasons and have reached the playoffs on one occasion. The program looked poised to add another playoff appearance this last season, but a recruiting violation handed down by the GHSA forced forfeitures and they finished the season 4-6.