Franklin High and Gilman School, two of the area’s most successful programs the past five seasons, met Saturday for a scrimmage in Roland Park.
The Indians from Baltimore County collected Class 3A state championships in 2013 and 2014. Their bid for a three-peat fell short as upstart Dundalk upset them in the North Region final. The Owls went on to the state final, losing to Montgomery County’s Damascus.
Franklin graduated Steven Smothers (West Virginia University), arguably the area’s most dynamic performer, along with 23 seniors. The Reisterstown school will be led in 2016 by defensive back/wide receiver Michael Gibson, who was a consensus all-Baltimore County selection last fall.
Gilman won its 13th MIAA A Conference last season, finishing No. 1 in the area and state media polls. During the offseason, longtime coach Biff Poggi stepped down and several members of his coaching staff moved to St. Frances Academy. Several key players including quarterback Kasim Hill (now at St. John’s College in the District) also departed.
Longtime Greyhound athletic director and former football standout Tim Holley now has the reigns. The Baltimore City private school has back seniors Anthony DiCerbo, Drew Ehrlich, Zachary Jones and Will Weinfield.