Strong ‘D’ helps In­di­ans clinch county ti­tle

Franklin sacks pro­lific Dun­dalk QB 10 times

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­ twit­

Franklin and Dun­dalk are get­ting to be pretty fa­mil­iar foot­ball op­po­nents in November.

This is the sec­ond straight time the Bal­ti­more County ri­vals have met in the regular-sea­son fi­nale with a lot on the line. Just as they did last year, the No. 8 In­di­ans came away with the win, 33-7, over No. 11 Dun­dalk to clinch the Bal­ti­more County Class 4A-3A ti­tle.

Michael Gib­son scored two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 78-yard catch-and-run for the first score of the game, and caught six passes for 196 yards. But it was the host In­di­ans’ de­fense that led the way.

Franklin sacked pro­lific Dun­dalk quar­ter­back Dar­rius Sample 10 times and held the se­nior, who came into the game with 14 pass­ing touch­downs and10 rush­ing touch­downs, to one touch­down pass, which came in the fi­nal minute of the game. The In­di­ans also re­cov­ered three fum­bles.

“De­fen­sively early, we stopped their No. 1 player, Sample,” Gib­son said. “If you stop him, they’ve got to change their whole game plan, and this game was per­sonal to us be­cause of what hap­pened last year.”

Last year, the Owls knocked Franklin out of the play­offs, end­ing their two-year run as Class 3A state cham­pi­ons. Two weeks af­ter Franklin won the regular-sea­son game, 37-18, Dun­dalk bounced back to win the 3A North re­gion cham­pi­onship, 20-14.

Now, it looks as if the In­di­ans will have to play Dun­dalk again next week in the Class 3A North semi­fi­nal. Although it won’t be of­fi­cial un­til Sun­day, it ap­pears that Mil­ford Mill, with a win over Ken­wood on Satur­day, would hold on to the No. 1 seed with Franklin sec­ond and Dun­dalk third.

The In­di­ans won’t spend much time cel­e­brat­ing this win. They’re more in­ter­ested in next week.

“It’s tough to play a team two weeks in a row, be­cause they’ve got film on us, but all we’ve got to do is ex­e­cute,” Gib­son said. “This is re­ally per­sonal for us, be­cause it’s the same story as last year.”

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