Strong ‘D’ helps Indians clinch county title
Franklin sacks prolific Dundalk QB 10 times
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.”