Michael Gib­son, Franklin, foot­ball

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY -

The se­nior line­backer played crit­i­cal roles on both sides of the ball to lead the No. 4 In­di­ans to a 30-7 win over No. 14 Glenelg in the Class 3A state foot­ball semi­fi­nals. He helped Franklin stack the box to stop a Gla­di­a­tors of­fense that had run for more than 3,500 yards. The In­di­ans held Glenelg to 109 rush­ing yards — 38 un­til the fi­nal drive of the game, when the Gla­di­a­tors scored their touch­down. Gib­son also scored the first touch­down of the game on a 40-yard run on Franklin’s first pos­ses­sion. He fin­ished the game with three car­ries for 85 yards, six catches for 92 yards, two tack­les and one fum­ble re­cov­ery to help the In­di­ans to the state fi­nal for the third time in four years. They won cham­pi­onships in 2013 and 2014. Also dou­bling as a wide re­ceiver, Gib­son rarely comes off the field. His 18 touch­downs pro­vided a jolt for an of­fense with no re­turn­ing starters, while his de­fense helped Franklin hold op­po­nents to three rush­ing touch­downs this fall. He also plays bas­ket­ball for the In­di­ans.

OTH­ERS CON­SID­ERED: Mike Flosser, Havre de Grace, foot­ball; Dal­ton Hengst, McDonogh, cross coun­try

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