Michael Gibson, Franklin, football
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