No. 1 Gilman, Urbana agree to 2-year series

Both teams possess 20-plus-game win streak

Football

September 26, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Two-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference football champion Gilman will visit two-time Maryland Class 2A state champ Urbana of Frederick County next fall, with a return date slated for Gilman in 2002.

The Greyhounds (4-0), who have a 25-game winning streak and are favored to win a third MIAA A Conference title, will open with nine-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion DeMatha on Sept. 1, 2001. They will then face Urbana (3-0), which holds a 28-game winning streak.

"We just got the date," said Gilman athletic director Tim Holley, who was contacted by Urbana's counterpart, Jeannie Prevosto, last week about playing. "We also have calls in to Seneca Valley and Largo."

Gilman has been ranked No. 1 by The Sun for each of the past two seasons, and has 13 shutouts within its winning streak. The team is No. 37 in the Fox Fab 50 poll, the national high school ranking system used by Foxsports.com, and is ranked No. 1 in Maryland by the Associated Press.

Gilman has outscored its four opponents 124-6 this year with three shutouts. Urbana has outscored Largo, Aberdeen and Bel Air by a combined 151-6 with two shutouts.

Seneca Valley has won 11 state titles overall, including three straight (the 4A crown in 1997, and the 3A in 1998 and '99. The Eagles, however, had their state-leading winning streak halted at 41 last weekend by Einstein, 10-7.

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