"All of their personalities lend to the way that defense plays," Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis said. "It's a little bit of Kenny and that fiery, aggressive speed deal. It's a little bit of Kiser and that very, very steady game. And you've got a little bit of Cyrus in that whole big-play, game-changing ability. I'm thoroughly impressed watching those guys."
Goins said, "The personality of this defense is we're kind of like reckless. We just want to hit everything that moves. We just want to beat the guy in front of us basically and get to the ball carrier."
Their motto is "Pursue. Penetrate. Punish."
"That's what coach White always instills in us on defense," Jones said of Greyhounds defensive coordinator and former Baltimore Colts linebacker Stan White. "Just pursue the ball. Get 11 hats to the ball each play and just make them feel it when you tackle them each time. We pride ourselves on being real physical."
Despite their talent, the Greyhounds work hard to improve, and Poggi said teamwork and work ethic make the Greyhounds defense work as well as it does. Someone has always set the example and everyone follows. This year, it's Jones.
"I honestly believe Cyrus Jones is the best player in the country," the coach said. "There may be somebody as good, but there's nobody better. You see how hard he works [in practice]. He runs motions like it's the last motion he's going to run in his life, and he may not even be getting the ball. If he's going to do that, everybody's going to do it. Darius [Jennings] did if before him and Victor [Abiamiri] did it before him and Ambrose [Wooden] did it before him, and that's just the way it's been here forever."
For players such as Jones, Goins, Porchia and the other seniors, only eight days at most remain in their Gilman careers. If they can get past Spalding Friday at 1:30 p.m. at home, the Greyhounds would advance to the first A Conference championship game Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. at Towson University against the winner of the other semifinal between No. 2 Calvert Hall and No. 8 McDonogh.
The Greyhounds look forward to a couple more punishing performances before perhaps the best Gilman defense ever leaves the field for the last time.
"We have a lot of kids who love to compete," Porchia said. "It feels like it's in our blood."