Franklin gets second crack at Calvert Hall

State champion Indians lost to Cardinals last season

  • Franklin football coach Anthony Burgos (left) and Calvert Hall coach Donald Davis.
Franklin football coach Anthony Burgos (left) and Calvert…
September 04, 2014|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Coaches: Anthony Burgos, Franklin; Donald Davis, Calvert Hall

Last meeting: Calvert Hall won, 28-14, last season

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

Calvert Hall: DB-WR Dionte Austin, Sr.; RB Damien Farmer, Sr.; WR Lawrence Cager, Sr.; WR Morgan Scroggins, Sr.; RB D.J. Watson, Sr.; QB Kenji Bahar, Sr.; DB Bryan Marine, Sr.; LB Jaire Dorsey, Jr.; OL Drew Devanney, Sr.

No. 3 Franklin: WR/DB Steven Smothers, Jr.; CB-WR Jordan Adams, Sr.; QB Jacquez Adams, Sr.; OL Patrick Allen, Sr.; RB Darius Hinton, Sr.; LB-FB Sonny Csorba, Sr.; LB-RB Kiandre Burrell, Sr.; DB Juantez McCrae, Sr.; DL Julius Fakhoury, Sr.; OL Evan Ostrow, Sr.

KEYS TO VICTORY

Last September in the first gridiron meeting between the two programs, Calvert Hall took advantage of five Franklin turnovers to score 28 straight points en route to victory. After that game, however, the teams headed in different directions.

Calvert Hall, decimated by injuries, won twice more and finished 3-9. The Indians finished 12-2 and won their first state championship, the Class 3A title, 20-7, over Linganore.

Despite Franklin's big finish, the loss to the Cardinals still stings a team that returns 18 starters and all the speed Davis feared a year ago.

"They have the ability to change the game in one play," Davis said. "A team with that speed and that athleticism, that's difficult to defend. After our game last year, they really found their legs. I anticipate a much better version of them this time around."

The Indians made some big plays in last year's game and Jacquez Adams threw for 298 yards. He had a hand in both Franklin touchdowns, a 1-yard pass to Smothers and a 4-yard run, but the Cardinals intercepted Adams four times in the first half.

"The game for us was more about us giving them more opportunities," Burgos said of the turnovers and 130-plus penalty yards. "We've got to limit mistakes. We gave them the ball two times inside the 20-yard line and that's something we cannot do."

Calvert Hall ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns against Franklin — 115 yards came from Farmer — but passing plays helped. Bahar came off the bench in the second quarter to complete 9 of 18 passes for 81 yards with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Cager.

"The overall talent and speed they have matches us pretty well," Burgos said of the Cardinals. "They're still one of the elite programs in the state. We're just trying to see if we can shorten that margin between public and private."

Both teams have a slate of Division I recruits, including Calvert Hall's Austin, committed to Wake Forest, and Franklin's Adams twins, committed to West Virginia, and Allen, to Georgia.

Smothers, a highly-recruited speedster, can make big plays on both sides of the ball and in the return game. With Jordan Adams lining up at receiver on the opposite side and several other targets available, Jacquez Adams could easily surpass the 2,836 yards and 30 touchdowns he threw for last season.

Add a backfield led by Hinton and Burrell and the Indians have upperclassmen who can put up points in a hurry.

"I think for us to win, we're going to need a fast start," Davis said. "They know how to close and they didn't have that last year. When we played them, they were positive, but I don't think they knew this team's going to go on and win 12 games and win the state championship. They understand how to hold people off and win, so we've got to jump out on them and make them be a championship football team to win."

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

No. 11 Broadneck at No. 5 Old Mill, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Westminster at Middletown, Friday, 7 p.m.

St. Joseph's Regional (N.J.) at No. 1 McDonogh, Friday, 7 p.m.

Glenelg at No. 8 River Hill, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 14 St. Frances at Good Counsel, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 2 Gilman vs. Paramus Catholic (N.J.) at Towson University, Saturday, 11 a.m.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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