In the world of sports, winning breeds envy and locally Franklin High School’s football program brings out the envious. This isn’t speculative if you cover the landscape long enough. It’s the gift and the curse of winning back to back 3A championships (2013 & 2014) in the last five years, and practically dominating most of Baltimore County in the same amount of time. Regardless of feelings, you have to credit Head Coach Anthony Burgos for his most masterful work to date. We mentioned in a previous article the challenges Franklin faced in the beginning of the season. For those who missed the article here are the bullet points:
Now we’re all caught up. If you said Franklin would play in the 3A title game in the beginning of the year my response would have been similar to the Nick Young puzzled faced meme. Didn’t see is coming at all. Well…not in the beginning. After Franklin lost to Milford 19-13 in OT at home, I thought the Millers would play Franklin again. And whoever won would make a legitimate run for the title.
And here we are. Several weeks later after defeating Milford on the road, Dundalk on the road, and Huntingtown at home Franklin (11-2) will play defending 3A champs Linganore (13-1) in the title game. This trip’s a little different for Coach Burgos. Previous years his squads were loaded with Division I or next level talent on both sides of the ball. Not so much in 2018. Currently Franklin has 2 Division I commits Elijah Solomon (Villanova), Jay Thompson (Sacred Heart), and several prospects in the works. Add first year starter Vernon Brown III at QB and one can easily say Franklin has there work cut off for them again. But fool me once! Brown III is as steady as they come at the QB position. The kid is tough in the pocket, duel threat, makes smart decisions, and a accurate passer.
On defense, Franklin is a as stingy as they come. Going into Thursday night’s title game, Franklin played 3 high scoring programs in the playoffs, and held them to 2 touchdowns or less. In addition, The Baltimore County squad held Maryland power DeMatha scoreless in two quarters during the regular season. Not bad for a team with a number of question marks in the beginning of the season.
Now Franklin is just one game away from winning its third state title in five years. The contest versus the defending champs Linganore is a rematch of the 2013 Class 3A Final. Franklin defeated the Lancer 20-7 in M&T Bank Stadium. Similar to this season their road to the Championship in 2013 featured playoff wins over Milford and Huntingtown.
Kick-off is at 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.