TOWSON, Md. - Both Calvert Hall and Franklin enter Friday’s 7 p.m. game with a lot to prove.
For the host-Calvert Hall, it wants to show that last season’s 3-9 season was an aberration. The Cardinals are two years removed from a 9-3 record and an appearance in the MIAA A Conference title game.
But, injuries and lack of experience took its toll on Calvert Hall in 2013 , leading to the huge drop-off. Adding insult to injury was that Calvert Hall ended its season with 21-20 loss to Loyola in the Turkey Bowl ; a defeat that snapped the Cardinals four-game winning streak in the longtime rivalry.
Franklin enters Friday’s game hoping to prove that it is an elite program in Maryland following last season 12-2 record which was capped with the Reisterstown school’s first Class 3A state title. However, one of those two losses was a 28-14 setback to Calvert Hall.
In that game, Calvert Hall scored 21 points in the second quarter and never looked back. Calvert Hall already has a game under its belt this season, having routed Irvine (Ca.), 47-0, last week.
The Cardinals, under eighth-year coach Donald Davis, hope this win will help set the tone for their season as they try to contend for the A Conference crown, along with defending champion McDonogh and perennial contender Gilman . The latter two are ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively in the ABC2News.com Ten 2 Watch Preseason Poll. Franklin is ranked fourth in the same poll.
This will be the season-opener for Franklin , whose roster includes several Division I commits and many more that are being recruited by Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Division college programs.
Franklin appears ready to make a strong run at a repeat with 16 starters back and 36 letterwinners back overall.
Those returning include quarterback Jacquez Adams and cornerback Jordan Adams, senior twin brothers who are heading to West Virginia next year. In addition, also returning is Georgia-bound offensive tackle Patrick Allen and junior wide receiver Steven Smothers, who has two dozen colleges recruiting him.