Breakdown of Greyhounds’ schedule

Zach Franks should be again a force on the frontline for Gilman football in 2018. The Greyhounds reached the MIAA A Conference final last year.

by Derek Toney

With practice for the 2018 high school football season underway, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

Gilman School Greyhounds

2017 record: 5-7 (MIAA A Conference finalist)

2017 review: The Greyhounds made a late season surge to reach the MIAA A Conference final. The Roland Park school has a new coach for 2018 in Nick Bach and 12 returning letter winners, led by all-MIAA A performers Spanky Dixon (running back/defensive back) and Northwestern commit Zach Franks (offensive/defensive line).

2018 opponents’ win/loss record (from 2017): 58-44 (.569)

Toughest 2018 opponent: Gonzaga College. The District private school is among four Washington Catholic Athletic Conference squads ranked in MaxPreps’ preseason Top 100 (66th). The Eagles boast four Division I commits in tight end, Justin Ball (Vanderbilt), defensive back Dean Ingram (Wisconsin), defensive line/tight end Hunter Stewart (Virginia) and defensive end Joseph Wete (Oklahoma).

Most intriguing 2018 opponent: Archbishop Spalding. The Cavaliers are primed for a rebound after failing to make the MIAA A playoffs last fall. The Severn school returns 15 starters including all-MIAA A performer Logic Hudgens, Navy commit Jayden Umbarger (quarterback) and junior two-way linemen Jahmeer Carter, who’s committed to Virginia.

By a number: 131. Points scored by Gilman in its final four games in 2017.

2018 schedule

Aug. 24 at Gonzaga College (8-4)

Sept. 1 vs. St. Mary’s Ryken (9-1)

Sept. 7 at Georgetown Prep (8-2)

Sept. 15 vs. Episcopal (5-4)

Sept. 22 at Mount St. Joseph (6-4)

Oct. 5 at Calvert Hall College (7-5)

Oct. 13 at Cardinal O’Hara (3-7)

Oct. 20 vs. Loyola Blakefield (1-8)

Oct. 26 at Archbishop Spalding (5-4)

Nov. 3 vs. McDonogh School (6-5)