State champs out for repeat 

Vernon Brown (11) will be back at quarterback for Franklin in 2019. The Indians won the Class 3A state championship last year.

With practice for the 2019 high school football season a few days away, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

Franklin Indians

2018 record: 12-2 (Class 3A state champion)

Overview: The Indians won their third 3A state title in six seasons and shared the Baltimore County Division I championship. The Reisterstown school returns quarterback Vernon Brown, Fordham University commit Mekai Felton (wide receiver/defensive back) and wide receiver/defensive back Xavier Cokley, who’s committed to James Madison.

Toughest 2019 opponent: Mount St. Joseph. The Gaels could be the preseason favorite in the MIAA A Conference. Running back Marlowe Wax, a Syracuse commit, and junior quarterback Billy Atkins are expected to be main clogs of another explosive offense while Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 picks Nate Slutzky (linebacker) and Tyler Leavy (line) return on defense.

Most intriguing 2019 opponent: Milford Mill Academy. Though in different divisions in the coming fall, the Millers/Indians match is the premier rivalry in Baltimore County. Jordan Morant (running back/linebacker), Khalil Scott (linebacker) and junior quarterback Rishon Holmes will lead the Millers.

By a number: 13. Consecutive playoff appearances by Franklin.

2019 schedule

Sept. 7 at New York’s St. Anthony’s (7-2 in 2018)

Sept. 13 at McDonogh School (3-6)

Sept. 20 vs. Dundalk (10-2)

Sept. 27 at Milford Mill Academy (9-2)

Oct. 4 vs. Kenwood (6-4)

Oct. 12 at Towson (8-2)

Oct. 18 vs. Perry Hall (6-4)

Oct. 26 at Mount St. Joseph (10-2)

Nov. 1 vs. Woodlawn (7-3)