Gilman's come-from-behind win over Good Counsel on Saturday boosted the Greyhounds' stock in this week's USA Today high school football poll, but not enough to get into the Super 25.
The Greyhounds jumped from No. 50 to No. 32 in the "Next 25" after knocking off No. 19 Good Counsel, 20-14, in their season opener. The Falcons scored 14 points in the first four minutes, but the Greyhounds rallied, taking their first lead when back-up quarterback Kasim Hill threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to John Fitzgerald with 4:46 left in the game.
Hill came off the sideline for that play after starter Kai Locksley had lost his shoe. Locksley returned for the conversion run.
The Greyhounds defense contributed several key plays in the late minutes. Dorian Maddox's interception with 5:50 left set up the winning touchdown and Alonzo Mayo's tackle on Perry Stefanelli on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line kept the Falcons out of the end zone as time expired.
The Falcons dropped out of the USA Today poll, leaving No. 14 DeMatha the only Top 25 team from Maryland. DeMatha and Gilman are the only two state teams in the Top 50.
The Greyhounds' next opponent is also a USA Today Top 50 team -- No. 40 Manatee, from Sarasota, Fla. They meet in Sunday's Brothers In Arms Classic at Byrd Stadium at 7 p.m.