Franklin football opponents knew coming into the season they had to watch out for tailback Carl Fleming, but now they have to prepare for two Indians capable of breaking open a game.
Fleming, 6 feet 1, 190 pounds, is a senior who gained more than 1,000 yards last season and has orally committed to Pittsburgh. He has the perfect complement this season in sophomore Navassa Brown, 5 feet 7, 165 pounds, who is a wide receiver-tailback.
In Friday night's 45-41 upset of then-No. 6 Perry Hall, the two speedy, versatile players combined for six touchdowns and gained 417 yards.
"They definitely cause a lot of headaches for teams, and that was evident in the Perry Hall game," Indians coach Anthony Burgos said. "Carl was quiet in the first half and Navassa had a big first half. When we hit twice over the top with him, they started paying more attention to him, and that opened up the running game for Carl. They're a great one-two punch."
Brown scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, snaring passes of 92 and 55 yards from quarterback Keith Ford and running for a 51-yard score. He finished with 206 total yards.
In the second half, Fleming took over, rushing for 201 yards on 19 carries. His 68-yard touchdown run gave the Indians a 45-35 lead and sealed the victory.
That puts the Indians (4-2 overall) in a three-way tie for second place at 4-1 in Baltimore County's 4A-3A division with Perry Hall and No. 8 Hereford. Milford Mill is first at 5-0.
The win could also go a long way toward helping the Indians seal up a regional playoff berth in Class 3A North, but Burgos doesn't want to jump ahead.
"It does put us in pretty good position, but we have several tough games coming up, and we have to make sure we stay focused," said Burgos, whose team heads to Parkville on Saturday before playing host to Milford Mill on Oct. 24.
A big task for Gaels
Perhaps no one understands the challenge facing the No. 6 Mount St. Joseph football team when it travels to No. 2 Loyola on Saturday better than Gaels coach Chip Armstrong.
"They're the best team in Baltimore," Armstrong said. "I told my kids I think they're the best team I've seen since I've been coaching."
Pretty strong words, but the numbers so far this season seem to back them up. The Dons (6-0, 1-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference), who were off last week, have outscored opponents by an average of 47-6. That included a 55-14 win over McDonogh, a team that the Gaels (4-1, 2-0) edged, 21-14, on Saturday.
"They're just putting up big numbers and not giving up many points," Armstrong said. "Hopefully, we can slow them down enough to hang around and stay in the game."
On to states
Dulaney senior Carolyn Chandler is on a roll heading into Tuesday's state golf championships.
After winning her fourth straight Baltimore County title, Chandler won the District VI title last week, shooting 83 at Longview to win by three strokes over Milford Mill's Devonne Richardson.
While Chandler's game is pretty consistent all around, Lions coach Victoria Welsh said the most impressive part is her mental toughness.
"I think it's really good for all the other female golfers to watch her because of her consistency," Welsh said. "She has the same routine all the time. She takes the same practice swings. She doesn't rush up and take a putt. And she's always very composed on the course, and I think that's a really good role model. You can tell when she's frustrated, but she doesn't let that affect her outwardly."