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The Gilman-McDonogh Football Rivalry

The Roland Parkers versus the Farmers. The Blue and Gray versus the Orange and Black. The Greyhounds versus the Eagles.

Read on for the opportunity to revisit the rivalry's biggest games, the most notable football — and historic — moments, and exciting images, videos, and team documents from eleven decades of spirited football.

A special thanks to Mac Kennedy, author of "Gilman Versus McDonogh: The Football Rivalry," the source of many of the highlights featured on this webpage.



The Football Rivalry Through the Decades

Click each tab in the timeline to reveal highlights, photos, records, video footage, and more from each decade.



Legendary Coaches

Biff Poggi '79

Biff Poggi '79 was Gilman's longest-tenured and all-time winningest coach. Between 1997-2015, his teams amassed 139 wins against only 40 losses. His tenure included 19 match-ups in the annual series with McDonogh, in which Gilman won 13 and lost six.

Sherm Bristow '67

Sherm Bristow '67 is Gilman's second longest-tenured coach, who from 1981-1996 tallied an overall record of 99-45-2. This included 16 match-ups with McDonogh, in which the Greyhounds prevailed eight times to the Eagles' eight.

Alex Sotir

Alex Sotir was the head coach from 1972-1980, presiding over most of the longest winning streak in the Gilman-McDonogh rivalry, which ran from 1971-1978. In his nine seasons, Gilman held a record of 65-18-1.

Alumni Head Coaching Connections

  • Sherm Bristow '67 (head coach 1981-1996) played for Coach Finney and served as an assistant for Coaches Sotir and Poggi.
  • Tim Holley '77 (head coach 2016-2017) played for Coach Sotir and served as an assistant for Coaches Bristow and Poggi.
  • Biff Poggi '79 (head coach 1997-2015) played for Coach Sotir and served as an assistant for Coach Bristow.

Reddy's Reign

Gilman legend Redmond C. S. Finney '47 served as head football coach from 1960-1967, leaving behind a memorable legacy and a slew of entertaining Gilman football treasures.

Goal 42 Play
1961 Scouting Report
1961 Offensive Playbook
First page of the PDF file: 1961VFootballOffensePlaybook
1965 Letter