- The first game between the schools took place in the fall of 1914. While war waged overseas, Gilman and McDonogh were having their own battle here in Baltimore. The final score was 35-0 in favor of Gilman, the much heavier team (15 pounds heavier per player!).
- Most area high school football games were canceled when influenza and other illnesses wiped most schools of enough players to field a team in 1916. The Gilman-McDonogh game did not take place, as Gilman's "quarantine" was not lifted until too late in the season.
- In 1918, another flu pandemic wreaked havoc on the the early season. Again, the game was canceled.
- Twelve area secondary school representatives met on Hopkins' Homewood campus in 1919 to create the Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA). For the first time as members of the MSA, McDonogh did not lose to Gilman. The game ended in a 0-0 tie!
- With one of the greatest backfields in Baltimore football, Gilman took home the 1921 game, 45-0. Considered one of the most talented Gilman football teams in history, the team closed out the season with a perfect 8-0 record.
- The 1923 Gilman team, led by All-Maryland halfback Redmond Stewart '24, only took McDonogh by six points, 13-7 — "A battle from start to end," according to The Baltimore Sun.
- Two games played in the 1920s ended in an identical score of 45-0 (1921 and 1928), while two others ended in the score of 27-0 (1924 and 1925). Gilman shut out McDonogh seven times.
- History was made twice the week Gilman played McDonogh in 1927. The day after Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run, McDonogh took home their first win, 6-0, over the Roland Parkers after Gilman's Frank Wachter '28 fumbled a punt on his own 35-yard line.
- The 1931 game was played at Lyle Field in front of more than 4,000 fans. Gilman quarterback Pepper Constable '32 and running back William Poindexter '32 led the Blue and Gray to a 27-0 victory. Gilman ended the season as MSA champions.
- A talented McDonogh quarterback, Willis DeMoss, led the Farmers to their second win over Gilman, 14-7, in front of 5,000 fans in Roland Park in 1932. The next year, McDonogh would bring home its third win and first MSA football title.
- Gilman ended its losing streak in 1935 with a 12-7 victory over McDonogh at Johns Hopkins University. The team traveled 85 yards in five plays, culminating in a touchdown pass from quarterback Bruce Baetjer '36 to receiver Sarsfield Sweeny '37 to take the lead.
- McDonogh and Gilman attracted a crowd of 6,000 fans to the new McDonogh campus arena, John McDonogh Stadium, in 1938. The win went to the home team with a final score of 13-0.
- Despite atrocious weather and field conditions during the 1940 game, the Blue and Gray, undefeated in the MSA "A" Conference at the time, managed an easy 25-0 victory, with George Franke '42 contributing three touchdowns.
- 1945 marked the first game in four years that would be played without the country at war. Gilman took home the 20-6 win, led mainly by Jim Gorter '47 who was responsible for two touchdowns, an intercepted pass, and the recovery of three McDonogh fumbles.
- The 1949 game was the highest scoring in three years (1948 ended in a 0-0 tie), unfortunately in the favor of McDonogh. Their 32-0 win was the second largest margin of victory.
- Under the leadership of Head Coach Nick Carter, the 1950 Gilman football team used the "T" formation offense, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and eventually winning over McDonogh 14-7.
- The 1953 McDonogh team went into the big game undefeated. No team had scored on them that season. Gilman succumb to McDonogh 19-7, and the McDonogh Cadets went on to beat out Severn for the MSA crown.
- The MSA was broken up into two conferences for the 1955 season, with Gilman and McDonogh taking spots in the "B" Conference. Gilman, under first-year Head Coach Joel Lorden, played a strong third period and its defense dominated the end of the game, carrying the Blue and Gray to a 20-7 victory and earning them the Price Trophy.
- Gilman's Frank Riggs '57 was a leader in yards gained and points scored in the area in 1956. He scored three touchdowns and an extra point in the rivalry game, contributing to the 39-14 win over McDonogh and ending his career on the ultimate high note.
Gilman wearing light pants. From the 1956-57 Cynosure: "Gilman held the edge in victories, twenty-three to seventeen, as the teams took the field and prepared to square off. Early in the first period, Tom Bowyer recovered a Farmer fumble, and Riggs scored six plays later. Riggs scored twice more, and Brian, Garrett, and Barker, G. each scored once before McDonogh could gather any momentum. Everybody played, and everybody had a good time as Gilman gained the victory by a score of 39-14."
The game was played at McDonogh. Gilman is in the light pants. From the 1957-58 Cynosure: "Gilman wound up the football season the following Friday when they journeyed to McDonogh. Neither team scored until the closing minutes of the second quarter when McDonogh made seven points after a sustained drive. Taking over on their own thirty-five early in the second half, the Blue and Gray moved the ball steadily behind the running of Alan Yarbro, Pete Taylor, and Bob Grose. John Spilman finally made it over from the one-yard line, and Taylor's kick tied the score. The rest of the game was dominated by Gilman, but the team was unable to score."
The game was played at Gilman. Gilman is in the light pants. From the 1958-59 Cynosure: "The season closed with the traditional battle with arch-rival McDonogh. The Gilman eleven, minus the services of the injured Bob Grose and Bill Stifler, was, nevertheless, a heavy favorite in a game which started off 'according to Hoyle' as the Blue scored first on a Wood to Hooker pass and seemed to be in full control. But McDonogh recovered a Gilman fumble and proceded to score. From that point on, the Farmers played an inspired game and romped to a well-deserved 30-13 victory."
- The nickname "Greyhounds" made its debut in 1961, the same year that Gilman crushed McDonogh 22-8 the close their first winning season in eight years.
- Gilman and McDonogh both entered the 1962 game without a loss. Gilman's All-Star running back John Claster '63 was up against McDonogh running back Jerry Babicka. Head Coach Reddy Finney '47 and a boisterous crowd watched Gilman win 21-6.
- In 1963, nothing could have prepared both teams to play for a crowd after just hearing the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Yet Gilman and McDonogh managed a very physical game, which culminated in a Cadet win, 8-7.
- 1965: the 50th game! Under the leadership of quarterback Mike Boland '66, Gilman captured a 22-6 win. Boland ran for 95 yards, scored a touchdown, passed for a second, and set up a third.
- Coach Finney was named the MSA Coach of the Year in 1966, the same year Gilman beat McDonogh 28-0 for their fifth consecutive shutout of the season. Gilman had won seven straight games going into the rivalry game and had both an impenetrable defense and unstoppable offense, led by quarterback Sherm Bristow '67 and fullback Stu Simms '68. The team went on to be MSA champions.
- Despite harsh weather conditions of snow, sleet, wind, and rain, the Blue and Gray defeated McDonogh 28-16 and finished the season with a perfect 9-0 record and as the top-ranked team in the area per the Baltimore Sun. 1967 would be Reddy Finney's last season as head coach, as he took the role of Gilman's 10th headmaster as of July 1, 1968.
Gilman is wearing the white pants. From the 1960-61 Cynosure: "The Gray put up a valiant fight in its final game against McDonogh. The score at half-time was 20-0 in favor of McDonogh, but in the second half, the Gilman team outplayed and outscored McDonogh, although the final score was 22-8, McDonogh." The 1960 season was the Gilman's first using the single-wing offense.
Gilman is in the white uniforms. From the 1961-62 Cynosure: November 17, the Blue and Gray defeated McDonogh, 22-8, on their field. Dell scored on a forty-five yard end sweep, and Stanley scored twice on line plunges. Lamb and Schweizer each caught an extra-point pass. Time and time again in the second half, the team stopped McDonogh threats by good pass defense and inspired line play. It was a fitting end to a great season." The win was the first over McDonogh since 1956. Ending the season 6-2, it was Gilman's first winning season since 1953 and marked the beginning of a dominant era for the team.
Gilman is in the white jerseys. A crowd of 5,000 gathered at Gilman to watch Gilman finish its season 8-0-1, the team's first undefeated season since 1921. From the 1962-63 Cynosure:"So then came that wonderful victory over McDonogh. The season was over, but the glory was not. John Claster, who had missed the M.S.A. scoring record by a mere two points in scoring 116 points, gained a place on the All-Maryland first team. Peter Rodman, three year letterman, made the second team. Ward Coe became the first Gilmanite since 1942 to receive the McCormick Unsung-Hero award. And to top these individual honors, Gilman was ranked twelfth in the state and third in the city behind only Poly (fifth ranked in the nation) and Patterson.”
This game took place at McDonogh Stadium on November 22, 1963. Gilman is in the dark jerseys. The game began shortly after news had broken that President Kennedy had died in Dallas. School administrators and coaches for McDonogh and Gilman were aware of the events, but chose not to tell the players and went ahead with the game. Having been told of the President's death during his team's warm-ups, Gilman head coach Redmond C.S. Finney '47 said that it was difficult to go ahead with the game, because "you couldn't exactly erase it from your mind," but that "we went ahead and did the best we could." Gilman's publications did not give their normal full account of the game. The Gilman News did not mention the game at all when their next issue appeared, and the 1963-64 Cynosure only says "Both teams played their roughest, ignorant of the death of the President."
This game was played at Gilman. Gilman is in the dark jerseys. From the 1964-65 Cynosure: "To much of the team, last year's bitter 8-7 defeat at McDonogh was a painful memory, and they were determined not to lose to the Farmers again. Their determination spread, and a well-prepared, fired up pack of Greyhounds met the country boys at Gilman on November 20."
This game was played at McDonogh. Gilman is in the dark jerseys. From the December 10, 1965 Gilman News: "While their school was decorated with banners and signs proclaiming noble intentions, Gilman's preparation seemed more effective because the football team stole the game from the farmers in the opening minutes. Hard hitting and cool thinking netted an early 14 to 0 lead. Restricted by mistakes on offense, the Greyhounds could only manage but one more touchdown. This was, however, sufficient because of an excellent defensive effort."
Gilman is in the dark uniforms. From the 1966-67 Cynosure: "McDonogh, seeking a share of the 'B' title, brought its spirited squad into the game well-prepared, but they were outmanned from the start. Quarterback Sherm Bristow opened the scoring with a one-yard plunge, and passed 64 yards to Hal Clagett for another TD. Stuart Simms sewed up the scoring with two more touchdowns, one a long run. The 28-0 victory gave Gilman the 'B' Division title."
Gilman is in the dark jerseys. From the 1967-68 Cynosure: "Sporting an 8-0-0 record and branded as 'B' Conference 'Bullies', the Big Blue fought off a determined McDonogh team to win a 28-16 war of attrition and retain the conference crown. Many had looked to McDonogh as a last hope of deliverance from the Gilman scourge, but such hopes proved futile as the Greyhounds remained the only undefeated and untied team in the M.S.A." The 1967 Gilman team was dominant, finishing 9-0-0 and scoring an average of 41.3 points a game while allowing only 9.4 points per game. They were ranked number one in the state. The team featured several first team All-M.S.A. players including Stuart Simms, Al Kirby, and Bill Reilly.
- Athletic Director Alex Sotir took over as head coach in 1972. His star running back, David Tickner '73, and the Gilman offense dominated the second half of play, leading the Greyhounds to a 26-12 win.
- Gilman's David Emala '74, Mike Austin '76, and Steve DeVeas '74 were a force on the field at the 1973 game. McDonogh ultimately fell to a powerful Gilman offense and was defeated 42-6. Gilman went on the take the "B" Conference crown.
- Gilman was elevated to MSA "A" Conference in 1975, the same year that senior Mike Austin '76 put on a spectacular final performance against McDonogh, running for 269 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Gilman took the win, 34-19. Austin was the 1975 and 1976 The Baltimore News American's Male Athlete of the Year.
- Gilman scored touchdowns on five of their nine possessions in 1976. Running back Tim Holley '77 rushed for 100 yards and scored three touchdowns. Holley went on to be The Baltimore News American's 1976 Football Player of the Year.
- Gilman's 1978 defense, led by Haswell Franklin '79, Tom Booker '79, Biff Poggi '79, and Jeff Silberman '79, choked off the McDonogh rushing attack, keeping the Cadets to just eight points and giving Gilman the win.
Gilman is in the dark jerseys. From the 1971-72 Cynosure: "The entire Varsity Football season was reflected in the McDonogh game. The first half was abominable, but the second half saw Gilman show a complete reversal of form and win. In the second half, the team redeemed itself by coming from behind with 80 seconds left to win, 14-12." Gilman finished the 1971 season 2-4-2.
Gilman is in the dark jerseys. From the 1973-74 Cynosure: "The third important game was against the McDonogh Eagles. In an overwhelming display of power, the offensive team ate up large chunks of yardage while the defense penetrated into the Eagle backfield at will." The 1973 Gilman Greyhounds went 7-1 in the regular season and beat Archbishop Curley 20-18 for the MSA B-Conference Championship.
Gilman is in the white uniforms. From the December 20, 1974 Gilman News: "Before meeting Walbrook for the 'B' Conference championship, the Varsity had to contend with the traditional rival, McDonogh. The underdog Eagles pushed two times for the lead, but Gilman roared back for two touchdowns in the final quarter to win 26-20." The Gilman (8-1-1) offense featured MSA leading rusher and Maryland High School Football Player of the year Mike Austin '76 (#43). Leading the defense was future Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich '75 (#85).
Gilman is in the white jerseys. From the 1976-77 Cynosure: "With a 36-6 rout of McDonogh, Gilman finished its second season in the "A" Conference with a 9-1 record, a piece of the championship, and the number one ranking in Maryland."
Gilman is in the white jerseys. From the 1978-79 Cynosure: "The 63rd renewal of the classic Gilman-McDonogh football game was, as anticipated, fantastic - that is for Gilman. All hopes and aspirations of McDonogh's football team were dashed as the Greyhounds clearly outclassed the Eagles 35-8 at Gilman before 2500 spectators on a sunny Friday afternoon in November."
- For the first time in history, the score at the end of regulation play in the 1983 game was a tie, and the game would be decided in overtime. McDonogh had the ball first and added seven points to the board. Gilman fired back, scoring on their third play. Head Coach Sherm Bristow went for the two-point conversion, but the pass was incomplete. McDonogh took the win, 14-13.
- Both teams went into the 1986 game with great records, but the Greyhounds were put at a disadvantage when, two weeks prior, Coach Bristow suspended seven players for violating team rules. Despite the setback, Gilman took the 8-7 win when Bristow opted for a two-point conversion and quarterback Mike Manzo '88 found David Clapp '87 in the back of the end zone.
- The 1989 Greyhounds took an easy 35-0 victory over the McDonogh, led with the offensive prowess of Andrew Dausch '90, Edward Trusty '91, and Keith Kormanik '91.
Gilman is in the light jerseys. Gilman finished 5-5 this season and won the division title. They lost to Poly in the MSA "A" championship game. The season was the first with head coach Kevin Spencer.
Gilman is in the white jerseys. From the January 6, 1983 Gilman News: "For the first time in four years, Gilman's Varsity Football made McDonogh Day truly successful, as it tromped over the Eagles, 25-0. With this year's victory, Gilman not only recovered the memorial Gilman-McDonogh trophy, but also clinched a tie with Calvert Hall for the MSA "A" conference championship."
Gilman is in the dark jerseys. From the 1988-89 Cynosure: "The offense was led by senior quarterback David Steele, junior Andrew Dausch, and sophomores Ed Trusty and Jamal Cox, and the team could always count on Andrew Matire to open the holes at the line. Led by tri-captains Rich Levi and Jon Davidson, the defense always played hard and tough. In short, Gilman had a successful 5-4 season and the team and coaches should be congratulated on a fine effort."
- In 1993, the MSA decided it would dismantle at the end of the season after 16 public school members left to join the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. The new Maryland Independent Athletic Association (MIAA) would be born. In the MSA's final year, McDonogh would win the rivalry game and the "A" Conference championship.
- The 1994 Greyhounds found themselves down 10 points with only 11:22 to go. Gilman's David Payne '95 recovered a fumble that led to a 77-yard drive and a touchdown by David Biddison '95. Linebacker Jason McCormick '95 then blitzed McDonogh, causing another fumble that Gilman would recover and ultimately convert into a touchdown and 38-35 win.
- In front of 4,000 fans, Gilman had no problem defeating McDonogh, 23-14 in 1998. Both quarterback Ryan Boyle '00 and the Greyhound's ground attack were effective against the Eagles. Gilman would go on to win the MIAA "A" Conference championship with a perfect 10-0 record. Said Athletic Director Tim Holley '77 of the 1998 team, "[They are] the best Gilman team I've seen."
This game was played at Gilman. Gilman is in the blue jerseys. With this loss, Gilman finished the season 4-6.
Gilman is in the white jerseys. The game begins with a kickoff return for a touchdown by freshman Ambrose Wooden. The 1999 Gilman team was dominant, finishing 10-0 and taking the MIAA "A" Conference title for the second straight year. An explosive offense that averaged almost 41 points a game was matched by a stingy defense that allowed 24 points all season, 10 of which came in the McDonogh game.
- The 2000 Greyhounds were up against a tough Eagles offense. Even though they were in the MIAA "B" Conference, McDonogh defeated "A" Conference Gilman 7-0, marking the Greyhound's first "at home" loss since 1997.
- The 2001 rivalry game was a nail-biter. Gilman quarterback Ambrose Wooden '03 rushed for 87 yards and passed for 112, with a primary target of Stan White '02. A 12-yard reception by White gave kicker Tilghman Morton '02 field position for a 37-yarder. The kick was good and Gilman won 17-14.
- Gilman needed only beat McDonogh to clinch the MIAA "A" Conference championship in 2004. Sean Price '06 led the Greyhounds with 172 rushing yards and four touchdowns to help the Greyhounds to a 28-24 victory.
- The top-ranked 2005 Gilman team allowed just 21 points in six league games. Their impressive 28-0 win over McDonogh consisted of 348 yards on the ground and a stellar performance by a strong offensive line.
- The 2009 Greyhounds defeated the Eagles 34-27, giving the Eagles their first conference loss of the season. Gilman quarterback Darius Jennings '11 rushed for 252 yards and had three touchdowns.
Gilman is in the light jerseys. From the 2002-03 Cynosure: "With an all-senior starting lineup, the Greyhounds dismantled the Eagles in a thrilling 35-14 win over their arch-rivals. Gilman concluded the season 10-0, 5-time back-to-back MIAA "A" Conference Champions, #1 in the state, along with finishing #14 in USAToday's National Top-25."
Gilman is in the light jerseys. Despite a season of close games, Gilman came out on the losing end more often than not, finishing with a 3-6 loss including this heart-breaker to McDonogh.
Gilman is in the light jerseys. From the 2005-06 Cynosure: "The team accomplished its yearly goal of winning the league and beating McDonogh, and ended with a national ranking of first in the East and 15th in the country." Gilman finished the season 9-0, including five shutouts.
Gilman is in the blue jerseys. The loss to McDonogh marked Gilman's first conference loss in three years. Despite the loss, Gilman retained a share of the MIAA "A" Conference Championship
Gilman is in the light jerseys. From the 2007-08 Cynosure: "Varsity Football placed all of its efforts into salvaging its season with a win over McDonogh. Gilman did just that, with a 21-14 victory on the Eagles' home field that redeemed the team's season and gave it hope for a strong performance next year." Gilman finished the season 4-5.
Gilman is in the white jerseys. Their victory in the 2009 game gave Gilman the MIAA "A" Conference championship, capping a 7-3 season.
- Gilman took home an easy 42-6 victory in 2010. All-star quarterback Darius Jennings '11 ran for two touchdowns, threw for two more, and rushed for 187 yards. The Baltimore Sun named Jennings the All-Metro Player of the Year and its Male Athlete of the Year, and the Hounds finished the season tied with Calvert Hall in the MIAA "A" Conference.
- 2011 marked the first four-team playoff format after the regular season to determine the MIAA "A" Conference champion. In front of 6,000 fans, Gilman's Cyrus Jones '12 ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Shane Cockerille '13 and running back Kenneth Goins '12 each ran for their own. Gilman clinched the "A" Conference regular season with a 31-21 win and went on to defeat Calvert Hall 34-32 in an exciting championship game that went into double overtime.
- 2012 marked the only year that Gilman played McDonogh twice in a season. In the annual game, Gilman won 48-12. The teams met again in the MIAA semi-final game, and Gilman prevailed 20-8 en route to the 2012 MIAA "A" Conference title.
- Gilman's longest-tenured, winningest coach, Biff Poggi '79, stepped down after the 2015 season. Then Athletic Director Tim Holley '77 stepped into the role and led the Greyhounds for two seasons. His last regular season game as a coach was a thrilling 24-21 victory over McDonogh in 2017.
- Nick Bach became the 22nd Gilman head coach in 2018, joining the ranks with a long, successful high school and college coaching history. The Eagles won the first two meetings with him at the helm, but he laid a solid foundation for the Hounds and one of the best rivalries in high school sports.
Gilman is in the white jerseys. Despite winning big over McDonogh, Loyola, and Mount St. Joe's, a tough loss to Calvert Hall prevented Gilman from taking the MIAA "A" Conference title.
Gilman is in the dark jerseys. In 2012, Gilman and McDonogh faced off in the regular season as well as in the MIAA "A" Conference semifinals. Gilman went on to defeat Calvert Hall in the finals, taking the "A" Conference Championship.
Gilman is in the white jerseys. This game marked Gilman's first loss in the series since 2008. The teams entered the game with identical conference records, and McDonogh's win gave them the MIAA "A" Conference title.
Video from Greyhound TV. In a close game, McDonogh beats Gilman in overtime.
Video from Greyhound TV. In a tight game, Gilman defeats McDonogh 24-21.
Due to COVID-19, 2020 marked the third time in Gilman's history that the annual Gilman-McDonogh game did not take place. Gilman's football team played a limited schedule that year.
In 2021, the rivalry resumed, with McDonogh winning its third consecutive game.
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.