Gilman Football Hosts Boys Latin in Rivalry Matchup

By Will Kunisaki '23

On Friday evening, the Gilman Greyhounds (2-1) will play host to the Boys' Latin Lakers (2-0), renewing their neighborhood rivalry. The Greyhounds are attempting to get back on track after a tough 47-33 loss to Lawrenceville (NJ). Meanwhile, the Lakers are fresh off a 21-20 win over Liberty High School (MD). In last year's contest, Gilman kicker Dan Huff '22 hit a field goal in overtime to defeat Boys' Latin, 24-21.

Recovering From a Tough Week

The Greyhounds had enjoyed a strong start to the 2022 season, picking up wins over Concordia Prep and Archbishop Curley before their loss in week three. First-year Head Coach, Scott Van Zile, asserts that while the defeat was bitter, his team cannot dwell in the past. "It was without a doubt a disappointing loss, but our staff has spent a lot of time this week focusing on the things that we need to improve upon," he said. "We never want to let a loss beat us twice and want to make sure we make the proper adjustments moving forward." When asked about what the adjustments may entail, Van Zile stated that he is concentrating on the basics of alignment, assignment, and technique. If Gilman improves in these areas, they should put themselves in a position to emerge victorious over Boys' Latin.

Scouting Gilman

The Greyhounds have posted 27 points per game (3rd MIAA A Conference) and 24 points allowed per game (6th MIAA A Conference). First-year Head Coach, Scott Van Zile, credits the experience and dedication of his Senior leaders to the prosperity of the team. "Any of the team's success to this point is a direct result of having a great group of Seniors," he said. "This group has been all in since I started and have done a great job in buying into the culture that we are trying to create. On the offensive side of the ball, Coach Van Zile highlighted quarterback Matthew Parker '23 who has made big plays with his arm and his legs this season. Parker has thrown for seven touchdown passes this season. Defensively, Ahmir Crawley '23 and the entire defensive line have been extremely disruptive. Additionally, Coach Van Zile raved about the physical abilities of Dejuan Lane '24, who has been an X-factor in all three phases, scoring a pair of touchdowns, picking off two passes, and blocking a field goal through three games. All of Gilman's stars will have to show out against a talented Boys' Latin team in a game that Van Zile describes as critical to getting his guys back on track.

Tune in to Greyhound TV on Friday, September 16, at 4:00 p.m. to catch all the action!