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On Saturday, November 7, preceding the 100th McDonogh-Gilman game, hundreds of Eagle fans enjoyed food trucks, live music in the hospitality tent, giveaways, and a fantastic spirit parade into the stadium.
Video coverage by Cindy Green.


100th Game: A Spectacular Daylong Celebration

Festivities in celebration of the 100th McDonogh vs. Gilman football game began bright and early on Saturday, November 7 with a Spirit 5K, Fun Run and Breakfast. Students, alumni, and families from both schools participated in the race through McDonogh’s campus. At noon, former football players from the rival schools gathered in the Louis E. Lamborn Alumni Memorial Field House to see a display of football memorabilia from the McDonogh and Gilman Archives. The trip down “Memory Lane” continued in the gym as six former players, representing their alma maters and spanning many decades, recalled what the rivalry meant to them.

From noon to 2 p.m., students, parents, and alumni also gathered at McDonogh's hospitality tent adjacent to the stadium to enjoy refreshments, receive McDonogh giveaways, and get their faces painted. Live music was provided by McDonogh's own Blonde by Default (the Middle School Rock Shop), Adam Green '10 and Andrew Franklin, Brooke Poklemba '04, Women of Note & Gentleman Songsters, Jeffers Insley '17, and Taylor Lamborn '07.

Then, fans dressed in orange and black paraded into John McDonogh Stadium, outfitted with 3,000 additional bleacher seats, in anticipation of the 3:00 p.m. kickoff. (Watch the excitement here.) Pregame festivities included a video history of the rivalry produced and edited by Casey Clark M'88 and narrated by Frank DeFord G'57. The video was followed by recorded messages from current NFL players Darrius Heyward-Bey M'05 and Brandon Copeland G'09.

For the 100th Game coin toss, the current captains were joined by Senator Joe Tydings, McDonogh’s 1945 captain, and Bill Crawford, Gilman’s 1946 captain. Mr. Crawford is escorted by Furlong Baldwin, Gilman’s 1949 captain. On the sidelines, both teams were accompanied by their school’s current and former headmasters: Charlie Britton of McDonogh with former headmasters Bill Mules '59 and Bo Dixon; and Henry Smyth of Gilman with former headmasters Reddy Finney '47, Arch Montgomery, and John Schmick '67.

Following the coin toss, McDonogh’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Philip Olsen, sang McDonogh Forever and the Gilman Glee Club, directed by Robby Ford M'07, performed Gilman ‘O Gilman. Together they sang the national anthem.

The estimated 11,000 fans in the stadium weren’t the only ones watching the exciting milestone game. Alumni from both schools got together for viewing parties via live stream in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay area.

At halftime, McDonogh’s cheerleaders led the packed stadium in chanting “Archer Strong” for McDonogh junior Archer Senft, who was watching the game at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Archer, whose family has strong ties to both the McDonogh and Gilman communities, suffered a spinal cord injury in August while swimming in the ocean in Cape May, New Jersey. The cheer of love and support for Archer was followed by a spectacular halftime show by the Morgan State University Marching Band.

The 100th Game was close, but in the end the Greyhounds won by a score of 35-28. As the Gilman fans celebrated and the McDonogh fans spoke of the valiant effort, players from both sides took a knee together in one large huddle on the 50-yard line for the trophy presentation. The circle was raw with emotion on both extremes as the headmasters expressed their appreciation for the sportsmanship and high level of play exhibited by each team. Then, McDonogh’s Headmaster Charlie Britton presented the Price Memorial Trophy to Gilman’s Headmaster Henry Smyth.

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