The I-95 Kickoff Classic will be held over three days at Bowie State and Morgan State and will include public and private school teams, headlined by Gilman of Baltimore playing Oscar Smith of Chesapeake, Va., and Dunbar of Washington playing Dunbar of Baltimore.
The next night, Friday, at Morgan State, Maryland 4A finalist Wise plays Maryland 3A finalist Franklin, followed by Oscar Smith-Gilman.
There is a quadruple header on Saturday, including a rematch of last year’s DeMatha-Loyola Blakefield thriller, which be mark the first game for the successor of former Stags coach Bill McGregor. That will be followed by Urbana-Westlake in a meeting of perennial powers from different parts of the state and the battle of the Dunbars.
“They say we’re not a football area,” event organizer Tony Kennedy said. “I beg to differ.”