Saturday, December 4, 2010
Former Southeast High standout Giovani Francois and his Henry A Wise Football team lost a heartbreaking 6-0 game to Urbana in the Maryland Class 4A State championship game Friday night before 4,500 fans at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
It was the first appearance in a state title game for Francois, who transferred from Southeast last month after the Manatee County School board denied his request to play for the Seminoles following a legal matter that was thrown out of court.
Wise (12-2), which suffered a one-point loss in last year's state championship game, is ranked sixth in the state this season and Urbana (13-0) is fifth.
The state title contest was only the fourth game that the defensive end played in this season, but he made a huge impact on his new team.
The 6-2, 255 pound defensive lineman has been credited with 28 tackles and is tied for third on his team with five sacks. He has forced three fumbles and recovered a fumble.
He will now concentrate on recruiting where is expected to be one of the most sought after defensive linemen in the country.