Elijah Solomon, a senior team captain who played on both sides of the ball for a Franklin High School football team that won a state championship this fall, was named the U.S. Army Impact Player of the Month.
"[What] the award means to me is that all my four years of high school, finally just able to be rewarded for it, all the hard years of waking up at 6 a.m., just training so hard, working with my team to achieve the state title this year, that's what the award means to me," Solomon said.
"I think what he brings to the field every day, just an impact player on and off the field, in the classroom, just in the weight room, in the offseason, just does everything right," Indians head coach Anthony Burgos said of why Solomon was worthy of the honor.
The 6-foot, 215-pound Solomon played running back and middle linebacker for the Indians. He rushed for 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns and made 120 tackles. He
committed to Villanova
in July and signed his letter of intent to play for the Wildcats Dec. 19.
He'll likely be a defensive back for Villanova.
National Signing Day capped a remarkable autumn for Solomon, whose team won the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) 3A title with a 17-14 victory against Linganore Nov. 29. A last-second field goal by kicker Simon Spath clinched the title for the Indians, who have won three 3A titles during the past six years.
Franklin went 12-2 en route to the title, and Solomon's leadership was no small reason Franklin had the season it did.
"His work ethic, just the way he comes to practice and his mentality, he competes at everything he does, so the competition aspect of his demeanor is what really separates him," Burgos said.
Solomon holds a 3.1 GPA at Franklin and is planning to study business at Villanova.
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