Each of the top Baltimore City high school football contenders took care of business over the Halloween weekend, picking up wins to stay in reach of a playoff berth.
The Mergenthaler Vo-Tech Mustangs edged out City College, 17-16, on Oct. 30 to improve to 8-1, tied for first place in the Baltimore City Division 3A standings. The Douglass Mighty Ducks of Baltimore City also won a close game, 6-0, over Digital Harbor, to move to 7-1 and stay tied atop their division standings with Mervo. Douglass and Mervo will meet in the regular season finale on Nov. 6 to determine who takes the division crown; Mervo will also need a win to keep its place in the regional standings and make the playoffs.
Edmondson-Westside (8-1 overall) also retained first place in the Baltimore City Division 1A standings with a 22-0 shutout win over Carver Vo-Tech on Oct. 30. The same applied for the Patterson Clippers, who still reign over the Baltimore City Division 2A standings following a 42-8 rout of Lake Clifton the same night. The win advanced the Clippers to a 9-1 overall record, keeping them ahead of the Dunbar Poets, who are still fighting for a playoff slot. The Poets improved to 6-2 after crushing Poly, 48-20, on Friday night.
Usually the most dominating team in Baltimore City high football, Dunbar only has to make it into the playoffs for a legitimate shot at winning a Maryland state title. The Poets will need a win in their season finale against Edmondson on Nov. 6 to keep their playoff hopes alive.