Can anyone score against the Dunbar Poets?

For the fifth consecutive game, Baltimore City’s reigning champions shut out their opponents, as Forest Park fell 49-0 in the second round of the Maryland regional playoffs tournament on Nov. 16 in Baltimore, Md.

The Poets’ string of shutouts started on Oct. 19 with a victory over Poly, 28-0. Dunbar then went on to shut out Carver Vo-Tech, 64-0, and defeat Patterson, 12-0. Dunbar extended their shutout streak into the Maryland state high school playoffs with a 51-0 beat down of Forestville Academy in their first round matchup on Nov. 9.

“We’re really focused in on playing to our best ability,” said Dunbar quarterback William Crest.

As they did against Forestville, Dunbar leapt out to an early lead against Forest Park, scoring both on the ground and through the air. The Poets rapidly poured on the points, but as usual their suffocating defense overwhelmed their opponents.

Dunbar’s secondary, led by junior cornerback Dominic Miller, has ruined opposing quarterbacks, intercepting passes left and right.

“Defense wins championships,” said Dunbar head coach Lawrence Smith. “As long as we keep the pressure up, we’ll reach our championship goals real soon.”

Dunbar (11-1 overall) advanced to the third round of the playoffs, and will take on Brunswick High School (8-4) of Brunswick, Md. on Nov. 23.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor