The Paul L. Dunbar Poets are proving they still have one of the stingiest defensive units in high school football, shutting down the City College Knights, 18-6, in Baltimore City Division I contest on Sept. 17 at Poly Tech.

After holding Dunbar of Washington, D.C. to just eight points in the season opener on Sept. 3, the Poets followed up with another dominant defensive performance against City College.

The Poets scored just two touchdowns on offense, both earned in the first half. But that’s all they would need as the Knights struggled to put together anything offensively against the tough Poets.

Dunbar scored the first points of the game in the first quarter following a blocked punt that gave them the ball on the Knights’ 21-yard line. Running back Lavar Highsmith eventually ran in a 9-yard touchdown to push the Poets ahead, 6-0.

Dunbar went up, 12-0, after Aaron Haynes intercepted a City pass and ran it back 40 yards for a touchdown. Haynes also caught a 39-yard touchdown pass on offense that gave the Poets an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

City College scored its only points on defense with a touchdown scored on an interception return.

“Their defense, that’s what happened,” City College coach George Petride told a Baltimore Sun reporter after the game. “We threw the house at them. We tried to run it right at them. We tried the short pass. We tried the long pass. They’re very athletic on defense.”

Dunbar may have also benefited from an extra week of rest after being forced to forfeit last week’s game against Baltimore City Division I foe Southwestern High. The Poets were punished because they engaged in a fight with Dunbar of Washington, D.C. during the fourth quarter of the I-95 Kickoff Classic two weeks ago.

“Because of the incident in the first game, we got a week off, a nice week of rest and a nice week of scouting against City,” Haynes told the Sun. “So we felt like everything that they were coming at us with, we already knew.”

Dunbar (2-1 overall, 1-1 division) will now prepare for Mergenthaler Vo-Tech (2-1 overall, 1-1 division) on Sept. 23, while City (1-1 overall division) takes on Carver Vo-Tech (0-2 overall and division) the same date.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor