BALTIMORE — The Dunbar Poets saw its five game shutout streak come to an end but that still didn’t stop them from blowing away their opponents as they clobbered the Brunswick Railroaders from Frederick County Md, 40-8, in the state 1A football semifinals on Nov. 24 at the Sugar Cane Field in Baltimore, Md.

The Poets haven’t allowed an opponent to score a single point in more than a month of action, but Brunswick, usually known for its highly efficient passing attack, was able to steal a touchdown to end the impressive streak.

Brunswick’s lone score for the game came on a 42-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter by quarterback Collin Nusbaum.

But by that time, Dunbar had already built a 24-0 lead, thanks to a couple of long touchdown sprints by junior running backs Coleman Blackston, and Dominic Miller. In total, the Poets scored five rushing touchdowns in the game to extend their points total to 40 as running backs Paki Brown, a senior, and junior Aaron Savage also ran in a couple of scores.

“This is what we do, we get our running game going and play lockdown defense,” Poets head coach Lawrence Smith said. “That’s always how Poets Football will be.”

The Poets (12-0 overall) have now made Maryland playoff history with the most victories ever in state tournaments.

Dunbar’s stout defense and ground and pound running game will now be tested in the Maryland 1A championship game against New Town (11-2 overall) on Nov. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

If they win, it’ll be their ninth state title, and seventh title won throughout the past decade.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment all year long,” Coach Smith said, “Now it’s time to handle our business.”

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor