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The Dunbar Poets of Baltimore advanced on to the Maryland 2A state semifinals after beating the Patterson Clippers of Baltimore, 20-8, in the regional finals on Nov. 20 in Baltimore, Md.

The win marked Dunbar’s 50th playoff victory in school history after the Poets (9-2) barely squeezed into the playoffs with a victory over Edmondson-Westside in the regular season finale on Nov. 6. 

Dunbar dominated the Clippers both offensively and defensively: Quarterback Darius Jones-Clark tossed three touchdown passes and the Poets’ defensive unit limited Patterson to just one score in the first half before shutting them out for the entire second half. 

The Poets victory avenged their regular season loss to Patterson; they fell to the Clippers, 16-14, on Sept. 25.   

Next – Dunbar will face North Caroline of Ridgley, Md., on Nov. 27 in the state semifinals. 

In other Baltimore City Action: 

-Franklin fell to Dundalk, 20-16 

-Edmondson-Westside had a rest week and will face Allegany of Cumberland, Md., on Dec. 5.