Most Baltimore City high school football buffs will have their attention locked on this Saturday’s matchup between Dunbar (6-1 overall) and Edmondson Westside (5-2 overall), two top contenders for postseason play.
But even the top contenders would warn you not to overlook teams like the City College Black Knights, who aren’t far from the top themselves. City College currently sits on a 5-2 overall record, with their only losses suffered against heavyweights Dunbar and Patterson.
The Black Knights have managed to remain competitive within a tough Baltimore City Division I by utilizing their outstanding running game and playing lights out defense.
“It’s safe to say we take pride in our running game and focus a lot on that aspect of our game,” Black Knights head coach George Petrides told the AFRO. “DeQuan Smith and Tyrell Moore have done a great job of running hard this season, and our fullback Tre James and offensive line has done just as good of a job blocking for them.”
City’s powerful rushing attack is why the team has earned all of their wins this season by multiple touchdowns. But the Knights have also held three teams completely scoreless this season, beating Digital Harbor 41-0, Lake Clifton 48-0, and Mervo 32-0.
“The shutouts are a testament to how well our defense has been playing,” Petrides said. “Tre James has also been our most outstanding defensive player at the end position and Lamar Montgomery has been really good too at nose tackle.”
City hopes their strong run game and tight defense holds up enough to help them earn a seed in the state playoffs. Last season the team played well, but just missed out on qualifying for the postseason with a 7-3-2 record.
This year, the goal is the same as always: win a state championship. But they’ll have to keep winning games, starting with a matchup against Reginald F. Lewis on Oct. 22.
“To qualify for the playoffs, you have to be in the top four teams and we’re just outside of that top four, one point behind Dundalk,” Pretrides said. “So it’s time to go to work.”