There were 27 games played on Nov. 12 in the opening round of the Maryland state football playoffs, but none quite like the Dunbar Poets vs. Southside Academy 1A South regional semifinals matchup.

You would have thought the No. 2 seed Poets were facing a junior varsity team instead of a top state contender as they blasted Southside, 60-0, at Art Modell Stadium at Mervo High School.

But Dunbar didn’t do anything different from their normal style of play; they simply ran the ball well and played stout defense, and when the final whistle blew, they ended up scoring more points while allowing the least points scored by any other contender.

Dunbar stars Paki Brown, DeonTay McManus and Travon Garrett helped the Poets score seven touchdowns, the most they’ve scored all year outside of the 68-0 beat down they put on the Institute of Business back in October.

“We were focused and executed about as well as you can,” Poets coach Lawrence Smith said. “We have to stay focused on the goal and that’s to keep winning until there are no more games to be won.”

Dunbar will now face the winner of the Forest Park vs. Forestville matchup in the next round of the playoffs.

In other Baltimore City high school football action:
No. 2 Patterson edged No. 3 Thomas Jefferson, 30-27, in 4A North semifinals
No. 1 Eastern Tech shut out No. 4 Dundalk, 42-0, in 2A North semifinals


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor