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Baltimore’s Dunbar Poets advanced in the state regional playoffs after dispatching the Eastern Tech Mavericks of Baltimore County, 28-14, in the regional semifinal on Nov. 13 at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex.

The Poets will face the Patterson Clippers in the regional finals on Nov. 20 at Polytechnic Institute in West Baltimore City. 

Dunbar (8-2 overall) continued to prove why they are perhaps the most dangerous team in Maryland in these playoffs. After barely securing their 14th straight postseason appearance with a win in their regular season finale, the Poets faced the Mavericks in the opening round for the second consecutive year.  Last year, Dunbar beat Eastern Tech in the final seconds of the playoff game, and this year’s rematch wasn’t much different.

Tied at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter, the Poets came up with a big play on special teams, recovering a fumbled punt return by Eastern Tech (10-1) that set Dunbar up with the ball at the goal line. Running back Montez Clay then ran in for the easy score to push the Poets ahead, 21-14.

Dunbar strapped down on defense and forced a turnover-on-downs for Eastern Tech, giving the Poets great field position once again. Clay took advantage, scoring his second touchdown of the game not long after and stamping the final score at 28-14.

Dunbar’s first two scores of the game came on a touchdown pass from quarterback Darius Jones-Clark in the first quarter and a touchdown run by Malik Morris one quarter later.

Next: The Poets will face another tough opponent in Patterson (10-1), who edged out Hereford, 8-0, in the opening round on Nov. 13.

Other Baltimore City Teams in the Playoffs:

–The Mervo Mustangs (9-2) were shut out by the Howard Lions of Howard County, 20-0.

Edmondson-Westside (9-2) crushed National Academy Foundation, 66-0. They face Friendship   Academy in the next round on Nov. 20.

Douglass (8-2) survived Franklin in a shootout thriller, 71-70, and will face Dundalk on Nov. 20.