The Dunbar Poets of Baltimore captured their second straight Maryland 1A High School Football Championship, the eighth championship in the last 10 years, as they knocked out Perryville of Cecil County, 32-11, in the state title game on Dec. 3 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Perryville proved to be no match for the highly-explosive Poets, who came on strong in the second half, pouring on 16 points in the last few minutes of the game, turning what was started out as a close contest into an easy blowout victory.
The Poets trailed, 11-8, at halftime after Perryville scored its only touchdown on a long pass down the field at the top of the second quarter. Perryville had a chance toward the end of the second quarter to go up by two scores, but was held one-yard short of a touchdown, saving Dunbar’s chances at a comeback.
Fresh after halftime, Dunbar began to dominate, as fullback Charles Brown Jr. broke for a 25-yard touchdown run, pushing the Poets ahead, 16-11. Dunbar wouldn’t relinquish the lead from that point forward, scoring two more touchdowns late in the fourth quarter for their title. Senior star DeonTay McManus scored a short touchdown run and senior Paki Brown also scored a touchdown run for the Poets to end the game.
“A lot of people doubted us, said we wouldn’t get back to the championship and win it,” Brown shouted after the game. “But we showed them what Poet Pride is all about, and we’re bringing another title back to the city.”