Dunbar Poets coach Lawrence Smith said that the playoffs start early for his team, but Dunbar already looks to be in playoff shape. Such is evident following a 16-0 win over Edmondson Oct. 23 and with a 22-0 victory against Poly on Oct. 30.

For the second consecutive week, Dunbar was completely dominant on defense, holding Poly’s powerful offense to just 131 total yards and keeping them off the scoreboard. But the defense also helped put points on the board, as Dunbar star DeonTay McManus intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.

Dunbar also scored on special teams as Travon Garrett scored a 44-yard touchdown on a fake punt. Garrett read the defense before the snap and took advantage of an opportunity.

“I saw the way they lined up,” Garrett said, “so I told my center to give me the ball.”

Garrett credited the blocking of his line for allowing him to score on the play, and Smith said the offensive line is the reason Dunbar rushed for 235 yards, including the game’s first touchdown on a 13-yard rush by Paki Brown.

“The offensive line came alive tonight,” Smith said. “It was a great win.”

McManus agreed, saying that a win against Poly (6-2 overall) doesn’t come easy.

“Poly is one of the best teams in Baltimore City,” McManus said. “Nobody has shut them down this year. I know what this defense can do, how hard we work.”

Dunbar advanced to an 8-1 record and will close out its regular season on Nov. 5 against Digital Harbor.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor