The Edmondson-Westside Red Storm scored two defensive touchdowns to upset Baltimore City’s top-ranked Dunbar Poets, 14-0, in the annual Eaton Memorial game on Nov. 1 at Lumsden-Scott Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Edmondson’s win marked the first time the Red Storm defeated the Poets in the Eaton Memorial game since its inception following the death of former Poets head coach Ben Eaton in 2007.

The Eaton Memorial game was established to honor the legendary Dunbar coach, who also mentored former Edmonson coach Dante Jones and several assistant coaches on Edmondson’s staff. Jones played under Eaton for Dunbar’s 1994 and 1995 state championship teams.

But Edmonson had never won any of the Eaton Memorial games until this year’s edition, when they surprisingly held Dunbar scoreless. Junior defensive back Jaequan Hill, a transfer player from Patterson, was the player of the game, scoring both of the Red Storm’s touchdowns. Hill stripped and recovered a fumble and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and then intercepted a pass from Dunbar junior quarterback William Crest and returned it 55 yards for another defensive touchdown in the third quarter.

“He makes big plays,” said Edmondson coach Corey Johnson. “We tried to get him on the field as much as possible.”?

It was the first shutout Dunbar suffered since 2006, when the Red Strom beat them 12-0.

The shutout advanced Edmonson’s record to 5-3 overall and 3-2 against Baltimore City opponents. Dunbar is now 7-2 overall, and 4-1 against Baltimore City.

Despite the loss, Dunbar can still win the Baltimore City Division I title with a win over Southwestern on Nov. 8. Edmondson will face Mervo the same night

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor