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Frederick Douglass High School football team took home the 2A State Championship trophy Dec. 6.

For the first time in school history, Frederick Douglass High School football team took home the 2A State Championship trophy after defeating the Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School 38-0 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Dec. 6.

Douglas came into the game as the underdogs, with Dunbar having nine state titles, the most in Maryland.  Douglass had, not only one of the best defenses this season, but also one of the best offenses, and it showed. The Eagles scored an average of 44.2 points per game this season.

Both teams took a lot of early chances, including the Eagles not kicking the extra point after scoring and the Poets’ going for the goal on 4th down.

After the Dunbar Poets’ failed to convert on the 4th down, the Eagles took advantage and drove 98-yards down the field for a score of 12-0.

Poets’ quarterback Zionnez Spencer had a tough game. He was sacked numerous times and threw an interception.  The Eagles led 18-0 at halftime.

In the second half, the Eagles scored right away raising their score to 24-0.  The Poets’ had no chance against the run offense and staggering defense of Douglass.  Douglass had a total of 410 rushing yards on their way to shutting out Dunbar for their first ever state title.

“You know it’s an amazing feeling,” Eagles head coach Julius Pinkney said during a press conference.  “It’s been a magical run.”

Eagles Junior Quarterback Devin Butler told {ABC}, “We knew that they had been here before, but we didn’t think about it at all. We didn’t even think about it being this stadium, we thought about it being our home field, because we knew we could win on our home field.”