The Mervo Mustangs remained undefeated after holding off the Dunbar Poets, 20-14, in overtime on Oct. 16 in a Baltimore City High School football matchup at Mervo High.

The win improved Mervo’s record to 7-0 overall this season, and 2-0 against Baltimore City opponents.

Mervo was on the brink of suffering its first loss of the year, trailing Dunbar for most of the game and down 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter. But Mervo scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Gavin Nicholson Jr. at the start of the fourth quarter to tie the score.

The Poets received the ball first in overtime, but were stopped on fourth down. Mervo took over on offense and scored the game-winning touchdown on a run by Dwayne McLaurin.

It was by far the hardest-earned victory this season for the Mustangs, who hadn’t trailed in any of their first six games this year. Mervo head coach Patrick Nixon said he believes this game will help the team moving forward.

“Teams are going to be coming for us now because we’re at the top,” Nixon said after the game. “They’re going to be hunting for us, just like Dunbar did, and we know it. We have to be ready for all challengers and surviving a tough team like Dunbar only helps.”

Dunbar quarterback Darius Jones-Clark scored both of the Poets’ touchdowns. Dunbar fell to 4-2 with the loss.

Next: Mervo will face Edmondson-Westside (6-1) on Oct. 23, while Dunbar takes on Carver Vo-Tech (0-8) on the same date.