The Poly Western Engineers maintained their perfect record, advancing to a 9-0 overall record this season, but it didn’t come easy. Poly had to hold off a group of hungry Mervo Mustangs who were motivated to put an end to Poly’s winning streak.

Mervo made Poly fight until the very end of the fourth quarter, but the Engineers eventually closed out the game with a 34-20 win on Friday, Oct. 28 at Art Modell Field at Mervo High School.

Mervo’s team came into the game with a struggling 2-5 record versus Baltimore City opponents, far outside of the picture for playoffs candidacy, so no one expected them to give Poly’s its first loss of the season. But Mervo came in playing with a new attitude, scoring two touchdowns to take a 14-12 lead into halftime.

It then appeared as if the Mustangs would run away with the game as they opened the second half with an interception on defense by senior Delonte Jennings, giving the ball to their offense mid-field. Mervo scored just a few plays later on a 40-yard touchdown strike from senior quarterback Andrew Gamble caught by senior Jordan Price, pushing the Mustangs ahead, 20-12.

That’s when Poly turned their game up to the elite level, scoring on the very next play from scrimmage as senior Jamal Chappell broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 20 after a 2-point conversion. Poly’s defense wouldn’t let Mervo’s offense get near the end zone for the rest of the game, as the Engineers went on to score two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to sustain their perfect season.

“That’s the life and times of a Mervo principal; close but no cigar,” said Mervo principal Craig Rivers. “But our guys definitely came to play today and stuck in there for four quarters with the best team in the city. I’m proud of them.”

Mervo now drops to 3-6 on the season and will face Douglass (2-7 overall) in the final game of their season on Nov. 4. Poly will see City College (5-3 overall) in its regular season finale held on Nov. 5 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Here are other Baltimore football scores from the weekend:

City College blasted Southwestern, 46-12
Dunbar beat Carver Vo-Tech, 22-12
Digital Harbor beat Douglass, 12-0


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor