The Poly Western Engineers held onto their title as the top team in Baltimore City Division I football after coming back to beat the No. 2 Dunbar Poets, 18-14, in a divisional battle on Oct. 21 at Poly Western Field in West Baltimore.
Poly trailed, 14-12, with just minutes left in the game, and appeared as if they would lose their first game of the season as the Dunbar offense closed in on a late, decisive touchdown. But an untimely fumble by Dunbar receiver Aaron Hayes gave the ball back to Poly with just three minutes remaining. Poly quarterback Derrell Milburn took over the game at that point, breaking off two long runs, including a 37-yard touchdown dash with only a minute left that pushed the Engineers ahead, 18-14.
Dunbar drove the field in the final minute of the game; with senior star Deontay McManus hauling in some big passes, including a 30-yard catch on fourth down. But Dunbar ran out of time once they reached Poly’s red zone.
“This was a big win for us; it was a very big win,” Milburn told the AFRO. “We never quit on ourselves and it paid off big time.”
.Other Poly players to score touchdowns were senior running back Jamal Chappell and senior receiver Jordan Garrison. Chappell helped cut Dunbar’s lead to 14-12 at the start of the fourth quarter with a short touchdown run, and Garrison scored the first points of the game on a 44-yard touchdown catch near the end of the first quarter.
Dunbar scored all of its 14 points through McManus, who scored on two short touchdown runs.
Poly advanced to a perfect 8-0 record, 7-0 versus Baltimore City Division I teams. Dunbar fell to 6-2 overall, 5-2 versus the city. Poly will take on Mergenthaler Vo-Tech on Oct. 28, while Dunbar prepares for Carver Vo-Tech on the same date.