He was not exactly Dandy Don, but Donald Meredith may have given himself an edge in the quarterback battle at Dunbar High School yesterday.
A 19-yard touchdown pass from Meredith to Travis Blackston with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left lifted Dunbar over visiting Edmondson, 14-6, in the opener for both teams.
Meredith completed three of eight for 46 yards, one interception and the touchdown. He also ran for the conversion on the final score.
Nathaniel Smith, who has battled Meredith all summer for the starting role, did not complete any of his four passes and was intercepted once.
After the game, Dunbar coach Pete Pompey did not say the starting job belonged to Meredith.
"Both kids did well in spots," said Pompey. "Meredith did a great job. He's an innovator."
Edmondson took a 6-0 lead when quarterback Keith Hardy threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to James Coombs in the first quarter. Despite a combined 250 yards rushing by Paul Page, Irving Montgomery and John Hinkson, the Redskins did not score again.
Dunbar scored late in the first quarter, capping a seven-play, 70-yard drive with fullback Tim Armstrong going 8 yards off left tackle for the score. The drive's key play was a play-action pass from Meredith to Bell for 26 yards.
Dunbar senior tight end Kevin Washington, the area's third-leading receiver the past two seasons, was slowed by a sore ankle. He caught two passes in the first half but did not play in the second half.
It was a tough loss for Edmondson coach James James, who was an assistant under Pompey until Pompey left Edmondson after nearly a decade to replace Bob Wade at Dunbar in 1986.
Edmondson's defense turned in a solid performance until the game-winning score.
"It was definitely a defensive breakdown," said James. "We felt we could lay off a pass like that, and it hurt us."