WILMINGTON, Del. -- Touchdowns by William Boyd and Antwain Smith provided the difference as Poly (4-0, 2-0), top-ranked in Baltimore, defeated Salesianum School (1-2-1), 12-7, at Baynard Stadium last night.
It was the 30th meeting between the two schools in a closely contested series that Poly leads, 12-11. Seven games have ended in a tie. The teams have met annually since 1960, with the exception of 1988 when a Poly schedule conflict prevented the game.
"It was a typical Sallies' game. I knew it would be. Last year was a fluke [when Poly won 50-14]," said Poly coach Augie Waibel. "Salesianum did an excellent job. They had us well scouted."
Waibel also mentioned several Poly players. "Lenard Marcus played well on defense making some nice tackles. Steve Jones did a nice job rushing the passer -- he and Deron Young."
"We had 13 first downs, they had seven," Salesianum coach George Glenn said. "We played well enough to beat them. We made some mistakes." Salesianum out-gained Poly, 218-128.
The kickoff, scheduled for 7:30, was delayed until 7:50 as The Engineers' two buses were delayed by an accident near the Beltway on I-95.
Boyd's touchdown got Poly out to a 6-0 lead with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter. The Engineers, after taking the opening kickoff, consumed 12:30 of the period as they drove 72 yards in 18 plays.