Unbeaten Patterson High scored the game's final 17 points to pull away from host Dunbar and hand the Poets their second defeat in as many games, 29-14, yesterday in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference contest.
For a little more than a half, Dunbar (0-2, 0-2) stayed with the favored Clippers (3-0, 1-0). The inexperienced Poets took a 14-12 lead early in the second quarter when Hollis Roberts broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run, but that would be the Poets' last hurrah.
Patterson's defense stiffened, limiting the Poets to just 23 yards on their next three possessions. The Clippers picked up a safety to even the score at 14 when Dunbar punter Kim Kent was tackled in the end zone by cornerback Avon Paul after catching a high snap.
It was the second consecutive week the Poets yielded a costly safety. Last week, Northwestern edged the Poets, 10-8, on a safety when Dunbar snapped the ball through the end zone on a punt attempt.
Yesterday the punting game continued to have its problems. One of Kent's punts was blocked in the first half by Buddy Edmond, leading to a touchdown. Another first-half punt went just 19 yards and led to a Patterson score.
"There's no doubt that punt block won the game and the subsequent punts where we put pressure on them," said pTC Patterson coach Roger Wrenn. "Our scouting report showed they had a couple of weaknesses [on the line] and that's where we got in at."
After the Clippers drew even at 14 on the safety, they took the ensuing punt 55 yards on eight plays for a score. Edmond scored from a yard out to cap the drive. Edmond's point-after made it 21-14.
After limiting Dunbar to 2 yards in three downs, Patterson took possession and went 53 yards on seven plays for a score. William Rosenberger (15 carries, 78 yards) scored his second touchdown on a 4-yard run and Paul caught a pass from Ronald Green for the conversion to make it 29-14.
Edmond completed just three of eight passes in the first half for 26 yards. In the second half, he completed three of five for 54 yards and made the option work with five carries for 34 yards.
Dunbar tailback Paul Banks finished with 16 carries for 83 yards and one touchdown, but he did most of his damage in the first half. In the second half, he was limited to two carries for 14 yards.
The loss left Dunbar coach Pete Pompey with his worst start since his 1982 Edmondson squad began the season 0-3. That team went on to win seven straight and capture the B Conference title.