There had been talk this season that all the contenders in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference were mirror images of each other. They all had great defenses and inconsistent offenses.
Yesterday, City College pretty much blew that theory apart, while blowing host Forest Park away, 46-0, as speedy tailback Hari Lymon ran for 109 yards, three touchdowns and four two-point conversions.
This one was over at the half, as City (5-0, 4-0) built a 38-0 lead over the Foresters (2-4, 2-3), who were allowing an average of 12.0 points. City's 46 points are the most scored by an A Conference team this season.
The Knights scored on all four of their first-half possessions. The defense got the final touchdown of the half when linebacker Kenyunia Williams picked off a pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown just before the half ended.
The quickness of City's offensive line of Jason Burke, Kenya Johnson, Marshall Holmes, Xzavier Logan and Shawn Scott was too much for the Foresters as was their big, imposing line featuring 6-foot-2, 340-pound Eric Conaway.
"This is the best they've played all season," said City coach George Petrides. "We were worried about their size but we weren't going to play with them inside. We were going to go outside. Today we used the option. We hadn't really run it a lot but today we just felt like it would work."
Lymon scored on almost identical touchdown runs of 10 and 13 yards in the first half while picking up 82 yards on 15 carries. Both times he took pitches from quarterback George Suber and beat the defense to the outside.
Fullback Antonio Travers scored on a 24-yard run and Suber threw a perfect 35-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Banks streaking down the sideline. Banks made a terrific over-the-shoulder, finger-tip catch without breaking stride.
"We thought they would be tougher," said Lymon. "We owe this to our line. They moved the big boys. They were quicker and beat them to the punch to open holes for our backs."
Lymon added a 3-yard touchdown run and the conversion run in the third quarter after Aaron Ames blocked a Forest Park punt, giving City the ball at Forest Park's nine to complete the scoring.
City's quickness on defense also kept the Foresters off balance. The Knights, who have allowed just 28 points this season, limited Forest Park to just 54 yards total offense in the first half and 49 in the second half.
Forest Park running back Rentate Sterrette, who entered the game with 572 yards rushing, was limited to 36 yards on 13 carries.