City is a football team full of questions. Questions like: Is the Black Knights' defense better than the offense? Is their rushing game better than the passing game? Do they really need a punter?
One question that need not be asked is: Are the Black Knights better than Gibbons? Their 36-12 victory over the Crusaders yesterday at City left little doubt.
But that game did prompt the only real question here: Is No. 2 City better than No. 1 Calvert Hall?
Gibbons coach Frank Trcka, whose team lost to Calvert Hall, 17-9, earlier this season, seems to think so.
"This is the best team we've played," Trcka said of the Black Knights. "They're much quicker [than Calvert Hall]."
Next week, City plays Calvert Hall. Trcka, not surprisingly, had no prediction.
But City (6-0, 5-0 in the Maryland Scholastic Association A conference) had some business to take care of first. The Knights did not look past No. 15 Gibbons (3-4, 3-3). If anything, the Knights looked through the Crusaders.
City dominated both offensively and defensively. The score would have been even more lopsided, but Gibbons stopped City on downs inside the 1-yard line on the Knights' first two possessions of the game.
But City exploded for 22 points in the second quarter. The first touchdown came on a 3-yard run by Hari Lymon, who scored two touchdowns and ran for 139 yards.
The next two scores were touchdown passes from Terrence Suber, who was 4-for-5 for 97 yards in the game, to Trent Green and Brandon Bull.
Defensively, the Knights held Gibbons running back Eugene Marshall to 92 yards, his lowest total of the season.
City coach George Petrides agreed that balance is one of the keys to his team, which is among the area leaders in scoring and scoring defense.
"We're capable of attacking a lot of different areas," he said. "If someone shuts down one thing, we can go somewhere else. We're not afraid to gamble because our defense can stop somebody."
The Knights showed some resilience in the second half. Just after Gibbons had scored to make the score 22-6, City scored a touchdown at the end of a four-play drive.
Petrides said City is ready for Calvert Hall.
"Right now, we're showing improvement every week," he said.