Dunbar manhandles Carver, 22-0

September 26, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Carver High sophomore Ector Hendricks, 5 feet 8, 148 pounds, stood in his mud-caked football uniform in the pouring rain, screaming at sophomore lineman Kenneth Taylor to "block somebody."

The scene, with about two minutes left in yesterday's 22-0 loss to Dunbar in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference game, embodied the frustration of the visiting Bears.

At 6 feet, 220 pounds, Taylor is bulky but not big enough to contend with the Poets' linemen, most notably 6-9, 305-pound junior Derrick Player and 5-6, 240-pound senior Vashawn Ragsdale.

That, and a swarming attack led by linebacker Hollis Roberts (5-10, 210) and defensive lineman Keith Washington (5-9, 240), snuffed the Bears' offense, holding it to minus-32 yards.

The Poets (3-0, 2-0), who scored all of their points in the second period, sacked Anthony Miller three times for minus-26 yards. Roberts sacked him twice for minus-22. Even Carver back Thomas Jackson, who rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns in an 18-12 victory last week over Southern, was rendered ineffective.

"Our kids just came ready to play," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey, "We wanted to make some big plays and I think we did a lot of the things that we talked about."

After a scoreless first period, Miller ended a Dunbar drive with an interception at the 2-yard line. But Carver was forced to punt after moving the ball just 5 yards.

Jackson's punt out of his end zone at 11:30 of the second quarter was blocked by Washington and recovered by teammate Elton Banks, who also had an interception in the game, for a touchdown.

Roberts' conversion run made it 8-0, and the Bears (2-2, 2-1), who limited the Poets to 225 total yards -- 61 in the second half -- were in trouble.

"Our line, I think, is one of the best in the city, if not the B Conference," said Washington. "Carver had a nice team, but we know how to play in the rain, and I think that gave us an advantage."

It showed on the first play of Carver's ensuing possession, as Miller -- starting from inside the Carver 10 -- fumbled, and Dunbar's Shannon Boone recovered on the 7.

Two plays later, Roberts darted in from the 4 to make it 14-0. Omar Parker caught E.J. Fitzgerald's conversion pass to give the Poets a 16-0 lead with 9:11 left in the half.

With 2:10 left in the half, Fitzgerald found Parker for a 41-yard scoring pass and a 22-0 lead.

"They were dead after that, and we were totally hyped," said Roberts. "After the second quarter, I think it was a whole different game."

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