City stuffs Poly in last turkey game Bigger Knights prevail, 20-0, cap 2nd unbeaten year in row

November 27, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Years from now when the City players are reminiscing about their final Thanksgiving Day victory over Poly at Memorial Stadium, chances are the number 20 will be one of the things remaining uppermost in their minds.

Twenty, as in 20-0, the score of the 104th annual meeting between the schools yesterday. And 20 as in the number of City wins without a loss, as the top-ranked Knights (10-0, 9-0 league) secured their second straight -- and perhaps their last -- Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference football title.

Baltimore City schools left the MSA this fall to join the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, and the state association's intricate playoff point system may discourage city schools from playing the MSA's small private schools.

But that is the future. Yesterday was a day for giving thanks for the game just played and the second straight undefeated season just completed. City coach George Petrides no doubt was giving thanks for his massive linemen, whose average weight (more than 240 pounds) is the main reason the Knights recorded their fifth shutout, having outscored their opponents 268-41.

"Their [Poly's] line was just at a huge disadvantage," said Petrides, 43, whose career record improved to 98-68-1 since 1975. "We just went right at them -- we outweighed them by a lot."

"It feels great to win," said 6-foot-2, 255-pound tackle Shawn Scott after City narrowed its series deficit to 50-48-6 against Poly. "Now we're going to celebrate with some turkey."

The Knights feasted on the Engineers yesterday, gorging themselves on 319 yards of offense -- 33 in the air -- across a muddy field.

Junior tailback Ricky Dangerfield rushed for 109 yards and his team-leading 14th touchdown, and senior running back Trent Green gained 96.

"Our game plan was just to run, run, run, run," said Dangerfield, a 5-7, 150-pound junior who -- in the early season -- did not figure as prominently in the Knights' long-range plans as did Green and 6-1, 230-pound fullback Antonio Travers (seven carries, 36 yards).

Dangerfield and Green -- each of whom runs a 4.4 40-yard -- -- got more action than usual yesterday, since Travers, the Knights' leading rusher with 719 yards, was slowed by a leg injury.

Travers' 4-yard touchdown with 5:55 left in the first period capped City's game-opening, 11-play, 72-yard drive in which Green ran four times for 20 yards and Dangerfield rushed four times for 27.

Quarterback Terrence Suber gained 15 of his 36 yards in that drive and ran for the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

"I never felt better about a game in my life," said Suber, who has accounted for 1,596 yards of City's offense this year, including 944 passing.

With 1:28 left in the game, Suber ran 10 yards around the left

side toscore his seventh touchdown of the year.

"Even though we led [14-0] at halftime, we knew the game wasn't over. We were in the same situation against Mount St. Joseph," said Suber, referring to a season-opening 15-14 win, in which the Knights allowed 14 fourth-quarter points after building a 15-0 halftime lead.

"We came out a little sluggish in the third quarter, but we never let the momentum change."

Poly had the ball just three times in the first half, with Dangerfield's 7-yard touchdown run ending a 10-play, 92-yard march 9:51 before the intermission.

"I wanted to help the seniors to go out in a good way," said Dangerfield. The big-play offense that coach Augie Waibel hoped would make the game "a dogfight" never materialized for second-ranked Poly (7-3, 7-2).

The Knights held Poly to just 57 total yards of offense -- 40 of which came in the first half.

Poly had the ball just once in the first quarter, taking it to the Knights' 39-yard line before blowing its best opportunity to get back in the game. The Engineers trailed 8-0 when Greg Kyler -- all alone just 10 yards from the end zone -- saw Mike Forstner's pass slip through his hands.

After that, Poly got beyond midfield only once, with a second-quarter march ending at the Knights' 44. In the third quarter, the Engineers had a third-and-11 situation at midfield, but had to punt after Kyler was dropped for a 5-yard loss.

"Defense is probably the most underestimated aspect of our game," said Petrides. "It's [defense] been great all year. This was just an exclamation point to that."

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