No. 2 Poly looking to engineer reversal Football Revenge, rank, title on line vs. No. 1 City

November 06, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Though Poly's 20-0 football loss to City took place nearly a year ago, Greg Kyler remembers a particular play as if it had just happened.

The Engineers trailed, 8-0, in the first quarter when Kyler -- all alone 10 yards from the end zone -- let Mike Fortstner's slightly overthrown pass slip through his hands.

As the game wore on, City's Ricky Dangerfield rushed for his14th touchdown of the season and 109 of his team's 319 total yards. Kyler's squad totaled just 57 offensive yards. The Knights (then 10-0) eventually earned their 20th straight win and second consecutive Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown.

Top-ranked City (9-0) now is going for its 30th straight win.

"We took them for granted, but that was then," said Kyler, who this year has 15 touchdowns on 873 yards rushing and 15 receptions for 205 yards.

Kyler -- a slot-back -- will try to erase those memories when he and Dangerfield face each other again today at Morgan State's Hughes Stadium in the 105th annual meeting of their squads.

"This time," he said, "we're trying to show them what Poly's really about."

No. 2 Poly (8-0) has a 50-48-6 lead in the series, which was moved from Memorial Stadium where the motion picture "Major League II" is being filmed.

It's the first time since 1944 that the teams won't meet on

Thanksgiving. City schools this year joined the state association, which forbids regular games once next weekend's playoffs begin.

Instead of the MSA A title, the game is for the city 3A league title. It's no longer the final game of the year, and neither coach had the usual two weeks to prepare for it, but neither coach expects the game to lack intensity.

"The big difference is that it's not the last game of the year -- but that won't take away from how important it is to everyone," said City's George Petrides, who is 107-68-1 since 1975, last losing to Poly, 27-0, in 1990.

Poly's Augie Waibel is 230-50 in 31 seasons.

"Usually, you have 10 to 12 days to add a few wrinkles that the other team hasn't seen," he said. "But I don't think it will make any difference. It's going to be a dogfight because in the Poly-City game, you throw everything out the window."

Dangerfield leads the Knights with 1,008 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, and wide receiver Dwight Banks has 35 receptions for 776 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with five of his team's 14 interceptions.

City quarterback Terron Matthews has thrown for 1,006 yards and 16 touchdowns, and running back/wide receiver Corey Simpson (212 yards, four touchdowns) showed explosive potential with his 236-yard effort against Patterson -- a 24-8 victory.

But Kyler's team is more balanced than it was last year, with tight end Arthur Peace (17 catches, 400 yards, five touchdowns) and running back Louie Randall (490 yards, eight touchdowns). Quarterback Charles English has 604 passing yards and 11 touchdowns.

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