Play, then work, for Dunbar

October 21, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Unsatisfied with the way his No. 2 Poets played against Forest Park, Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell had them doing calisthenics on the Foresters' field after yesterday's game.

This after recording their fifth shutout of the season -- their fourth straight -- by 26-0, having held the Foresters (3-3, 1-1) to a net of minus-two yards offense.

"Coach Mitchell's never satisfied, but he had good reason to be upset," said Poets tight end/linebacker Tommy Polley.

"We had people missing practice and not going hard this week, and it showed today."

The source of Mitchell's ire was a first quarter in which the Poets held Forest Park to minus-11 yards but also failed to score.

Dunbar has outscored its opponents, 208-6, but amassed just 198 yards of offense.

"I was very disappointed with the way we played," said Mitchell, "They [Foresters] have a good coach [Obie Barnes] who showed us a different read defensively. We weren't picking up their blitz."

However, just 30 seconds into the second period, the Poets (6-0, 1-0) began blitzing en route to a 19-0 halftime lead.

Linebackers Terrence Hinton (seven tackles, half a sack) and Lance Atkins (five tackles) as well as linemen Shamai Butler (one sack), Carl Carter (one sack) and Benjamin Patterson (half a sack) led a Dunbar defense that helped set up its first two scores.

Forest Park faced a first-and-10 at its 49 when safety Bruce Pendles returned an interception to the Foresters 20.

Two plays later, Reggie Boyce (13 carries, 78 yards) scored his 11th touchdown of the year from 20 yards to make it 6-0.

"Our offense just wasn't clicking today," said Pendles, who has five interceptions. "That interception was the big turning point that we needed."

.` The next scoring series, which

gave Dunbar a 12-0 lead with 2:09 left in the half, belonged to Polley.

First he downed a 46-yard punt by teammate Dante Jones at the Forest Park 5.

Four plays later, Polley recovered a fumble at Forest Park's 15 after punter Donaz Williams let it slip through his hands.

Two plays after that, Polley (four receptions, 64 yards), standing just inside the back of the end zone, out-leaped a defender for a 5-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Wiggins.

Pendles intercepted quarterback McKinley Jones again on Forest Park's next series, setting up a five-play, 70-yard march that included a 47-yard pass to Polley and ended with Alli Culpepper's two-yard touchdown run 23 seconds before halftime.

Culpepper made it 19-0 after kicking his first of two extra points. His point-after kick followed Wiggins' 8-yard touchdown run with 3:50 left in the game.

The victory avenged last year's come-from-behind loss to Forest Park and, coupled with a win over winless Northwestern next week, would secure the City 2A League crown.

Northwestern comes off a 26-20 loss to City in which it led, 14-0, before losing on a touchdown with 20 seconds left.

Forest Park's Aaron Thompson, who entered the game with 628 rushing yards and five touchdowns, carried the ball 13 times for minus-one yard. Thompson, a sophomore, carried the ball just three times for minus-five yards in the second half.

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