Poets stifle Westlake's late move for 14-6 win Semifinal game to match Dunbar with C.M. Wright

3A football

November 19, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Less than a minute remained in yesterday's 3A quarterfinal at Morgan State. Visiting Westlake, down by eight points, had the ball at Dunbar's 6 after Danny Horrell blocked a punt and the Poets were hit with two penalties.

But the next three plays consisted of Poets' defensive back Derry Williams batting down a pass at the goal line, and Chris Hall and Jason Boyce recording sacks of Jake Pearson.

Linebacker Tommy Polley called it "vintage Dunbar" moments after the Poets had run out the clock for a 14-6 victory.

Boyce simply called it "a relief," as the No. 1 Poets (10-1) earned a place in next week's 3A semifinal against No. 7 C. Milton Wright, which routed No. 8 Randallstown, 28-0, on Friday.

After the game, tied at 6 at halftime, Polley referred to two previous games the Poets won after being tied at halftime: A tTC 26-8 win over Calvert Hall and a 20-0 decision of Lake Clifton. "We're used to pulling it out with our defense," Polley said. "Our heads were never down."

The Wolverines (8-3) of Waldorf, whose largest player is 6-foot-3, 225-pound Division I prospect John Chisolm, also played well defensively, holding Dunbar to 156 total yards, most of those coming from Ali Culpepper (94 rushing yards).

"I have a lot of confidence in our defense," said Westlake coach Dom Zaccarrelli, who got solid play from Horrell, Brandon Trichel and Jabarri Reeves. "We just couldn't punch it in against their big front line when we had the chance."

The Wolverines, stopped inside Dunbar's 20 four times overall, had just 11 of their 114 total yards in the second half.

Poets coach Stanley Mitchell credited Hall (6-4, 225), Deon Johnson (6-3, 320), Dwayne Green (6-4, 240), Antar Simsel (5-10, 230), Doug Hampton (fumble recovery) and Dahnell Singfield, who intercepted his sixth pass of the year.

Dunbar capitalized on two turnovers to score, the first after the Poets' Brett Thomas recovered a fumble by Gerald Gant at the Westlake 25. On fourth-and-4, Hampton hauled in Anthony Wiggins' 20-yard pass for a 6-0 lead.

"It was a post pattern, which we worked on. Our kids were caught off guard," said Zaccarrelli.

The Wolverines tied the game at 6 just 38 seconds before halftime on Pearson's 11-yard strike to Gant. "We had some momentum there," said Zaccarrelli.

But on its opening possession of the second half, Westlake's soccer player-turned-punter Adam Barringer, at Westlake's 23, had the ball snapped over his head. Polley beat Barringer to the ball, fell on it for a touchdown, then caught Wiggins' conversion pass for the winning margin 7:02 before the final period.

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