Dunbar storms past Edmondson to title 20-6 win gives No. 6 Poets second straight city crown

November 09, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It started under a driving rainstorm. By halftime, hail the size of marbles littered the field. Flashes of lightning could be seen in the dark, gray skies on a couple occasions in the second half.

In between, Edmondson and host Dunbar played a football game. With the field reduced to a quagmire, Dunbar was able to slop out a 20-6 victory.

The win gave the No. 6 Poets (8-2, 2-0) their second straight Baltimore City 3A league title and second consecutive state Class 3A East region championship. Dunbar, the two-time defending state champion, will be the host of a state playoff quarterfinal game next Saturday at Morgan State, where it has yet to lose in four postseason games.

It's unlikely the Poets will be playing under the conditions they faced yesterday, which wiped out much of the metro area's scheduled games. Poets coach Stanley Mitchell and Edmondson coach Pete Pompey decided to continue to play after a hail storm caused a 10-minute delay with under a minute remaining in the first half.

"It was so important for us to get this game over with so we start preparing for next week," said Mitchell, who's 7-1 in the postseason. "We've still got a lot of work to do. There was some things that I saw that I wasn't happy with at all, whether it was because of rain or not."

The rainy conditions forced both teams to concentrate on running the ball, where Dunbar, led by Carlrome Randall (107 yards, 11 carries), out-gained the Redskins (4-6, 1-1).

Randall, along with Jason Boyce (72 yards), Derry Williams (47 yards), Jonathan Thomas (36 yards) and Denelle Halle (35 yards) have been carrying the running load for Dunbar in the absence of Ali Culpepper.

Culpepper, the area's top college running back prospect, saw his first action yesterday since injuring his ankle in a 14-0 loss to Lake Clifton on Oct. 18, finishing with 51 yards.

Culpepper's conversion run, after a 2-yard scoring run by Halle, gave Dunbar a 14-6 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. Culpepper had 22 yards during the 11-play, 55-yard scoring drive.

The Redskins opened the second half with Sam Scott (103 yards) rushing the ball 46 yards in four carries to the Poets' 34, but he fumbled on first down. Antwar Sims-El picked up the ball for Dunbar and returned it to the Edmondson 46.

The Poets ground out 11 plays for their final score as Williams took the ball into the end zone from a yard out with five seconds left in the third quarter. Halle kept the drive alive with an 8-yard run on fourth-and-eight from the 14.

"The fumble really hurt," said Pompey, who coached at Dunbar from 1987 to 1992. "It broke the momentum we had going. We had the ball, and if we got into the end zone, the complexion of the game would have changed a great deal."

Patterson 36, Southern-BC 0: Damon Branch rushed 12 times for 79 yards, two touchdowns and two extra-point conversions to power visiting Patterson (9-1, 8-0) to its fourth consecutive Class 4A city championship with the shutout over Southern-BC (0-10, 0-8). Tomez Williams scored a touchdown and added 13 tackles.

Pub Date: 11/09/96

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