City frustrates sinking Dunbar, 20-18 Turnovers cost Poets, help drop them to 1-3

September 27, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In yesterday's 20-18 upset of No. 12-ranked Dunbar, unranked City capitalized on five turnovers, overcame specialized coverage against its top player, and got a major contribution from a running back who couldn't make last year's team.

Lamar Jones, cut from last year's squad, rushed for two touchdowns and 78 yards, and Bryant Johnson (five receptions, 118 yards, one touchdown) benefited from the special attention Dunbar's defense paid to All-Metro wide receiver Warren Smith.

Though limited to just one reception for 13 yards, the 6-foot-4 Smith found other ways to contribute as the Knights improved to 2-2 overall (1-0 in the city's East Division).

Smith's fumble recovery at City's 1-yard line helped end a Dunbar drive that had covered seven plays and 59 yards in the first quarter. And his interception in the end zone, with his team up 8-6 and 3: 38 left in the first half, led to the Knights' next scoring drive.

That drive covered 80 yards in five plays and ended with Vincent Deloatch (6-for-17, 129 yards) finding Johnson for a 15-yard scoring pass and a 14-6 halftime lead.

"They were doubling and bumping Warren," said Johnson, who set up his own score with a 47-yard reception. "They left me open a lot."

Johnson's 32-yard reception, to the Dunbar 15-yard line, set up the next play -- Jones' game-winning 15-yard run for a 20-12 lead with 9: 43 left to play.

"I think they thought I was all we had and didn't respect Bryant, Lamar, or our team," said Smith, who had 46 receptions for 851 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. "Everyone contributed today."

City's Marcus Martin set the tone on Dunbar's opening drive, blocking a punt that rolled out of the end zone for a 2-0 lead.

It was 8-0 with 4: 19 left in the first period after Jones' 5-yard scoring run -- off an option pitch from Deloatch -- capped a seven-play, 35-yard drive that was set up by Derek Brown's interception.

Defensively, the Knights' second-team All-Metro defensive back James Gee had a fumble recovery and an interception, and Stephan Jones contributed a sack.

Dunbar (1-3, 0-1), penalized 10 times for 92 yards, came within 8-6 on a 6-yard interception return by Chris Barnes late in the second period.

The Poets were within 14-12 with 16 seconds left in the third period after second-team All-Metro Dahnel Singfield (17 carries, 117 yards) capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Singfield rushed seven times for 62 yards in the march.

The Poets were within 20-18 with 4: 57 left after Danelle Hale's 3-yard touchdown run finished off a nine-play, 73-yard drive during which James Thomas and Duane Turrentine combined for 70 yards.

"City was well-prepared, scouted us well, but we continue to hurt ourselves with silly mistakes," said Poets' fifth-year coach Stanley Mitchell, whose record is 43-10 but now has lost three regular-season games for the first time.

Pub Date: 9/27/97

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